Dear Therapist: I Know You Can’t Help Me Unless I Sleep

Dear Therapist_I Know You Can’t Help Me Unless I Sleep

As a chronic insomniac, I can honestly tell you that getting enough sleep is crucial for anyone, but especially for those battling mental health disorders.

– by Anonymous Talkspace User  

I want you to look back on your life and think about your mood, behavior, and interactions with other people when you’ve had less than 5 hours of sleep. You were probably irritable, highly susceptible to engaging in conflict, and slow in you thinking but quick in your reactions to unpleasant stimuli. Now, imagine being sleep deprived, while also dealing with a mental disorder. Basically, not sleeping can exacerbate any mental condition, making it significantly worse in people who have trouble sleeping as opposed to those that don’t. Continue reading Dear Therapist: I Know You Can’t Help Me Unless I Sleep

People of Color, Ignore the Stigma and Get Therapy

People of Color, Ignore the Stigma and Get Therapy

If stigma successfully prevents us (people of color) from getting the help we need, unresolved mental health issues can decrease our quality of life, and, in some cases, may even decrease how long we get to live.

For many years, eradicating stigma surrounding mental health in people of color has been a challenge for a variety of reasons. So, to address the problem, Dior Varga, a feminist and mental health activist, recently created a campaign called thePeople of Color Mental Illness Photo Project”. It’s a pretty big deal, because one of the best ways to get rid of, or at least mitigate stigma surrounding a specific group of people is to have members of that group share personal stories about how the issue at hand affects them. Doing so can reduce their own isolation, and that of other people dealing with similar issues, because it allows them to see that there are others who relate. Continue reading People of Color, Ignore the Stigma and Get Therapy

How To Best Support A Survivor of Sexual Assault

How To Best Support A Survivor of Sexual Assault

It can take years for some sexual assault survivors to even acknowledge their experience. Now, putting yourself in their shoes, imagine how difficult it must be to make yourself vulnerable enough to share your experience with another person.

Experiencing sexual assault is one of the most difficult things to live through for anyone. It’s estimated that 1.7% of men and 19.3% of women have been raped in their lifetimes, and these statistics are only based on cases that have been reported. Researchers believe the actual numbers are much higher. In the event that you know someone who has experienced sexual assault, here are some suggestions on how to best support him or her.

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These Are The Awesome Books We’re Giving Away

These Are The Awesome Books We're Giving Away

We created the weekly book giveaway because we love providing you with awesome reading material that we think you’ll definitely enjoy, and possibly even benefit from.

For the chance to win, all you have to do is jot your email address down for us in newsletter subscription slot below. And, that’s about it.  Continue reading These Are The Awesome Books We’re Giving Away

Does Social Media Have You In A Cage?

Does Social Media Have you in a Cage?

Participating on social media can help build new relationships or rekindle old ones, either way, it’s a great way to communicate with others – until it isn’t.

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At first, social media can make us feel closer to other people. We may feel a sense of community with the groups we engage in, and it can calm our anxieties about being all alone, or meet our human need to belong. It helps us feel “liked”.

But for some people, engaging in social media may stop feeling good after a certain point. What was originally supposed to be a convenient way to connect and bring about more social freedom to their relationships can start to feel like a cage where they are forced to check, click, or comment in order to get fed.

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Dear Therapist: Why Do Outsiders Keep Asking Me About MY Therapy?

Dear Therapist: Why Do Outsiders Keep Asking Me About MY Therapy?

In therapy, you’re whole world is open for discussion. But not to the real world.

– by Anonymous Talkspace User

You talk about your struggles and insecurities, personal and familial history, as well as the hopes and dreams you hold for the future. That’s because all of these various factors make up who you are, and in therapy you’re the sole focus of attention. The problem with it is that sometimes it get’s to be too much. It’s very difficult to have to introspect, let alone do it on a regular basis, and it doesn’t stop there.

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Top 20 Movies with a Therapy Focus from Talkspace

Top 20 Movies with a Therapy Focus from Talkspace

Chatter about how movies portray counseling services has recently been on the rise among mental health professionals.

– by Eric Hoffman / Talkspace Customer Care Specialist

The recently released Inside Out is an animated motion picture that illustrates the inner thoughts of a young girl. It teaches us that emotions should be accepted and kept under control, rather than simply suppressed. Continue reading Top 20 Movies with a Therapy Focus from Talkspace

City Dwellers, Embrace the Healing Power of Nature

City Dwellers, Embrace the Healing Power of Nature

For whatever reason, it’s quite easy to forget that nature has the power to impact us in the same way any other living thing can.

Depending on who we are – hikers, bird-watchers, or devout city dwellers – a trip into the wilderness may present an opportunity to get in a hard workout, a glimpse at a rare breed of kingfisher or an attempt at an expedition where our survival skills (if any) are tested. Continue reading City Dwellers, Embrace the Healing Power of Nature

The Life, Art, and Mental Illness of Frida Kahlo

The Life, Art, and Mental Illness of Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo was no stranger to mental illness. The life and work of this incredible Mexican artist contained an uncanny amount of pain, suffering, and loss.

She was a woman who endured a horrible illness, an even worse accident, and a marriage plagued by relentless infidelity. Because of these monumental events, Kahlo suffered from anxiety and depression, as well as alcoholism and identity issues throughout her life.  Continue reading The Life, Art, and Mental Illness of Frida Kahlo

Are You Depressed, Or Is Something Else The Problem?

Are You Depressed, Or Is Something Else The Problem?

You may be depressed, but you could also be experiencing sorrow, grief, sadness, or a yearning for something you miss. Do you know how to tell the difference?

You’ve probably heard of this popular saying: Depression is anger turned inward. It means the anger that you may be holding within has nowhere to go – it simply festers inside. Just like undigested food can turn putrid, the anger can evolve into depression. You may feel lethargic and dull, uninterested in anything – including getting out of bed. You may find yourself crying, or being moody and irritable. Your sex drive may be reduced to nothing and you could be feeling suicidal. Continue reading Are You Depressed, Or Is Something Else The Problem?