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

Keep Calm and Marry On: Wedding Planning’s Impact on Mental Health

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He or she popped the question, and now you are on your way to happily ever after! Time to have fun registering for gifts, picking out wedding colors, and telling the world how happy and excited you are to have your fairytale wedding.

But wait. Continue reading Keep Calm and Marry On: Wedding Planning’s Impact on Mental Health

I Tried Therapy: Here Are 10 Reasons Why You Should Try It Too

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For so long I refused to consider the concept of therapy. I would experience many breakdowns and panic attacks. Afterwards my mom would gently offer the prospect of seeing a therapist. She told me how much it helped her cope with life, and how much it could help me with the complicated way I was feeling.

I scoffed at the thought. I believed I was fine on my own, battling my demons with no help from a stranger. But when I finally did go, I kicked myself that I didn’t sooner.

That is what drove me to write this article. We can be so apprehensive when it comes to taking opportunities to better ourselves. Just because something is unfamiliar or uncomfortable doesn’t mean we need to fear it or dismiss the thought.

I was apprehensive for a long time. I didn’t want to step out of my comfort zone without knowing what to expect. But because I put it off for so long, it took me that much longer to reap the incredible benefits of opening up. With this list of reasons, I want to nudge the doubtful people in the right direction to help themselves by seeing a therapist. Continue reading I Tried Therapy: Here Are 10 Reasons Why You Should Try It Too

Meet Our Therapists: Kimberly Magnuson

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Name: Kimberly Magnuson
Licensing Info: Washington LMFT # LF60461043
Where you live: Tacoma, WA
Hometown: Tacoma, WA
Time working at Talkspace: Four months
Time working as a Therapist: Six years

Why are you working in therapy/mental health?

I have always been drawn to helping others. I was the friend who was always there to listen and provide support. My father worked in community mental health and we joke that I decided to go into the “family business” of helping others. I find great joy in being able to help others find new ways of looking at life. Continue reading Meet Our Therapists: Kimberly Magnuson

How to Handle a Panic Attack at Work: The Complete Guide

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If you are having a panic attack at work while reading this, please immediately follow the simple steps below (if not, skip this section):

  1. Pull up this article on your phone so you can reference it after leaving your workstation.
  2. Leave the situation you are in as soon as possible. If you need to, make an excuse such as needing to use the bathroom.
  3. Head to the nearest place where you will have privacy or at least avoid interactions that will exacerbate the panic attack. It could be a small, private office, a phone booth, a bathroom stall, a bathroom for only one person or maybe outside the office.
  4. Focus on your breathing. Try to take deep breaths through your nose and let your stomach expand. Continue this until your symptoms improve.
  5. While you are breathing, remind yourself this isn’t your fault. You didn’t do anything wrong.
  6. Counter the thought that might be causing or contributing to your panic attack. Now that you’ve found a place where you can better handle your symptoms, think about how safe you are. Nothing can hurt you right now. Everything is OK.
  7. Remember, you have handled panic attacks before. You were OK then and you will be OK now.
  8. Focus on your breathing again.
  9. Repeat steps 4-8 as many times as you need to. Remember, there is no rush. Everything is OK.
  10. Head home if you need to. Your health is more important than trying to tough it out and get more work done.
  11. Once the panic attack is over, congratulate yourself. Recognize how that satisfaction makes your body feel. Remember that feeling.

It’s hard to read detailed steps when you are sweating profusely and trying to hold it together. Use the above steps if this is your first time visiting this article. Keep reading if you want in-depth advice for future use. Continue reading How to Handle a Panic Attack at Work: The Complete Guide

Eating Disorders: A Story of Awareness

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– by Katie Colton

I had the opportunity to work at a clinical research lab with a young woman who suffered from bulimia nervosa. She said no one close to her knew she had an eating disorder because she had an average body weight and only binged or purged when she was alone.

She was happy no one knew about her disorder but simultaneously hoped someone would notice what she was going through and try to help. She felt both proud and ashamed of what she was doing to her body and had trouble admitting she had a problem. Continue reading Eating Disorders: A Story of Awareness

Coming Out in a Safe Space: A Therapist’s Experience

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I once worked with a young woman who was dealing with the recent death of a parent and having a difficult time grieving. She had also been terminated from her job.

But perhaps the biggest challenge was coming to terms with her emerging sexuality as a lesbian. She had known of her same-sex attraction for many years. The inevitability of dating had begun to weigh on her conscience. She was paralyzed and didn’t know what to do. Continue reading Coming Out in a Safe Space: A Therapist’s Experience

#StopStigma: A Blogger Opens Up About Her Depression

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For Mental Health Awareness Month, we asked some of our favorite bloggers to share their personal mental health stories to help #StopStigma. The more people speaking out about mental illness, the more people will know they aren’t alone in their struggles. Our aim is to encourage our Talkspace community and the broader mental health community to share their stories in a snowball effect, blasting stigma and breaking the silence.

This Is How I Struggle, By Kelly Bishop

You feel like you’re standing in your own way. So many things in your life should make you happy, yet you struggle to feel those elated emotions. It makes you hate yourself because you can’t let what is in front of you bring happiness. It’s not like you’re taking anything for granted, but it feels like you are, only because you’re as sad as ever when you shouldn’t be. Continue reading #StopStigma: A Blogger Opens Up About Her Depression

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

Can You Literally Lift Your Way Out of Depression? — An Interview with Top NYC Trainer Christine Coen

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Imagine literally lifting your way out of mental illness, pushing away depression with every weight and movement. After struggling for years, New York-based trainer, dietician and mental health blogger Christine Coen realized this approach would save her.

To explore the intersection of fitness and mental health and inspire people with her story, Talkspace interviewed Coen. Keep reading to learn how she used fitness and healthy eating to boost her mental health. Continue reading Can You Literally Lift Your Way Out of Depression? — An Interview with Top NYC Trainer Christine Coen