Educating the masses on mental health and battling the stigma of mental illness is a massive mission. That’s why the world needs dedicated mental health bloggers and writers who frequently cover relevant issues. They help us think progressively so we can build a world where everyone takes mental health seriously and does not discriminate against those with mental illness.
Planning to do anything — even something fun and relaxing for the holidays — takes work and sometimes causes stress. Then you might want a vacation from the vacation.
Spending at least a day doing nothing is essential to having a restful holiday where your mind and body power down. But that’s only the beginning of why making time to do nothing over the holidays is great for your mental health.
When Monique Prince and her former husband had trouble conceiving, they decided to adopt children from a Ukrainian orphanage. Because adoption laws are different in the Ukraine, adopting children from this orphanage did not risk a potential custody battle with the biological parents.
“We didn’t want the children to be taken from us after we adopted,” Prince told Talkspace during a phone conversation.
These children desperately needed the kind of home Prince wanted to provide. The temperature in the orphanage was barely above the freezing point, Prince said. No one held the babies or gave them any sort of affection. The staff did not have the training or energy to properly address basic needs such as diaper changing and bottle feeding. Continue reading The Harm Orphanages Can Have on a Child’s Mental Health
Sending a friend or family member a Talkspace E-Gift Card is a great idea! You need to be tactful, though. If you send it without having a positive conversation with them beforehand, they might take it as you saying they are annoying or need to be “fixed.”
Remember, this gift card is not a way of saying “you need help” to someone. It is an invitation for this person to join you in living a happier and mentally healthier life. Keep reading to learn how to have the right conversation with the one you care about before sending the gift card. Continue reading The Right Way to Send Someone a Talkspace E-Gift Card
It takes weeks, sometimes months to see results in therapy, but there are ways to gauge whether you are making progress. The key is looking at both long and short-term goals and improvements. You can vent to a friend and feel better for a day, but only a licensed therapist can help you become happier and healthier for the rest of your life.
Starting with Short-Term Goals
Sometimes It’s OK to Trust Your Gut
When building any relationship with someone, there is chemistry and intuition, feelings of satisfaction when you are lucky enough to click with this new person. Sometimes clients commit to sessions with a great therapist but realize he or she is not the right fit. It’s no one’s fault. Still, therapy won’t work for you if you’re toughing it out with a therapist who is the wrong fit. Continue reading Is Therapy Working for You? How to Know Your Therapist is Helping
I spent seven years being very single — as in striking out most of the time — until I found an amazing woman to be in a healthy relationship with. During the tail end of that period, I started therapy where I often worked on negative beliefs and patterns that caused me to waste time chasing after women who weren’t interested or right for me. By the time I began dating my girlfriend, therapy had taught me how to communicate in a dating environment, use reasonable beliefs to find great women who were interested in me, and form a happy relationship.
There are thousands of stories like mine where clients have worked with a therapist to become happier and healthier people, which is way more attractive than it sounds. Listen to some of these stories and more details of mine to learn how therapy is the way to have a great dating life and find someone you can be happy with. Continue reading Can Therapy Help You Get a Date?
Seeing a therapist in an office is not affordable for most Americans. This is unfortunate for people who have looked past the stigma of therapy and committed to living happier lives but can’t afford the therapist’s rates. The average therapy session costs $75-150 an hour, and good luck if you live in a place like New York where the range jumps to $200-300.
People who rail against therapy accuse therapists of being greedy, but therapists actually have valid reasons for their high prices. Nonetheless, don’t believe you are stuck paying for therapy you can’t afford. Learning why it is so expensive is the first step toward searching for alternatives and paths to affordable therapy. Continue reading How Much Does Therapy Cost? (And Why Is It So Expensive?)
I’ll admit I did not handle things well the first time I searched for a therapist. I punched in my zip code on my family’s mental health care provider website and picked from the first page of results. That was my search.
Because I didn’t take the necessary steps, I wasted time and money going from therapist to therapist before finding a good fit. I didn’t know about online therapy, which would’ve helped me because I didn’t have my own car and couldn’t rely on the limited public transportation in my hometown. Even after I found the right therapist, I moved across the country and had to start the process again (another hassle online therapy would’ve circumvented).