3 Fool-Proof Signs You’re Now Ready for Dating

3 Fool-Proof Signs You’re Now Ready for Dating

Dating is a strange and tedious process.

You’ve probably noticed that we live in a digital age, with more people than ever living up the “single lifestyle”: friends with benefits and relationships with no-strings attached (NSA). Furthermore, people in both rural and metropolitan areas are increasingly turning to non-traditional relationships of other varieties. Continue reading 3 Fool-Proof Signs You’re Now Ready for Dating

Win The War On Worry

Win The War On Worry

When we worry, we engage in a debilitating mental and physical processes. This is the last thing our minds and bodies need.

It’s time to win the war on worry.

We like to go to war when we consider something to be wrong or bad: the war on drugs, the war on poverty, the war against crime. But here’s a groundbreaking idea for you, how about we wage a war on worry – and win. Unless of course, you really, really enjoy worrying.  Continue reading Win The War On Worry

Dear Therapist: How Do I Find My Purpose in Life?

Dear Therapist: How Do I Find My Purpose in Life?

Without a purpose in life I feel like I’m floating in the open ocean with no destination.

– by Anonymous Talkspace User

I have a wonderful career, plenty of interests, lovely friends, and a partner I can only thank my lucky stars for, but I often feel incomplete – as if something that I require to be whole is missing. Don’t get me wrong, I still practice gratitude and mindfulness (to the best of my ability anyway), going so far as occasionally engaging in meditation, but whatever that missing part is, it has eluded me thus far. It’s hard to explain to others that I am often unhappy, especially because of the life that I appear to be living. And I think it has a lot to do with lacking a long-term vision for my life. Continue reading Dear Therapist: How Do I Find My Purpose in Life?

Summertime Blues: Making Sense of Summer Depression Stemming from Seasonal Affective Disorder

Summertime Blues: Making Sense of Summer Depression Stemming from Seasonal Affective Disorder

Most of us have heard of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and associate it with the winter months. This makes sense since it’s dark and cold during that time of year. And though it is, indeed, more common to feel depressed during the winter, there’s more to SAD than simply that. Read on.

The days are longer, it’s warm and sunny, and everyone is relaxing and having fun. So then, how is it still possible to feel blue? Summer Depression resulting from Seasonal Affective Disorder is hard to wrap our minds around, and it’s mainly because of cognitive dissonance. Continue reading Summertime Blues: Making Sense of Summer Depression Stemming from Seasonal Affective Disorder

The Surprising Way Your Sleep Position Affects Your Brain!

The Surprising Way Your Sleep Position Affects Your Brain!

New research suggests our preferred sleep positions influence the brain’s ability to get rid of metabolic waste, which ultimately affects our overall cognitive function and the manifestation of neurological disease. So, pay attention.

You may or may not be aware that our brains engage in a cleansing process that gets rid of metabolic waste when we go sleep. It’s called the glymphatic system, and it’s super cool! Here’s a brief educational video about how it works from our friends at The University of Rochester Medical School.

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Living with the Ghost of Anxiety

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, approximately 40 million Americans live with anxiety related disorders in United States each year, making anxiety one of the most prevalent mental health issues nationally.

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, approximately 40 million Americans live with anxiety related disorders in United States each year, making anxiety one of the most prevalent mental health issues nationally.

– by Jor-El Caraballo, LMHC / Talkspace Therapist 

Tons of people in the United States and beyond cope with moderate to severe anxiety issues. It goes without saying that the impact can be widely felt by those that surround them.

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4 Unexpected Lessons In Personal Growth, On Vacation

4 Unexpected Lesson In Personal Growth, On Vacation

Sometimes, personal growth happens when you least expect it.

While on vacation, most of us are excited about the adventures we’re having; we’re not always looking to learn life lessons while we travel. In recent years, my husband and I took up hiking as an outdoor hobby. We are not “avid” hikers, but we enjoy it and tend to plan our vacations around opportunities to hike where we can encounter natural breath-taking views. However, one trip in particular stands out because it taught me 4 lessons about personal growth, and I want to share them with you. Continue reading 4 Unexpected Lessons In Personal Growth, On Vacation

Dear Therapist: It’s A Poem Kind of Day, Don’t You Think?

Dear Therapist: It’s A Poem Kind of Day, Don’t You Think?

Sometimes someone else’s poem expresses your thoughts and feelings better than you.

– by Anonymous Talkspace User 

Over the course of the last few months, I’ve shared many of my thoughts, feelings, and experiences with all of you. I sincerely hope you’ve found at least some of that information useful, entertaining, or relatable. And though I try to relay to you what’s on my mind and in my heart in my own words, what you are about to read is not written by me, even if the text perfectly conveys what I’ve been feeling. Continue reading Dear Therapist: It’s A Poem Kind of Day, Don’t You Think?

The Inner World of Robin Williams In Three Films

The Inner World of Robin Williams In Three Films

Robin Williams was born on July 21st, 1951. During the next 63 years, he would become one of the world’s most esteemed and respected actors, comedians, and storytellers. To me, however, he would become a symbol of hope, compassion, and genuine human kindness.

– by Liz Campese / Staff Writer 

It’s strange to feel a connection to someone I’ve never actually met, but there’s something about Robin Williams that felt so warm and familiar, I believe I didn’t have to meet him to get a sense of who he was. He revealed everything about himself in the roles he chose and the characters he played. And what I learned about him from his onscreen performances was that he was an indescribably beautiful human being. These are the three films I believe revealed a lot about his personal history and struggles with mental illness.  Continue reading The Inner World of Robin Williams In Three Films

How Bipartisan Efforts Are Trying to Promote Mental Health Reform (Legislature Alert)

How Bipartisan Efforts Are Trying to Promote Mental Health Reform (Legislature Alert)

In an effort to provide greater access to mental health services and limit tragic incidents like the Sandy Hook shooting, two senators have come together to propose a bill to reform mental health care.

Senator Murphy (D-Conn.) and Senator Cassidy (R-La.) are all too familiar with tragedy in their jurisdictions.

Back in 2012, Senator Murphy – then a representative – watched as the Sandy Hook tragedy claimed lives of 28 people, including the shooter who struggled with mental health issues. The incident not only shook the town of Newtown, Connecticut, but it also thwarted the issues of gun control and mental health care access into the mainstream. Similarly, in July of 2015, a Louisiana shooter killed two women and injured others during a screening of Amy Schumer’s latest film Trainwreck. Schumer has since advocated for greater access to mental health care and the implementation of greater gun control measures.

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