Depression is a common illness that affects millions of adults in the United States. Although it is fairly common, there’s still the issue of people feeling stigmatized and less than normal. Society as a whole continues to proprogate this illusion. The media is guilty as well, portraying individuals suffering from mental illness in a stereotypical fashion, which just reinforces misconceptions.
This is one of the major factors hindering sufferers of mental illness from seeking treatment. They fear the label and how others may view them differently. Some people feel pressure to maintain the facade of normalcy and any deviation from that standard must be fought with everything in their power. This pressure oftentimes is the reason some allow their illnesses to worsen; in a lot of cases treatment is never sought.
Depression afflicts people from all walks of life. It may be obvious in some instances but clueless in others. One can have everything imaginable that society as a whole attributes to happiness and still be depressed. It is a chronic disease like arthritis or cancer and should be thought of and treated as such. Education is key.
Alicia Winkle is a licensed counselor that works with clients suffering from anxiety and PSTD. She received a Masters degree in Community Counseling from the University of North Alabamas and specializes in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She’s been a therapist for 5 years and with Talkspace for 2. She experienced anxiety herself and wanted to help others conquer their mental health issues and live their best life. She was intrigued by Talkspace as she saw it as way to reach shut-ins. She also works with children in private practice.
Talkspace is basically online therapy via texting back and forth and sharing media such as videos or audio with a licensed therapist. There are many benefits when using this form of therapy. You can remain anonymous by using a fake name. It’s very convenient and time saving as you determine when and where and the amount of time spent. You have time to think before responding as your session isn’t in real time. Switching therapists is a click away with a request on their app. Its inexpensive starting at $128 a month.
Talk space is a good option for individuals that express themselves better through writing and those that travel frequently as you can maintain contact from anywhere in the world. It is most beneficial to those with mild anxiety or depression versus a more serious illness, especially when you require prescription medication.