7 Tips: How To Chase Your Dream Responsibly

7 TIPS: HOW TO CHASE YOUR DREAM RESPONSIBLY

It’s no secret that pursuing a dream can be a significant challenge.

It takes fierce courage and often requires extreme sacrifice; discouragement and competition are often pre-requisites for success. Sometimes, it means making the choice to follow a path not supported nor accepted by family and friends, and can even mean repeatedly putting yourself in situations that are less than conducive to good emotional, physical, and mental health. The ramifications of such renunciation, as you can imagine, may lead to significant effects on a person’s wellbeing. Continue reading 7 Tips: How To Chase Your Dream Responsibly

Depression: How One Disorder Became A Family Affair

Depression How One Disorder Became A Family Affair

1 in 10 Americans and 121 million people worldwide suffer from some form of depression.

– by Luanne Rossi, LCSW / Talkspace Therapist

Depression usually affects more people than the individual it attacks. Family members of the person afflicted can experience a multitude of life changes, including financial difficulties, strained relationships within the family and unanticipated shifts in the overall dynamic. A lack of education about depression can cause close friends and family members to disassociate from the afflicted person, intensifying his or her feelings of loneliness. Continue reading Depression: How One Disorder Became A Family Affair

Surprising Mental Health Trends In American Children

Surprising Mental Health Trends In American Children

“I’m by no means condemning prescription medicine for mental health. I’ve seen it save a lot of people’s lives.” – Zach Braff

Interesting news: according to a new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, there has been a decline in severe mental health problems among America’s youth. This optimistic finding is especially significant because it acknowledges the importance and success of medicinal as well as therapy-based treatment options among children and adolescents struggling with mental illness.  Continue reading Surprising Mental Health Trends In American Children

Dear Therapist: Why Should I Bother With Therapy?

Dear Therapist: Why Should I Bother With Therapy?

Someone recently asked me about why I chose to start therapy when I have a ton of friends willing to listen to my every complaint, and tell me exactly what I want to hear.

– by Anonymous Talkspace User 

When I explained that therapy is not so much about what I want to hear, but about what I need to hear to resolve my problems and move forward, the person blankly stared back  – the conversation had abruptly ended. I think people have a very hard time understanding what therapy is, and why anyone would bother going through with it. Continue reading Dear Therapist: Why Should I Bother With Therapy?

How Much Do You Really Know About Loneliness?

So, Loneliness is Really Bad But is it Lethal

Yes, loneliness can impact your lifespan.

The truth is, if you haven’t experienced loneliness for yourself, no matter how much you read, talk, or hear about it, you may never fully understand what it’s like. It’s more than just a longing for authentic and meaningful connections with others, loneliness is a state that impacts the overall emotional, mental, and physical wellbeing of a person. Continue reading How Much Do You Really Know About Loneliness?

From the Experts: How to Maintain Health and Wellness

From the Experts How to Maintain Health and Wellness

What do health and wellness mean to you?

– by Katherine Glick, LPC, LCADC, BCHHP / Talkspace Therapist

Do you define health as the absence of problematic symptoms or specific conditions? Is wellness about having goals and actively working towards them? Or are both terms synonymous with feeling energetic and full of life? It’s good to think about these things from time to time. Continue reading From the Experts: How to Maintain Health and Wellness

You Need to Know These Facts About Veterans and PTSD

How to Help Veterans Deal with PTSD Live Better

“When the peace treaty is signed, the war isn’t over for the veterans, or the family. It’s just starting.” – Karl Marlantes

Our sense of security stems from knowing many of our bravest men and women are prepared to put down their lives to protect us. On the other hand, those who have witnessed the horrors of war inevitably have to cope with the impacts of those experiences such as post traumatic stress disorder [PTSD]. The first step towards taking care of these veterans is understanding how PTSD affects their community.  Continue reading You Need to Know These Facts About Veterans and PTSD

Project UROK Aims to Prevent Teenage Suicide

Project UROK Aims to Prevent Teenage Suicide

Project UROK stands for two things: You’re OK and You Rock.

Although Jenny Jaffe founded the nonprofit organization in 2014, it has already attracted a lot of public and media attention thanks to its incredibly empowering videos aimed at helping teenagers cope with mental illness. Using humor, personal stories, and different sketches to illustrate the struggles adolescents or anyone dealing with mental illness go through, the videos serve as reminders and encouragement to get help and keep going. Continue reading Project UROK Aims to Prevent Teenage Suicide

Dear Therapist: I Admit I Have a Problem. What Happens Now?

Dear Therapist I Admit I Have a Problem What Happens Now

Admitting that you have a problem to your therapist is easy – realizing that it’s not going away without hard work is less so. At least that’s how I feel about.

– by Anonymous Talkspace User 

When I first started therapy via Talkspace, I was in a very bad place. I lost someone I deeply cared about only a year prior, and dealing with the event proved to be extremely difficult. Never mind the monumental list of other unresolved issues from my youth that I had to address, yet haven’t until my therapist made me. I knew I was a mess, but to what extent was a mystery even to me.

Continue reading Dear Therapist: I Admit I Have a Problem. What Happens Now?

Why I Practice Online Counseling at Talkspace

Why I Practice Online Counseling at Talkspace

It’s the spring of 2015, and I am providing online counseling at Talkspace, an internet-based mental health clinic with easy access to counselors and therapists. How did I get here!?

– by Ken Fields, MA, LMHC / Talkspace Therapist. 

I received my Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology in the early 1980s. You can bet that at the time, desktop computers – not to mention laptops – weren’t so much as dreamt about by the average person. And, the idea of online counseling seemed even more far out than cell phones. (Oh my, now I am certainly dating myself!)  Continue reading Why I Practice Online Counseling at Talkspace