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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5 (Not So Obvious) Ways To Improve Your Relationship Today

5 (Not So Obvsious) Ways To Improve Your Relationship Today

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.

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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?

why people become addicted

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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