Hallucinations, and the Passing of Oliver Sacks

Hallucinations, and the Passing of Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks: When people die, they cannot be replaced. They leave holes that cannot be filled, for it is the fate — the genetic and neural fate — of every human being to be a unique individual, to find his own path, to live his own life, to die his own death.

– by Liz Campese / Staff Writer

It’s always hard when you realize that someone you respected and admired has passed away, and that is exactly what happened to me yesterday. I read that Oliver Sacks died at his Greenwich Village home on Sunday morning (August 30th) at the age of 82. The cause of death was cancer. Continue reading Hallucinations, and the Passing of Oliver Sacks

Social Media For Good: 15 of the Best Tweets About Depression

Social Media For Good: 17 of the Best Tweets About Depression

Depression, one of the most common and most stigmatized mental disorders of them all, has had a rare moment in the spotlight this summer as Twitter users spoke out and banded together over the illness.

– by Molly Enking / Talkspace Social Media Manager

Their tweets offer a rare glimpse into the world of those who struggle with depression daily, but may not speak up – even to their loved ones.

Using the hashtags #TheWorstPartOfDepressionIs (trending August 7th), #MHDignityMarch (trending August 18th) and #EndTheStigma (used by most mental health organizations), users are bravely opening their hearts and minds to the Twittersphere—and promoting a conversation that very much needs to happen in this country. Continue reading Social Media For Good: 15 of the Best Tweets About Depression

Understanding the Lingering Impact of Trauma on Relationships

Why do some people become addicted?

“Someone who has experienced trauma also has gifts to offer all of us – in their depth, their knowledge of our universal vulnerability, and their experience of the power of compassion.”  – Sharon Salzberg, author and teacher.

– by Jor-El Caraballo, LMHC / Talkspace Therapist 

Understanding the Lingering Impact of Trauma on Relationships

It’s 7:10 PM and you’re anxiously waiting at the restaurant your partner has picked out for your weekly date night. You usually run a little late because you try on three different outfits before you leave, but tonight you arrived early for your 7 PM dinner reservation and have been waiting at the restaurant since 6:50 PM.

You want to show your partner that you’re committed to working on your punctuality. The server has stopped by several times to take your order, and you’ve grown increasingly uncomfortable as you wait for your partner.

Continue reading Understanding the Lingering Impact of Trauma on Relationships

Dear Therapist: Do You Believe In Free Will?

Dear Therapist: Do You Believe In Free Will?

“We must believe in free will, we have no choice.” – Isaac Bashevis Singer

– by Anonymous Talkspace User

When I was a kid, I used to think that life was predominantly joyful, that people were for the most part self-less, and that age would make the majority of people a whole lot wiser – I was wrong. Life is beautiful, but it’s also heartbreaking, complicated, worrisome, and definitely not as uplifting as I once thought it was. People can be kind, but kindness is often conditional and in short supply. And becoming a grownup seems like nothing more than being a bigger kid with a bigger vocabulary, in a bigger playground facing bigger bullies. Continue reading Dear Therapist: Do You Believe In Free Will?

Why Do People In Committed Relationships Cheat? (Part 1)

Why Do People In Committed Relationships Cheat?

Why do people cheat, and what can be done to prevent it?

An interview with Talkspace Therapist & Head of Clinical Development, Nicole Amesbury, MS, LMHC Continue reading Why Do People In Committed Relationships Cheat? (Part 1)

We Need to Get Better at Talking About Mental Illness

How to Shame the Stigma Around Mental Illness

Mental Illness is nothing to be ashamed of, but stigma and bias shame us all – Bill Clinton

We live in a busy and chaotic world where it can be difficult for us to find inspiration or direction.

Thanks to social media outlets and mainstream media, we are constantly bombarded and marginalized by messages touting perfection. It seems that our best is not “good enough.” And nowhere is this “imperfection shaming” phenomenon more visible than when discussing the topic of mental illness. Continue reading We Need to Get Better at Talking About Mental Illness

3 Fool-Proof Signs You’re Now Ready for Dating

3 Fool-Proof Signs You’re Now Ready for Dating

Dating is a strange and tedious process.

You’ve probably noticed that we live in a digital age, with more people than ever living up the “single lifestyle”: friends with benefits and relationships with no-strings attached (NSA). Furthermore, people in both rural and metropolitan areas are increasingly turning to non-traditional relationships of other varieties. Continue reading 3 Fool-Proof Signs You’re Now Ready for Dating

Win The War On Worry

Win The War On Worry

When we worry, we engage in a debilitating mental and physical processes. This is the last thing our minds and bodies need.

It’s time to win the war on worry.

We like to go to war when we consider something to be wrong or bad: the war on drugs, the war on poverty, the war against crime. But here’s a groundbreaking idea for you, how about we wage a war on worry – and win. Unless of course, you really, really enjoy worrying.  Continue reading Win The War On Worry

Dear Therapist: How Do I Find My Purpose in Life?

Dear Therapist: How Do I Find My Purpose in Life?

Without a purpose in life I feel like I’m floating in the open ocean with no destination.

– by Anonymous Talkspace User

I have a wonderful career, plenty of interests, lovely friends, and a partner I can only thank my lucky stars for, but I often feel incomplete – as if something that I require to be whole is missing. Don’t get me wrong, I still practice gratitude and mindfulness (to the best of my ability anyway), going so far as occasionally engaging in meditation, but whatever that missing part is, it has eluded me thus far. It’s hard to explain to others that I am often unhappy, especially because of the life that I appear to be living. And I think it has a lot to do with lacking a long-term vision for my life. Continue reading Dear Therapist: How Do I Find My Purpose in Life?

Summertime Blues: Making Sense of Summer Depression Stemming from Seasonal Affective Disorder

Summertime Blues: Making Sense of Summer Depression Stemming from Seasonal Affective Disorder

Most of us have heard of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and associate it with the winter months. This makes sense since it’s dark and cold during that time of year. And though it is, indeed, more common to feel depressed during the winter, there’s more to SAD than simply that. Read on.

The days are longer, it’s warm and sunny, and everyone is relaxing and having fun. So then, how is it still possible to feel blue? Summer Depression resulting from Seasonal Affective Disorder is hard to wrap our minds around, and it’s mainly because of cognitive dissonance. Continue reading Summertime Blues: Making Sense of Summer Depression Stemming from Seasonal Affective Disorder