This post is part of our #TherapyHelpedMe series for Mental Health Awareness Month. Talkspace shares stories of how therapy helps people of all backgrounds work through the daily challenges of modern life.
Many of us are aware of therapy and its positive benefits. Maybe you read Freud in college, are familiar with portrayals of therapists from film or TV, or see negative stories about a celebrity’s mental health on tabloid covers in the supermarket checkout aisle. What you hear less often are the stories of therapy’s profound effects on those who try it and the unexpectedly life-changing ways it can improve well-being, regardless of your challenges.
While Talkspace’s mission has always been “Therapy For All,” we’re actively championing an even more universal goal across the globe: “Better Mental Health For All,”. This includes campaigning for mental health coverage as part of universal health care, and being an active part of the important conversation around mental health.
If you’re reading this blog post, odds are you are at least somewhat familiar with Talkspace. If not, let me fill you in.
Talkspace is an online therapy platform and app that allows clients and therapists to send an unlimited number of messages back and forth, securely and confidentially. No commutes or scheduling — with all the benefits of traditional, in-person therapy. Needless to say, convenience and affordability are major selling points of the platform.
The vast majority of our users send texts, though many additionally rely on both video and audio messages. What may surprise you is that there is also a significant subset of people who regularly communicate using another format: picture messaging.
Quick Note from Talkspace: Because we provide online messaging therapy, we frequently hear from potential clients who want to be sure they are chatting with a therapist, not a chatbot. All of our therapists are licensed, flesh and blood humans, but we understand the concern. Whether it’s online therapy, social media or online dating, everyone deserves to chat with the humans they believe they are connecting with. We made this guide so people can answer the big question: Bot or not?
When we message with people on the Internet, we deserve to know they are, well, people. In a time where bots drive more than 60% of web traffic, it’s reasonable for consumers to be wary of chatbots masquerading as humans.
This variety of bot talks with you on sites such as Tinder and Facebook. Programmers design chatbots to simulate real conversation long enough to convince you to buy something, click on a link or offer personal information.
I’ll admit I did not handle things well the first time I searched for a therapist. I punched in my zip code on my family’s mental health care provider website and picked from the first page of results. That was my search.
Because I didn’t take the necessary steps, I wasted time and money going from therapist to therapist before finding a good fit. I didn’t know about online therapy, which would’ve helped me because I didn’t have my own car and couldn’t rely on the limited public transportation in my hometown. Even after I found the right therapist, I moved across the country and had to start the process again (another hassle online therapy would’ve circumvented).
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)
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
Author By Nicole Amesbury, Talkspace Therapist and Head of Clinical Development Posted:
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.
Does Polly want a cracker?
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.
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?