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in every season Get treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD),
whenever you need it.

If you think you might be experiencing SAD—also known as seasonal depression—Ro Mind is here to help you navigate treatment for mental healthcare. Take the first step by completing an online assessment now.

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More About SAD

SAD is a type of depression that affects millions of Americans. People usually experience symptoms of SAD when the amount of daylight shifts in fall and winter (but sometimes during the arrival of spring and summer).

Symptoms of SAD can be life-altering and may include:

  • Changes in mood, including depressed mood
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Changes in appetite
  • Lack of energy
  • Lack of interest in activities one used to enjoy
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Feelings of hopelessness or suicidal thoughts
  • There are effective treatments available for seasonal depression, including antidepressant medication.

How Ro Mind
Works For You

A comprehensive mental health evaluation

After you complete your online assessment, Ro Mind will connect you with a healthcare provider within 48 hours. On a video call, your provider will:

  • Review your medical and psychiatric history
  • Discuss your symptoms
  • Develop a treatment plan that’s right for you, if appropriate

Optimized treatment plans with medication (if prescribed)

  • Prescribed medication comes to your door with free 2-day shipping
  • Or, pick up your medication at a pharmacy of your choice

Thoughtful and ongoing provider support

Your provider will be there to offer guidance every step of the way.

  • Regular check-ins with your provider to discuss how your treatment plan is going
  • Message your provider at any time (expect responses within 24 hours during regular working hours)
  • Schedule up to three virtual visits with your provider per month

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?

SAD, or seasonal depression, is a mood disorder that is a subtype of major depressive disorder (MDD). People usually experience symptoms of SAD when the amount of daylight shifts in fall and winter (but sometimes during the arrival of spring and summer) and may experience symptoms annually. SAD may be connected to shorter days, which generally affect how much natural light exposure you receive. This may affect your circadian rhythm (your internal clock) as well as the natural amount of serotonin (a hormone important to your mood) and melatonin (a sleep-regulating hormone) your body produces.

SAD most commonly first presents itself when one is in their 20s or 30s. Somewhere between 4 and 6 percent of people may experience SAD in the wintertime, and up to 20 percent of people may experience milder symptoms.

Ro Mind offers treatment for SAD, as well as depression and anxiety, if appropriate.

Explore topics that matter to you with Virtual Sessions

Virtual Sessions are pre-recorded, educational videos created by accomplished mental healthcare experts. You can learn from Virtual Sessions on your terms—you’ll have 24/7 access to videos and exercises.

  • Virtual Sessions make it easy to learn valuable tools to manage your mental health.
  • Learn about an extensive list of topics, including more information about SAD; tools to cope with anxiety; and how to get a better night’s sleep.
  • Expect regularly refreshed content that you can access anytime.
Learn more about Virtual Sessions

FAQ

How Ro Mind works

Who is Ro Mind for?

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Ro Mind is for adults seeking evaluation and/or treatment for anxiety and depression. Ro Mind does not offer access to treatment for any conditions outside of anxiety and depression, such as bipolar disorder or any other psychiatric condition. Providers on the Ro Mind platform do not prescribe controlled substances, including benzodiazepines (such as Xanax), stimulants (such as Adderall), or opioids (such as Percocet).

How does it work?

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You’ll take an online assessment that was developed and written by U.S.-licensed physicians and experts in psychiatric medicine. The online assessment consists of clinically-backed questions that ask about your symptoms. Your healthcare provider will respond within 24 hours to schedule a live one-on-one video chat to talk next steps and discuss medication options, if appropriate.

What are Virtual Sessions?

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Virtual Sessions are pre-recorded, educational videos and self-guided exercises. Developed and created by accomplished mental healthcare experts, Virtual Sessions provide regularly refreshed content about a broad range of mental healthcare topics.

What is Ro?

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Ro is the healthcare technology company building a patient-centric healthcare system. Ro’s vertically-integrated primary care platform powers a personalized, end-to-end healthcare experience from diagnosis, to delivery of medication, to ongoing care. With a nationwide provider network, in-home care API, and proprietary pharmacy distribution centers, Ro is the only company to seamlessly connect telehealth and in-home care, diagnostics, and pharmacy services nationwide to provide high-quality, affordable healthcare without the need for insurance. Since 2017, Ro has facilitated more than six million digital healthcare visits in nearly every county in the United States, including 98% of primary care deserts.

What treatment is available through Ro Mind

What medications can Ro Mind-affiliated healthcare providers prescribe?

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Providers on the Ro Mind platform may currently prescribe one medication from a list of available medications for the treatment of anxiety and depression, if appropriate. Ro mind-affiliated providers do not prescribe controlled substances, including benzodiazepines (such as Xanax), stimulants (such as Adderall), or opioids (such as Percocet). Treatment through Ro Mind is not available for individuals with bipolar disorder or any other psychiatric condition other than anxiety and depression.

If I’m already prescribed a medication, can I switch to Ro Mind?

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If you are currently being treated, you and your Ro Mind-affiliated provider can decide together whether Ro Mind can support your goals, and whether it’s best to switch from a current medication or to stick with one that you know works for you.

Does Ro Mind membership include psychotherapy or talk therapy?

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Ro Mind does not provide psychotherapy or talk therapy sessions.

Is it legal to prescribe medication online?

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Yes. Ro Mind telehealth technologies enable healthcare professionals to practice medicine and take care of patients remotely. Every doctor or nurse practitioner that you interact with is licensed to evaluate and treat patients and prescribe medication. Providers on the Ro Mind platform only treat patients and prescribe medications in the states in which they are licensed, and the Ro Mind platform complies with all governing medical laws in the United States.

Can I use any pharmacy?

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If you choose our pharmacy network, we’ll ship your treatment to you in our discreet packaging. We offer free shipping on every order, as well as customer support 365 days a year. You can always choose your own pharmacy, although Ro Mind cannot guarantee the pricing of the medications processed outside of our pharmacy network. It’s also important that your pharmacy is able to receive e-prescriptions and that it’s part of the Surescripts Network (the Surescripts Network includes 95% of pharmacies across the country).

What is depression?

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Depression refers to pervasive feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities you normally enjoy. It is perfectly normal to feel sad from time to time. However, if these feelings are around for longer periods of time and are associated with certain other symptoms—such as changes in your sleep pattern, appetite, and/or difficulty concentrating—they can interfere with your daily life. Feeling intense sadness or depression for weeks (or longer) can affect your close relationships, your performance at work/school, and your ability to socialize. If this is the case, you may have major depressive disorder, and it is best to seek professional care.

What is anxiety?

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Anxiety is a pervasive feeling of nervousness, worry, or fear. It is completely normal to feel stress from time to time. For example, some stress can be normal right before taking a final exam, when delivering an important presentation at work, or when making a big life decision like moving to a new place. However, when these feelings don’t go away or begin to appear even when there isn’t a clear reason for them, they can affect your everyday life. If this is the case, you may have generalized anxiety disorder, and it is best to seek professional care.

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?

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SAD is a subtype of major depressive disorder (MDD), a type of depression. People usually experience symptoms of SAD when the amount of daylight shifts in fall and winter (but sometimes during the arrival of spring and summer). SAD is caused by biochemical changes in the brain that can occur every year as the seasons change.

What happens if my symptoms go away during my membership?

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The natural course of SAD is that symptoms will resolve once the time of year associated with symptoms passes (either fall-winter or spring-summer). Your Ro Mind-affiliated provider will work with you to determine if and when you no longer need treatment and develop a plan for ending your treatment and membership. You will be welcome to return to Ro Mind the next season (or at any time) if and when your symptoms return.

Accounts and billing

How much does Ro Mind cost?

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Plans cost $65 per month. The first month is $15.

What is included in Ro Mind’s cost?

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Your $65 monthly fee ($15 for your first month) includes up to three one-on-one live check-ins with your healthcare provider per month, ongoing provider support, and medication (if prescribed) with delivery. Members will also have on-demand access to Virtual Sessions.

Does Ro Mind accept health insurance?

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Ro Mind does not accept health insurance. Services, products and medications offered through Ro Mind are not covered by insurance.

Can my flexible spending account (FSA) and/or health savings account (HSA) funds be used to pay for Ro Mind?

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While you cannot use your FSA/HSA card as a payment method, you are welcome to submit your Ro Mind documentation for FSA/HSA reimbursement directly. We cannot guarantee coverage (or not) of Ro Mind services by your specific FSA/HSA plan.

When can I expect results?

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In general, it may take 4–8 weeks for you to know if your medication is working. You may not be the first to notice if your symptoms are improving. People close to you may pick up on changes in your mood or behavior before you do. It is not uncommon to try multiple different medications or dosages before finding the one that's best for you. Please reach out to your provider if you have any questions about how your medication is working.

How much does the online assessment cost?

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The online assessment is free. If the provider determines that you are not eligible to be treated via telemedicine, it will still cost $0.

How do I end/cancel my Ro Mind subscription?

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If you are a Ro Mind member considering ending your treatment, we recommend you reach out to your provider with your concerns before discontinuing your service. Suddenly stopping certain antidepressant medications can cause a number of side effects, including flu-like symptoms, insomnia, and others. As a result, it can be dangerous to abruptly end treatment without proper medical guidance. However, Ro Mind members can discontinue treatment at any time by logging into their account at my.ro.co. At the bottom of your screen, click “Discontinue treatment.”