Postpartum Depression: A Quick Guide for Tired New Moms

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Despite all the work mental health professionals have done to break down the stigma of postpartum depression, society keeps shoving a message in the face of a new mom: having a baby is the best thing in the world.

“Are you loving being a mom?”, “Isn’t it just the best thing ever?” and “Treasure this time” are all phrases a new mom will hear in the first weeks of her baby’s life. It can leave her wondering what she is missing, what she is doing wrong.

Well-meaning friends, family and ever-present social media can place pressure on new mothers. This can morph into a belief that if you are not loving your newborn who is screaming for no apparent reason, waking up ten times a night and pooping all over you, there must be something wrong with you. Add that pressure to the out-of-whack hormones coursing through a woman’s body and you have a recipe for postpartum depression. Continue reading Postpartum Depression: A Quick Guide for Tired New Moms

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

5 Ways Exercise Is Great for Your Mental Health

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Taking care of our mental health requires a 360-degree approach to our overall wellness. It’s important to look at everything you can do to feel well and healthy.

“Food is the most widely abused anti-anxiety drug in America, and exercise is the most potent yet underutilized antidepressant” – Bill Phillips, Author and Entrepreneur

Here are the top five benefits of exercise that will have you lacing up your sneakers before you read the final sentence. Continue reading 5 Ways Exercise Is Great for Your Mental Health

Take Control of Your Emotions with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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We often believe we are at the mercy of situations and events. The long line at the bank made us upset. What that person said got us depressed. There are so many situations in our lives that have the power to make us feel happy or sad, angry or calm.

And yet, is that really what is happening? Does the situation actually control our moods and emotions? Continue reading Take Control of Your Emotions with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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

Something You Didn’t Know About Alan Rickman

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When a beloved actor dies, we mourn ten times more because it feels like their characters have died with them. It feels like Voldemort killed Snape again, doesn’t it?

But here’s the silver lining: Alan Rickman’s passing inspires us to learn more about him as we honor his memory. Keep reading to learn something you most likely didn’t know about the beloved British actor. Continue reading Something You Didn’t Know About Alan Rickman

The Best Mental Health Bloggers You Need to Follow

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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.

At Talkspace, we’re all about mental health and fighting stigma with the power of posts like these. That’s why we wanted to give a shoutout to these awesome bloggers and writers. Follow them if you want to learn more and stay updated! Continue reading The Best Mental Health Bloggers You Need to Follow

5 Celebrities Who Battled Depression and Came Out Strong

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People with millions of dollars, academy awards, platinum albums or a ubiquitous name may have the “good life,” but that doesn’t mean they are happier. Celebrities are not immune to depression. Fame can actually make you more vulnerable to mental illness.

Fortunately, their stories of battling depression can be insightful and enlightening, at least for those of us who aren’t in the headlines every week. They show how celebrities are fundamentally the same as any other person who deals with mental health issues. Continue reading 5 Celebrities Who Battled Depression and Came Out Strong

This Easy New Year’s Resolution Will Make You Happier

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Weight loss/fitness is the most popular New Year’s resolution and the one the highest number of people give up on soon after they proudly declare it. Wouldn’t you rather pick a New Year’s resolution that’s easy to stick to?

Do you want your resolution to make you happier in two seconds or less? You can, right now. But you need to do something very simple:

SMILE! Continue reading This Easy New Year’s Resolution Will Make You Happier

Taking Control of Your Mental Illness During the Holiday Season

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Mental health professionals often refer to the holiday season as the most difficult time of year for their clients. There is more in the air than the scent of fresh baked cookies. On the not-so-sweet side there are awkward family interactions, embarrassing past woes revealed, resurfacing childhood trauma, addiction relapse rampant — the list goes on.

People seem to get sicker this time of year, both mentally and physically. If you find the holidays tough and notice negative changes in your mental health, these tips will shed some light on strategies you can use to stay balanced. Continue reading Taking Control of Your Mental Illness During the Holiday Season