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?
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
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.
Continue reading The Surprising Way Your Sleep Position Affects Your Brain!
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.
Continue reading Living with the Ghost of Anxiety
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
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?
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
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.
Continue reading How Bipartisan Efforts Are Trying to Promote Mental Health Reform (Legislature Alert)
Let’s face it, we all have certain expectations of what a romantic relationship is supposed to look and feel like.
When we find ourselves entering new relationships, we get caught up in the swells of infatuation and sexual chemistry. We may even lose awareness of ourselves and the values we bring to the relationship, which can greatly impact it’s trajectory. How we speak to our partners, how much time we feel like we’re supposed to spend together, and even how often we have sex can get difficult to figure out.
Continue reading 5 (Not So Obvious) Ways To Improve Your Relationship Today
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
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.
Continue reading Dear Therapist: Let’s Talk About Love, and Hate (Part 2)