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February 23

How to use a month's absence from a PhD to recover from depression

I'm working towards a PhD in a foreign country and recently returned to the U.S. as part of my recovery from depression (which was/is largely work related). What are things that I can add to my routine during this downtime to help me on the road to recovery, and how can I best prepare for returning to academia? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by pianohands at 5:28 PM - 10 answers

Is mute and report enough?

I play a few online games. Before Trump I was happy to just mute gamergate edgelords and go on my way with headshots, last hits, or lynchings. Now I wonder if that's too much tolerance. [more inside]
posted by xyzzy at 1:36 PM - 11 answers

Care package for teen in hospital?

Have you been a teen living in a hospital for an extended period of time with no specific known end point due to a very serious medical issue? What would you have liked in a care package? Also would you have appreciated a semi-awkward visit from a relative you don't know all that well, or would rather just have seen the people you love and care about most? [more inside]
posted by wannabecounselor at 6:16 AM - 29 answers

My new boss is a jerk :(

My new manager (let’s call him Kafka) is someone who is outright disrespectful and shows disdain to everybody - except his boss, with whom he is very kind and friendly. Help! [more inside]
posted by OrangeCat at 6:15 AM - 8 answers

too many walls

I think I over-react when I feel that people are trying to get too close to me or need too much from me; I may be overly vigilant about my boundaries. This means I can get panicky or resentful if I feel that people are demanding too much of me emotionally. Any ideas for self-talk I can use to combat this? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 3:00 AM - 11 answers

February 22

So are you running late for a dentist appointment?

I need a script/strategy for dealing with this sex situation that keeps popping up with men around age 30. [more inside]
posted by unannihilated at 4:20 AM - 26 answers

Help an ex-Christian navigate her 25 year reunion

I was a pretty active evangelical Christian at university (UK). How do I navigate my reunion with grace and charm? I don't have major regrets or animosity towards Christians, but equally I don't want to buy into the 'backslider' narrative. More details below. [more inside]
posted by Heloise9 at 1:56 AM - 10 answers

February 21

How to talk to someone about their anger and negativity?

My boyfriend reacts badly to very common everyday frustrations. I'm a sensitive person and his negativity really weighs on me. His hot temper also makes me very uncomfortable. How do I talk to him about this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:44 PM - 36 answers

Landlord woes

I am looking for some advice on dealing with tenants as a new landlord. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:44 PM - 17 answers

Advice for a father of a 13yo gay girl?

Simply put... My 13 year old daughter is gay. I really want to support her in anyway I can. She goes to a religion-based, private school where she is very happy with lots of friends. I feel a conflict between the anti-gay official position of the school and the actual reality of the students. So... should I keep my daughter in a "Christian" school vs. ?
posted by anonymous at 11:35 AM - 19 answers

A two-body problem

What do we do? [more inside]
posted by bookgirl18 at 3:42 AM - 32 answers

February 20

Revolutionary commuting

Is there an audio version of Václav Havel's The Power of the Powerless available in English?
posted by latkes at 9:07 PM - 1 answers

How to wait for something you really need?

I am looking for concrete and not-so-concrete ideas about how to wait for something that is really important to you. [more inside]
posted by lilies.lilies at 9:52 AM - 10 answers

Curiosity in romantic relationships

I feel like I am dating the same guy, different packaging. Last two short-term relationships (met their friends, parents, etc) lasted under 5 months for one reason: the guys never ever asked about my life--neither my past or current. No curiosity about where I was born, what religion I was raised, who my parents were (both are dead), how long I was married, etc. Both basic biographical and more personal questions were avoided. Why are some people like this? I felt very alone in those relationships.
posted by Jaspersen145 at 6:47 AM - 39 answers

February 19

Friends til the end?

I feel like one of my oldest friends is not empathetic and I am annoyed at her lack of compassion towards me. I don't know how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso at 2:41 PM - 23 answers

In search of positive online influences

I need to re-make myself, grow up, and take responsibility for my life. The fact that I zone out reading Reddit or tech blogs a lot is not helping. I want to replace this habit with better influences, communities, role models, ideally feminist-aligned. [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul at 2:23 AM - 17 answers

February 18

Why can't I do anything?

I don't think I'm depressed because I've felt depressed before but this feels different. I never want to get out of bed. I don't really want to eat and I don't have an appetite. I literally could zone out in bed for hours thinking about nothing. I feel bad about not wanting to do anything. I've always been like this but lately it's been worse. [more inside]
posted by sheepishchiffon at 2:48 PM - 16 answers

End of life legal issues

My spouse was recently diagnosed with a terminal illness. I need help figuring out what needs to be done. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:53 AM - 10 answers

February 17

Unpleasant experience on public transport

While taking the bus, someone stood right next to me when (I believe) there was no need for them to do so. I didn't notice there was so much free space further down and would have said something if I had. I am not happy about this: am I overreacting? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:13 PM - 20 answers

Thanks for the breakup, here's your parting gift!

What to do with a custom-made gift for the ex that arrives in the mail 1 month after a breakup? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:12 PM - 23 answers

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