Mental illness is an umbrella term encompassing a wide range of mental health conditions or disorders ranging from mild to severe that affects the state of mind, cognitive function, and behavior of a person. The stigma associated with mental illness is surprisingly still substantial in 2017. Each year approximately one-fifth of the United States adult population (43.9 million) experiences one of more than 200 classified forms of mental illness. Twenty percent of those affected will experience mental illness to the degree that it substantially interferes with or limits one or more major activity.
Two of the most common forms of mental illness are the mood disorders depression (also called major depressive disorder) and borderline personality are classified. Depression is characterized as a persistent depressed emotional state with feelings of low self-esteem, lack of energy, disinterest, and other such characteristics. Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is characterized by impairments in interpersonal relationships and self-image with repetitive, rapid, and abrupt shifts in mood, impulse control, and emotions. Both have the potential to negatively impact relationships and performing tasks of daily living.
Due to the negative repercussions associated with this condition from friends, family, and coworkers, according to U.S. statistics, 56% of American adults with a mental illness do not seek or receive treatment. This only exacerbates their condition. People with depression and/or BPD cannot just ‘suck it up’ or ‘fake it’ and all will be okay.
Talk therapy (Psychotherapy)is one of the most effective methods of treating mood disorders. Talkspace provides HIPAA compliant licensed qualified professional counseling for adults via an online and mobile application service.
Talkspace is user-friendly, an intake specialist conducts a thorough client evaluation, then matches you with an experienced trustworthy psychotherapist who will listen objectively, be supportive of and attentive to your needs and concerns.