Expert Advice

Take This was founded to promote awareness and empathy about mental wellness. We’ve collected advice from our clinician advisors for how you can live a healthier, happier life.

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How to Find a Therapist

The most common question we receive at Take This and at our appearances at conventions around the world is “How do I find a therapist?” Many of you who have decided that speaking to a therapist or counsellor is the next step in addressing mental health issues don’t know where to start, or how to find the therapist that will be right for you. Read more…

When To Seek Help

In an increasingly stressful world, more and more people consider professional assistance for a personal, family, or work problem. But they often hesitate, uncertain whether they really need help. Some feel their concern is too small, others fear their problem is so large that nothing could help. How can one tell when to reach out for assistance? Although there are no absolute answers, there are six signs that generally indicate it is time to seek help. Read more …

When Gaming Isn’t Fun

Many gamers are passionate, opinionated, and determined. The intensity they bring to gaming can become all-consuming, and this community can be central to their sense of identity. When this gets to be too much, play can cease to be fun. These tips may help. Read more …

How to be a Friend

Friends and family are the first line of support for people with emotional problems. While it is wonderful to be trusted, this often creates anxiety and dilemmas. Friends worry they will say the wrong thing. Tolerating another person’s pain and distress can be difficult. While there is no one right technique for every situation, here are some tips to keep in mind. Read more …

Why Am I so Angry?

When thinking about issues of mental health, anger is not something that may immediately spring to mind like depression and anxiety would be. When conceptualizing mental health and self-care not as “diseased” vs. “non-diseased” but rather as “helpful” vs. “unhelpful”, it can be appropriate. Read more…

How to Help Someone Who Suffers a Loss in the Workplace

The workplace is where most adults spend up to half of their waking lives, and it’s a place where we are most likely to meet new people, find new friends and share in the experiences of other people. Occasionally that means dealing with a personal loss. Whether sudden or expected, tragic or peaceful, dealing with the loss of a friend or colleague is never easy. Read more…

What Is Depression?

Depression is a state of lowered affect that comes over most people at some point during their lives. Depression can feel different to different people. Some people experience it as a profound and seemingly unconquerable sadness. Some experience it as a complete lack of motivation, perhaps coupled with a bottomed-out self-esteem and the feeling that everything that the person does is wrong. Some experience it as extreme guilt or a feeling of worthlessness. Depression saps all of the energy and happiness from the lives of those affected. Read more…

What is PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress is a series of symptoms that emerge after exposure to life-threatening or reality-shattering events such as military combat, physical or sexual assault, natural disasters, etc. Specifically, post-traumatic stress is an over-activation of our normal and adaptive fight or flight crisis response. We may believe that we are in immediate danger even when no threat of danger is present. Read more…

All About Antidepressants

It’s common for people to have questions or concerns about medications for mental illnesses, or even to mistrust them. But medications are a valuable form of treatment for many people. The World Health Organization names depression as the leading cause of disability worldwide, and antidepressants make up a large portion of treatment for not only depression, but anxiety as well. Given that, it’s worth taking the time to understand them. Read more…

The Pros and Cons of Anti-Anxiety Medication

Anxiety isn’t always a disorder in need of treatment. “Anxiety” is a relatively vague term that is often used to describe worry, rather than a clinical diagnosis. Anxiety evolved to protect us from harm — if we didn’t have a fight or flight reaction, we’d have been killed off long ago by predators. Anxiety only becomes a disorder when that fight or flight reaction happens when it shouldn’t, or in excess of what a situation requires. As Take This clinical director Dr. B tells people, “Anxiety is adaptive and natural. Anxiety disorders are like a false alarm going off all the time.” Read more…

Trauma and Trigger Warnings

Imagine for a moment that whatever scares you the most (spiders, clowns, the girl from The Ring) is hiding around the corner from you. In the first scenario you have no warning and are left do deal with your emotions from the surprise encounter. In the second scenario, you have some warning that this is going to happen and have a choice about how to proceed (leave the situation, face the fear, use a freeze ray). My guess is that many would go with having a warning. Not only because of the ability to use a freeze ray, but knowing something is coming allows us to prepare and make a choice based on a mindful analysis of our skills as opposed to reacting to fear. Read more…

A Holiday Survival Guide, Part One: Work

Unless you’re a CEO and decide to ban Christmas music at your office (in which case, can I come work for you?), you probably don’t have much control over your work environment. The holidays can add a new layer of anxiety and frustration on top of regular work stress. Below are some strategies for surviving work when you’re totally not a holiday person, either by coping with the discomfort or by consciously adjusting your mindset in a positive way. Read more…

A Holiday Survival Guide, Part Two: Family

What are your expectations with your family this year? Are you hoping this might be the one year everyone actually gets along and sings kumbaya around the Christmas tree? Because you will probably be disappointed. Or conversely, maybe you’re thinking this will be the year your relatives finally lose it and try to kill each other? Because you will probably be walking into the situation with a preconceived judgment that clouds your perception. Realistically, neither situation is guaranteed, and holding expectations on either end of the spectrum will only result in distress or frustration. Read more…

Random Encounters: Level Up Your Social Skills

Unless you never leave the house, you probably have dozens of little opportunities to be social. Whether it’s the cashier at the store, or the person sitting next to you in class, or the coworker you work with, you have the opportunity to connect with several people each week. The thing is, most people waste these opportunities. Most people go through life treating others like NPCs, not like real people. Read more…


TakeThis, Inc seeks to educate, inform, and advocate about about mental health issues in our community.  We do not provide mental health services or professional consultations. For information on when to seek dedicated clinical help and how to find it, please visit our “When to Seek Help” page. If you or someone you know is in crisis and in need of immediate intervention, please visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call 1-800-273-8255.