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April 19

Need a reccomendation for a CBT therapist in Vancouver, BC.

I need some suggestions for psychologists in Vancouver BC, preferably someone who is in the downtown area. I have no idea where to start with choosing someone and would rather not just pick someone randomly from Google. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:11 AM - 0 answers

April 18

I did not get the Angelina Jolie gene! Woo hoo!

Three of my cousins have tested positive for BRCA1 gene mutation, all in the last year. After a 3-month wait, I finally got the good news from the lab - I am negative! I need to tell my cousins... but how? I am elated but the last thing I want to do is add to their pain with my ill-timed, poorly delivered giddiness. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:13 PM - 13 answers

April 17

In which we make me a less nervous person.

I have now three times in my life developed stress-activated autoimmune problems. The first two times were during huge life changes, and the conditions completely abated after a few months, but today I just got diagnosed with another one, yet there is nothing specifically stressful happening right now. [more inside]
posted by millipede at 1:22 PM - 14 answers

10K Tips

Doing my first 10K this Sunday. Feeling nervous. Main goal is to finish the race and enjoy it as much as I can. What are your fail-proof tips for completing this kind of event and what kinds of things can I do mentally to stay strong and keep pushing myself to the bitter end? I'm planning to run as much as I can but I'm not worried about walking sections of the race if I need to (Which I will!) I've been training as best I can - this question is more about the Actual Race than the things I could have done to prepare - obviously!!
posted by JenThePro at 11:41 AM - 17 answers

A New Case of Tinnitus

Eight days ago, my friend started suffering from tinnitus. She hasn't yet been able to see a specialist, but her primary care provider and others suspect that it will be permanent. She would like advice, particularly about how to reduce the probability that the tinnitus will become permanent. Thank you! She lives in the SF Bay Area.
posted by HoraceH at 9:47 AM - 15 answers

April 16

Alzheimer Homes in Seattle

I am trying to help take some weight off a friend whose mother has Alzheimer's and whose father (mom's caregiver) suddenly passed away and now must bring her to Seattle. [more inside]
posted by lil' ears at 10:10 PM - 4 answers

Why do I keep unconsciously holding my breath??

Lately I keep noticing that I'm practically holding my breath. It feels like it might be an anxiety thing? What gives and how do I train myself out of it? [more inside]
posted by telepanda at 3:03 PM - 14 answers

Mental health filter

Advice for helping a friend suffering from a first time paranoid/delusional episode? [more inside]
posted by neat graffitist at 8:12 AM - 5 answers

April 15

Very specific counseling in San Francisco

I would really appreciate recommendations for a counselor for my daughter. She is in the last stages of a long and demanding academic degree. She is brilliant but has always had some difficulty in reading social cues and tends to alienate people with her abruptness. More inside. [more inside]
posted by garbanzilla at 5:36 PM - 7 answers

Finding a psychologist that takes Blue Shield?

I have Blue Shield insurance and am frustrated by the limited search options available on their site. [more inside]
posted by Captain Chesapeake at 10:52 AM - 7 answers

How to I stop or maintain weight gain after quitting smoking?

I quit smoking about a month ago after 10 years of consistently smoking half a pack a day (YAY!). I have been diligent in NOT changing my diet or exercise during this process as I need to focus on one goal at a time. One of my biggest struggles with quitting is fear of weight gain, and it is happening. I would like to stave off some of that effect. I need advice from other people who have gone through quitting either smoking or other serious addiction and how they mentally coped with weight gain or physical changes and in general what can work to get back to your previous weight or accept the extra pounds. More details below the cut. [more inside]
posted by hillabeans at 9:30 AM - 8 answers

Absolutely no sex drive what to do?

I have trouble wanting to have sex. Considering that we just got married 1 year ago this is really a problem for my relationship. Did this happen to you and how did you fix it? I am overweight with like 30 pounds extra so obviously loosing the 30 pounds would help I think I also take birth control- sprintec now- but was put on loestrin maybe that will help better. I don't know what else to do. What helped you? Thanks
posted by barexamfreak at 8:33 AM - 15 answers

April 14

Fungus is not fun

Need tips on treating severe athlete's foot. [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist at 6:58 PM - 11 answers

Can I give blood and not pass out?

There is a blood drive coming up at my workplace and I have always wanted to give blood. I am hesitating, though, because when my blood pressure drops, I tend to faint. Is there any correlation between donating blood and low blood pressure? Or do people who faint tend to do so due to dehydration or low blood sugar? [more inside]
posted by Ink-stained wretch at 6:00 PM - 22 answers

Help me create a super cute, super fun diabetes gift basket!

A good friend was recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, thanks to a horrifying trip to the ER. Her life has turned upside down, but she's doing absolutely everything she's supposed to. I want to make a fun gift basket for her - with things like cute band-aids for her finger pricks, etc. Help me make it awesome!
posted by megan_magnolia at 3:37 PM - 11 answers

Last-minute 5K training

Much like this question, but I'm slower and have less time to prepare! Basically, my goal is to run an upcoming 5k in 30 minutes or less. I ran two 5ks last fall a couple minutes over this time, and my infrequent training in the interim has hovered just over or just under my goal. Now I have less than 2 weeks and I want to make a last-ditch effort. [more inside]
posted by Slater Sheldahl at 3:01 PM - 4 answers

Lesbian-friendly gynecologist in NYC?

Insurance is obviously the issue: A New York-specific Obamacare offering from Aetna. [more inside]
posted by Drohan at 9:35 AM - 3 answers

April 13

need to find a therapist (?) who specializes in BDD & eating disorders

looking for recommendations for a therapist or specialist in LA area who can help treat my extreme obsession with appearance. I know I am suffering with a type of eating disorder and I think a form of OCD or body dysmorphic disorder, too. it's ruining my life. I am sick of this pathetic problem. there are actual sick people in the world and I'm worried about such trivial things and I can't help it. I want to stop thinking like this and am ready to get help. more inside. [more inside]
posted by twoforty5am at 9:09 PM - 9 answers

What's the best way to find a new doctor (gyn) for specific procedure?

Just realized that the new(ish) healthcare regulations in the U.S. mean that Essure is totally covered by my insurance, yay! Problem: [more inside]
posted by PaulaSchultz at 7:29 PM - 10 answers

Recharging for introverts when "alone time" isn't an option

What are some ideas for recharging one's introverted batteries when being alone for any significant amount of time isn't an option? [more inside]
posted by pennypiper at 2:36 PM - 19 answers

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