What Are People In Therapy Saying About Life Post-Trump Victory?

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As a therapist, I experienced a variety of client reactions following the election results on November 8. Some clients were happy with the results. Others were fraught with intense anxiety and fear over what the next four years would be like for the United States.

Some of the country experienced shock at the election results. A theme I keep hearing from clients is the realization of such stark differences in viewpoints across the country.

For many those viewpoints are different than those in their immediate surroundings. These viewpoints are different than those people have seen in their social media feeds.

Everyone is in shock. The impact, however, is revealing itself in different ways. Continue reading What Are People In Therapy Saying About Life Post-Trump Victory?

How Can Families Reunite After Trump’s Victory Split Them Apart?

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Before the 2016 election, writer Michael Noker was “incredibly close” with his mother. He saw her as a role model because of her strength, feminism and history of overcoming abuse. Before he came out as gay, his mother was already teaching him the importance of respecting members of the LGBT community.

Then he learned she was voting for Donald Trump. Because of Hillary Clinton’s persecution of her husband’s accusers during his sex scandal, his mother didn’t perceive Clinton as a more feminist choice than Trump. She was also disappointed with Obamacare and seemed to want a new leader who would change it.

When Noker told her about Trump’s comments on the infamous tape with Billy Bush, she dismissed them as “probably taken out of context.” He also informed her of the many sexual assault allegations Trump faced. She dismissed them as well, saying it was suspicious that women were coming forward so many years after the purported incidents. Continue reading How Can Families Reunite After Trump’s Victory Split Them Apart?

When Your Family Brings Up Post-Election Politics During Thanksgiving

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It’s going to happen. You’re praying it doesn’t, but it’s inevitable.

During Thanksgiving, one of your relatives is going to bring up post-election politics. If your family members have opposing political views, this could be the beginning of a terrible evening. Your annoying uncle might say Trump isn’t so bad, which spurs your equally annoying aunt into going on a rant about how your uncle hates women.

A few minutes later everyone is shouting and arguing about issues and people you are sick of hearing about: Trump, his cabinet, Hillary, her emails, the electoral college, Bernie Sanders, Obamacare, 2020 and much more. There’s a chance someone will rope you in and pressure you to take a stance in front of the whole family.

What do you do? How do you handle the situation and the stress? Continue reading When Your Family Brings Up Post-Election Politics During Thanksgiving

How We Can Heal After This Horrible Election Cycle

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Whether it’s watching wide-eyed as Trump swept the electoral college, experiencing Trump-related anxiety, feeling like Hillary called you a deplorable, watching your favorite politician get trounced in the primaries or discovering someone you like voted for the candidate you abhor, this election has taken a toll on all of us.

More than 60% of Americans were stressed about this election, according to a survey we conducted. All of the people we surveyed experienced anxiety about at least one candidate being elected. They also reported election-related strain on their relationships and work.

Now it’s time to heal. Keep reading to learn how to restore your mental health and relationships in the wake of this grueling election cycle. Continue reading How We Can Heal After This Horrible Election Cycle

This Election Cycle is a Nightmare, and It’s Officially Stressing You Out [Infographic]

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We all know this election cycle is stressing us out, but we don’t know exactly what the impact on our mental health is. To fully understand how the primaries and Hillary vs. Trump showdown have affected us, we surveyed more than 1,000 people.

As you might expect, the stress is degrading every part of their lives. It’s become harder for people to focus at work, there is strain on their relationships and their outlook on life isn’t as positive as before. The election is bumming everyone out, although there are differences based on age, gender and political affiliation.

This infographic shows the data we found and offers solutions for your stress. Use it to end the nightmare! Continue reading This Election Cycle is a Nightmare, and It’s Officially Stressing You Out [Infographic]

Coping with Grief and Anxiety in the Wake of the Orlando Shooting

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When Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20, walked into the Pulse Night Club on the night of June 11, he most likely thought it would be a normal evening. He would dance, socialize, maybe enjoy some of the live entertainment or Latin theme night. Then he would go home, sleep in and see his loved ones in the coming days.

Capo — and at least 49 other people — did not return. They lost their lives in the Orlando shooting, a senseless act of violence and the deadliest mass shooting in our country’s history. Continue reading Coping with Grief and Anxiety in the Wake of the Orlando Shooting

A 2016 Report on Progress and Failures in Mental Health

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As Mental Health Awareness Month comes to an end, we took a critical look at the mental health progress and failures we’ve seen since last May. This report will also give you a sense of which issues mental health professionals are focused on and what might be in store for next year.

We highlighted four areas of progress:

  1. Increase in Access to Mental Health Care and Resources
  2. Raising Awareness About Mental Health Issues
  3. Fighting the Stigma of Mental Illness and Treatment
  4. Research Relevant to Mental Health

Read through to see if any of these stories surprise you! Continue reading A 2016 Report on Progress and Failures in Mental Health

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

What Would a Therapist Say About Bernie Sanders?

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Check out the first part of our series if you’re interested in seeing Donald Trump’s psychological profile!

Bernie Sanders released a folk album in 1987 that even the record producer thought was terrible – but musical taste hasn’t stopped the 74-year-old Senator from Vermont from appealing to Democratic voters across our country.

Sanders ran for president to ensure politicians addressed issues such as single-payer healthcare and free education during Democratic primaries, but his ideas touched a nerve with voters. Now the long-serving politician is tied with Hillary Clinton to be the Democratic nominee.

In the second of our series on presidential hopefuls, Talkspace therapists assess Sanders’ psychological profile and how well it fits him for the job of president. Continue reading What Would a Therapist Say About Bernie Sanders?

What Would a Therapist Say About Donald Trump?

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Check out the second part of our series if you’re interested in seeing Bernie Sanders’ psychological profile!

Presidential election campaigns generally resemble a cross between a circus and a mud-fight. That’s fine, as it’s better for democracy if the candidates fight it out down in the mud — where everyone can see them — than behind closed doors, where they can get up to no good.

But this year, the grandstanding and childish hurling of insults has reached fever pitch with the appearance of Trump on the Republican campaign trail. His outspoken rhetoric has managed to offend immigrants and women, alienate Fox News (his natural supporters) and cause a possibly fatal split in the Republican party.

At the same time, Trump’s penchant for saying what he thinks and casting political correctness to the side has won him a legion of followers. His initial 3% of the national Republican vote has grown to 31%, giving him an 18% lead over his nearest rival, Texas senator Ted Cruz.

As part of a series on the personalities of the presidential candidates in the 2016 election, we decided to address the question everyone is asking: Does Donald Trump have the personality of a capable president? Continue reading What Would a Therapist Say About Donald Trump?