Future of Therapy 2016: What Excites You Most About Mental Health Care Innovation?

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“What excites you most about mental health care innovation?”

To give the public a preview of our Clinical Conference, The Future of Therapy, we asked some of our panelists this question.

Check out their insights below!

Jenna BirchFreelance Writer at Yahoo!

Jenna Birch Talkspace conference panelist

There’s no one way to care for your mental health. If I’ve learned anything over the past several years, it’s that everyone has different struggles and needs. With so many advances in technology, social media, therapy and connectivity, I think we’ll see a lot of mental health care tailored to very individual needs. That’s amazing.

 

 

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These Famous Women Are Fighting the Stigma of Mental Illness

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Because we’re all about discussing mental health and fighting the stigma of mental illness, we at Talkspace decided to celebrate women who are changing the conversation on mental health and illness for the better.

Some use their star power to challenge stigma and inspire others to open up about mental illness. Others innovated in fields relevant to mental health. Past or present, they are part of the reason our society is moving toward breaking the stigma of mental illness and valuing mental health. Continue reading These Famous Women Are Fighting the Stigma of Mental Illness

The Anxiety Muslims Deal With in the Time of Trump

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This is a photo of a supporter at a Trump Rally in New Hampshire.

Anxiety disorder is the second most common mental health issue Muslim Americans deal with, according to The Journal of the Islamic Medical Association of North America [JIMA]. Many Muslim Americans attribute a large portion of this anxiety to “finger pointing” and discrimination following 9/11.

Organizations such as JIMA have not yet determined whether Donald Trump’s Islamophobic rhetoric have caused a statistically significant difference in these anxiety issues. Nonetheless, stories and insights from the Muslim community demonstrate Trump’s rise to political power has added layers of anxiety and exacerbated struggles Muslims have coped with since 9/11.

Talkspace reached out to our community of therapists to examine how Trump’s movement has affected their Muslim clients’ mental health and communities. Continue reading The Anxiety Muslims Deal With in the Time of Trump

Reconciling Religion and Therapy: Why You Can Talk to God and a Therapist

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When people practice their religion seriously and believe in the healing power of God or other divine forces, it can be hard to accept the idea of a therapist providing mental enlightenment in addition to what they receive from their faith-based communities. There might be stigma in their community regarding therapy and mental illness as well as people who explicitly tell them not to see a therapist.

If you are religious and interested in seeing a therapist, know faith and therapy are not mutually exclusive. There are millions of people who are involved in religious communities and see a therapist, finding happiness in both spaces and without feeling they are compromising any belief.

Understanding religious criticisms of therapy and how these people moved past the stigma could be your first step toward finding an extra source of happiness and an unexpected place to deepen your faith. Continue reading Reconciling Religion and Therapy: Why You Can Talk to God and a Therapist

Dating a Man with Depression: What You Need to Know and Do

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When you date a man with depression, it can become a struggle to maintain a relationship with him and protect your own mental health. The experience is not fundamentally different than dating someone without a mental illness, but there are issues that are more likely to arise.

By understanding these issues and knowing how to respond, you can support the man you love without threatening the relationship or your emotional wellbeing. Continue reading Dating a Man with Depression: What You Need to Know and Do

Want to Know Why These People Ghosted You?

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No matter how hard we try to forget them, we want to know more about the people who permanently cut us out of their lives suddenly and without explanation — the people who “ghost” on us.

Why did they do it? Was it something we did?

You might never hear from those people, but listening to the hard truth from anyone who ghosted will provide valuable insights.

It’s more complicated than cowardice. Ghosting alone does not make someone a horrible person, and there are many reasons why people ghost. Understanding them might be what you need to move on. Continue reading Want to Know Why These People Ghosted You?

Should You Forgive Someone for Cheating?

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When someone cheats on you, your mind and emotions scream at you to hate, punish and never forgive. It’s hard to let go of those feelings.

Nonetheless, forgiving someone for cheating will actually benefit the faithful person more than the cheater. The anger we feel after infidelity is like a poison that lives in us. Forgiveness is the antidote and the only way to move on.

You should try to forgive someone for cheating, but only once you understand what forgiveness means and how you can achieve it. Continue reading Should You Forgive Someone for Cheating?

How to Tell if Someone is Judging You: Defining Judgment

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The words “judge” and “judgment” have negative connotations and tend to place people in a no-win situation. You don’t want to be judged, yet you want to be able to tell if someone is judging you. Even when we know discovering the truth might hurt, curiosity wins.

Judgment, however, is not necessarily something to worry about. There are positive, neutral and negative forms of it. Whether it’s therapy or an actual courtroom, the key is understanding which one you are dealing with and learning how to respond. Continue reading How to Tell if Someone is Judging You: Defining Judgment

It’s Time to Screen All Pregnant Women for Depression

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We all know postpartum depression is a serious issue, but many people do not know about peripartum depression: symptoms of depression during pregnancy, especially in the weeks approaching birth.

Roughly one in five women experience an episode of depression during pregnancy or in the year after giving birth, according to a report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality [AHRQ]. About half of these women have “serious symptoms,” The New York Times reported.

The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force [USPSTF] issued a recommendation in The Journal of the American Medical Association that urges primary care doctors to implement depression screenings for pregnant women. These screenings will improve depression symptoms by encouraging women to proactively seek treatments such as psychotherapy, the USPSTF said. They involve questionnaires and scales designed to evaluate symptoms of depression. Continue reading It’s Time to Screen All Pregnant Women for Depression

How To Tell If You’re Talking to a Bot: The Complete Guide to Chatbots

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Quick Note from Talkspace: Because we provide online messaging therapy, we frequently hear from potential clients who want to be sure they are chatting with a therapist, not a chatbot. All of our therapists are licensed, flesh and blood humans, but we understand the concern. Whether it’s online therapy, social media or online dating, everyone deserves to chat with the humans they believe they are connecting with. We made this guide so people can answer the big question: Bot or not?

When we message with people on the Internet, we deserve to know they are, well, people. In a time where bots drive more than 60% of web traffic, it’s reasonable for consumers to be wary of chatbots masquerading as humans.

This variety of bot talks with you on sites such as Tinder and Facebook. Programmers design chatbots to simulate real conversation long enough to convince you to buy something, click on a link or offer personal information.

The key to detecting and reporting them is understanding how they work in various contexts. Then you can exploit their weaknesses and out them as robots! Continue reading How To Tell If You’re Talking to a Bot: The Complete Guide to Chatbots