As the founder of mental health awareness organization The Invisible Illnesses, Emily Torchiana has found that explaining invisible illnesses to others is now second nature. Torchiana travels the country speaking about her experiences with cyber bullying, a suicide attempt, and mental illnesses, all of which give a voice to the invisible.
“Our slogan is ‘Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there.’ You can’t see depression, anxiety, or other mental illnesses physically, but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist,” Torchiana tells Talkspace.
Continue reading What is Invisible Illness? (+ How to Explain it to Others)
I’m 30 years old, and for many years, the longest relationship I had to date was in middle school — it lasted six months.
I was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder at age 19. Schizoaffective disorder is thought to be a unique combination of schizophrenia and a mood disorder like bipolar, presenting with symptoms like difficulty communicating, episodes of depression, delusions, and even hallucinations. It presents differently from person to person, and there’s still a lot to be learned about it. Though it has negatively impacted my life in many ways, it’s been especially difficult to navigate in my social life.
Continue reading How Schizoaffective Disorder Has Affected My Relationships
Because we’re all about discussing mental health and fighting the stigma of mental illness, we at Talkspace decided to celebrate women who are changing the conversation on mental health and illness for the better.
Some use their star power to challenge stigma and inspire others to open up about mental illness. Others innovated in fields relevant to mental health. Past or present, they are part of the reason our society is moving toward breaking the stigma of mental illness and valuing mental health. Continue reading These Famous Women Are Fighting the Stigma of Mental Illness
Mental health professionals often refer to the holiday season as the most difficult time of year for their clients. There is more in the air than the scent of fresh baked cookies. On the not-so-sweet side there are awkward family interactions, embarrassing past woes revealed, resurfacing childhood trauma, addiction relapse rampant — the list goes on.
People seem to get sicker this time of year, both mentally and physically. If you find the holidays tough and notice negative changes in your mental health, these tips will shed some light on strategies you can use to stay balanced. Continue reading Taking Control of Your Mental Illness During the Holiday Season
The top Google image results for “mentally ill people,” include: John Hinckley (the man who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan), a homeless man, the Aurora shooter, and pictures of Jack Nicholson in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “The Shining.”
These results reflect the reality of how the public views the mentally ill and makes hurtful, stigmatizing assumptions about them. By drawing upon experience from our network of therapists and reaching out to mental health professionals, we readied a dose of reality to debunk the assumptions they encountered one by one and shame the stigma.
It’s time people understand what being mentally ill really means. Continue reading 10 Misleading Assumptions About Mental Illness: Learn the Truth
Mental Illness is nothing to be ashamed of, but stigma and bias shame us all – Bill Clinton
We live in a busy and chaotic world where it can be difficult for us to find inspiration or direction.
Thanks to social media outlets and mainstream media, we are constantly bombarded and marginalized by messages touting perfection. It seems that our best is not “good enough.” And nowhere is this “imperfection shaming” phenomenon more visible than when discussing the topic of mental illness. Continue reading We Need to Get Better at Talking About Mental Illness
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
Do you sleep like Nikola Tesla or Barack Obama?
Ever wonder how some of world’s most incredible people got their beauty sleep? Well, wonder no more. We’ve found the coolest infographic that breaks down the surprising sleep habits of the rich and famous. Turns out Leonardo Da Vinci utilized a crazy polyphasic sleep cycle, while Richard Branson prefers a fixated block of solid snooze time. Continue reading Surprising Sleep Habits of the Rich and Famous
1 in 10 Americans and 121 million people worldwide suffer from some form of depression.
– by Luanne Rossi, LCSW / Talkspace Therapist
Depression usually affects more people than the individual it attacks. Family members of the person afflicted can experience a multitude of life changes, including financial difficulties, strained relationships within the family and unanticipated shifts in the overall dynamic. A lack of education about depression can cause close friends and family members to disassociate from the afflicted person, intensifying his or her feelings of loneliness. Continue reading Depression: How One Disorder Became A Family Affair
“When the peace treaty is signed, the war isn’t over for the veterans, or the family. It’s just starting.” – Karl Marlantes
Our sense of security stems from knowing many of our bravest men and women are prepared to put down their lives to protect us. On the other hand, those who have witnessed the horrors of war inevitably have to cope with the impacts of those experiences such as post traumatic stress disorder [PTSD]. The first step towards taking care of these veterans is understanding how PTSD affects their community. Continue reading You Need to Know These Facts About Veterans and PTSD