Dear Therapist: Let’s Talk About Love, and Hate (Part 2)

Dear Therapist: Let's Talk About Love, and Hate (Part 2)

Yesterday love was such an easy game to play
Now I need a place to hide away
Oh, I believe in yesterday – The Beatles

– by Anonymous Talkspace User 

Dear Therapist: Let's Talk About Love, and Hate (Part 2)

When we first start to fall in love, we become infatuated with one another, driven by our admiration and passion and excitement for our partners. But, regardless of how much we may try, as the relationship progresses these things eventually begin to fade. I think that is when they are replaced by mutual respect, support, and loyalty (or at least they should be). I think that is when real love sets in. But, if we’re being completely honest, we must admit that fostering mutual respect, support, and loyalty takes a hell of a lot of work.

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This Is What Anxiety Does To Your Body (An Infographic)

This Is What Anxiety Does To Your Body (An Infographic)

Because you really enjoyed our post, How Stress Affects Our Bodies, we’ve decided to follow up with one about Anxiety. So, let’s do this!

When you think about anxiety, do you start to feel a bit anxious, slightly uncomfortable, and perhaps a little sweaty? If so, that’s OK. According to WebMD.com: “Anxiety is a normal human emotion that everyone experiences at times. Many people feel anxious, or nervous, when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or making an important decision.” Continue reading This Is What Anxiety Does To Your Body (An Infographic)

Ronda Rousey: The Undefeated UFC Champion Takes on Mental Health

Ronda Rousey: The Undefeated UFC Champion Takes on Mental Health

Ronda Rousey, the most dangerous unarmed woman in the world, is an avid champion of mental health who’s using personal experience to raise awareness about eating disorders and body dysmorphia. 

No one was surprised when Ronda Rousey, an American Judo Olympian and UFC Mixed Martial Artist, defeated Brazilian challenger Bethe Correia on her own turf in 34 seconds during the UFC Bantamweight Championship on August 1st. But a lot of people may be surprised to learn that the remarkable 28 year old fighter, model, and actress is also a champion of mental health focused on eradicating stigma that surrounds it by using social media. Continue reading Ronda Rousey: The Undefeated UFC Champion Takes on Mental Health

Addiction: Why do some people become addicted, while others do not?

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Guest Blog by Dr. Helen Nasser / Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the National Institute of Health

Drinking a glass of scotch or eating a piece of cake — these are the types of behaviors many of us take enjoyment in. The vast majority indulge in these behaviors on occasion. For some of us, these behaviors become more than casual indulgences and can develop into alcoholism or overeating.

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Breaking the Code of Silence: Black Americans and Mental Health

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Because of stigma, lack of access and several other factors, only one quarter of Black Americans seek mental health care. Understanding these reasons is the first step toward making a change.

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Dear Therapist: Let’s Talk About Love, and Hate (Part 1)

Dear Therapist: Let's Talk About Love, and Hate (Part 1)

Falling in love has been one of the most important events of my life, but staying in love continues to be a challenge that I welcome on a daily basis. And, every once in a while, I need a bit of help.

 – by Anonymous Talkspace User 

Love. What can I possibly tell you about it? It is one of the most talked about subjects in human history with endless stories, songs, and works of art being dedicated to it since the dawn of time. But, we still don’t really seem to understand how to cultivate love or how to keep it going. Although almost every person in the world will tell you that love is the most important thing in life, it’s difficult to find people who have experienced real and enduring love with the same partner for an entire lifetime. Continue reading Dear Therapist: Let’s Talk About Love, and Hate (Part 1)

Your Mental Health, As Dictated by the Stars

Your Mental Health, As Dictated by the Stars

Although most people don’t really turn to astrology for their daily doze of mental health guidance, research suggests that our birth months may actually impact our mental states.

It’s a strange concept to wrap our minds around, but in light of scientific evidence, there may be something to it. Continue reading Your Mental Health, As Dictated by the Stars

The Dirty Lowdown on Anticipatory Anxiety

The Dirty Lowdown on Anticipatory Anxiety

Simply put, anticipatory anxiety is a discomforting and disquieting mind game you play on yourself. Do I have your attention yet?

You’re going to the dentist and you feel anxious. You’re about to go take a test and you feel anxious. You’ve been asked to have a meeting with your supervisor and you feel anxious. Do you see a pattern forming?

Anticipatory anxiety is a common discomfort experienced by millions of people. Continue reading The Dirty Lowdown on Anticipatory Anxiety

Why Do Highly Sensitive People Engage in Routines?

Why Do Highly Sensitive People Engage in Routines?

Although it may seem boring to the rest of us, highly sensitive people (HSP) tend to thrive when they follow a routine, which is actually a vital part of their survival strategy.

Have you ever noticed that some people need to follow a routine to stay grounded and productive? As baffling as it maybe for the rest of us to understand, a large percentage of our population is comprised of dedicated creatures of habit; they like to know exactly how their day will unravel and strive to stick to the same routine, day in and day out. This is especially true for highly sensitive people (HSP). Continue reading Why Do Highly Sensitive People Engage in Routines?

What The Beat of Your Heart Can Reveal About Your Mental Health

What The Beat of Your Heart Can Reveal About Your Mental Health

Research suggests high blood pressure is at the heart of rapid cognitive decline. So, there you have it.

We know that it’s extremely important to take care of our hearts. But most of us know this because we’ve been told, over and over again, that a staggering 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States – that’s 1 in every 4 deaths annually! New research, however, indicates that high blood pressure can also significantly impact our mental health – so pay attention. Continue reading What The Beat of Your Heart Can Reveal About Your Mental Health