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?

Dear Therapist: How Does This Whole Forgiveness Thing Work Anyway?

Dear Therapist_ How Does This Whole Forgiveness Thing Work Anyway?

Forgiveness,
Is more than saying sorry
Forgiveness,
Means accepting peoples flaws…  – via Just Friends

– by Anonymous Talkspace User

Forgive. Let Go. Move On. That’s what I read in every article that talks about healing emotional wounds and finding love for the people that hurt you. The thing is, though, I don’t really know how to forgive – and when my therapist asked me about what I expected forgiveness to actually look like, I genuinely didn’t have an answer. I still don’t, but it’s a damn good question. Continue reading Dear Therapist: How Does This Whole Forgiveness Thing Work Anyway?

Your Therapy: I Just Got Dumped, By My Personal Trainer, But Still

Your Therapy: I Just Got Dumped, By My Personal Trainer, But Still

It may seem silly – but my personal trainer just dumped me, giving me a glimpse into what clients may feel when they hear that their therapist is leaving or transitioning, and will no longer be able to see them.

I literally just saw my trainer yesterday. And then today, I get a call from some other trainer – a “new guy” – telling me that he is taking over my former trainer’s clients. (What?) And, he wants to schedule a time for me to come in for a session! Surely, this must be a mistake – not only did I get dumped, I am already being set up! I mean, my last trainer and I haven’t really been seeing each other all that long, but he has witnessed me in some pretty vulnerable states, which will now be observed by someone else! 

Continue reading Your Therapy: I Just Got Dumped, By My Personal Trainer, But Still

What Happens If Your Relationship Expires Every 7 Years?

What Happens When Your Relationship Expires Every 7 Years?

Anyone who has ever been in a serious relationship will tell you that maintaining a positive connection with a romantic partner is one of life’s most difficult challenges. But if there’s a will, there IS a way!

When you have two people hoping to share their hearts, families, futures, responsibilities, and all other aspects of their lives together, there’s simply no room for negligence, selfishness, or pettiness in their relationship. Just ask our very own Dr. Iris Reitzes, PhD. In her direct, honest, and eye-opening TedEx talk, the Talkspace clinical partner explains how so many couples that start out madly in love, end up in couples counseling fighting to save their marriages. Continue reading What Happens If Your Relationship Expires Every 7 Years?

The Scientific Power of Meditation – Decoded

The Scientific Power of Meditation - Decoded

Practicing meditation “means turning your attention away from distracting thoughts and focusing on the present moment.”

You hear that it’s good for you on the news, on the radio, and from every health enthusiast you speak to, but do you understand how meditation works – like scientifically? If not, you’re in luck, because the guys at ASAPscience – you know, the ones we told you about last Friday? – have done it again! In a concise, engaging, and thoroughly entertaining manner, Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown take you through the science of mediation in exactly 3 very informative minutes. And you should totally watch it!  Continue reading The Scientific Power of Meditation – Decoded

Dear Therapist: I’m Hearing You Say My Communication Skills Need Work

Dear Therapist: I’m Hearing You Say My Communication Needs Work

When we think of communication, it may seem like there’s nothing to it, but it’s actually one of the most difficult things to do effectively. And, it can make a world of difference in every relationship we have once we learn how to do it better.

– by Anonymous Talkspace User

When I first started therapy, I didn’t think my communication skills were that bad – I actually thought they were fairly decent. But, I quickly learned that there was much room for improvement. The thing is, people are different, and when it comes to communicating, especially in an emotional state, there’s a lot that could go wrong. Subjective experiences tend to interfere a lot more than I’ve previously realized, and our expectations can significantly cloud our understanding of the words coming out of someone else’s mouth. Continue reading Dear Therapist: I’m Hearing You Say My Communication Skills Need Work

Inattentional Blindness: What we can learn from The Invisible Gorilla experiment?

Inattentional Blindness: What we can learn from The Invisible Gorilla experiment

Whether we know it or not, we are all guilty of inattentional blindness, and it’s something we really need to be more mindful of.

Most of us would like to think that we’re pretty good at paying attention to the world around us – that we’re observant, detail oriented, and highly perceptive. But the truth is, we’re not. As shown by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons in their now infamous Invisible Gorilla experiment, our minds don’t really work the way we think they do. Continue reading Inattentional Blindness: What we can learn from The Invisible Gorilla experiment?

Author of Untangling the Mind Offers Insight Into Our Behaviors

Author of Untangling the Mind Offers Insight Into Our Behaviors

It’s no secret that understanding ourselves and those around us can help us control our emotions and behaviors. But it’s easier said than done. 

– Guest Blog by David T. George, M.D. / Author of Untangling the Mind: Why We Behave The Way We Do

As a psychiatrist, I am impressed by the fact that people are often fearful to confront some of their inner-most thoughts and feelings. A number of unsettling questions are often buried in their minds: What is wrong with me? Why am I the way I am? Why do I behave the way I do?

Ever since Darwin’s groundbreaking work, we’ve known that the nervous system is driven by survival i.e., to respond to threat and to pursue reward. Here is how these “threats” translate into everyday life: Continue reading Author of Untangling the Mind Offers Insight Into Our Behaviors

The Science of Depression – Decoded

The Science of Depression - Decoded

We’ve already told you about how depression can affect your life, but we never quite explained the science behind it.

Luckily, we don’t have to – the wonderful folks at AsapScience beat us to it. Created by Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown, The Science of Depression is under 4 minutes long, but perfectly describes what depression is, how it impacts the brain of the afflicted, and how it influences the person’s subsequent behavior. And, bless their hearts, they did it using colorful visuals to help us stay focused and pay attention. Continue reading The Science of Depression – Decoded