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How do I choose an anaesthetic when suffering from anxiety?

Unpleasant female medical procedure + phobic-level anxiety + having to choose an anaesthetic = Horror, anxiety and meltdown. Do you have experiences/information/tips that can help? [more inside]
posted by highanxiety on Dec 5, 2016 - 16 answers

One Perfectionist with an Instant Pot

What are your best Instant Pot recipes for an anxious, depressed, perfectionist, one-person household? [more inside]
posted by yueliang on Dec 1, 2016 - 28 answers

How do I call my super-far-right congressperson?

I feel so dumb asking this and now the whole internet will know about my civic ineptitude. How do I call my representatives about Standing Rock when they are already slated for Trump's cabinet? [more inside]
posted by athirstforsalt on Dec 1, 2016 - 15 answers

Can you talk me down from my anxiety?

I have a therapist (but won't be able to get into see him for a month), I do CBT and mindfulness and other useful things but the last 6 weeks have blown my stress levels sky-high (over 360 on that psychological scale thing). I'm a late diagnosed aspie with a heaping of lifelong social anxiety on the side. I have some repetitive intrusive thoughts that I can't dislodge and I need your gentle help and logic please.   [more inside]
posted by b33j on Nov 30, 2016 - 20 answers

Should I try to "grow" feelings for this person or listen to my anxiety?

I have been dating this guy for just over a month now. I knew him previously from HS, but we reconnected through a dating site. I had a huge crush on him in HS but I wasn't sure how I'd feel as that was a long time ago (25 now). Before we met I was honest and said I wanted friendship to start off with, cause I assumed he'd expect a hook up right away. We've hung out five times now, and been texting a lot but I'm not sure how I feel still. [more inside]
posted by oracleia on Nov 29, 2016 - 16 answers

anxiety + sleep loss + self-love/esteem

This will be a long one, so bear with me! I've had self-esteem issues for a while now, around 10+ years. I'm in therapy, I go to Al-Anon, call people in Al-Anon for support and have a decent social network. However, I'm in a healthy relationship that I value a lot and it's brought out a lot of my own personal insecurities as well as a decent amount of nights for the past 4 months of below average sleep. How can I address my anxiety better? Details in main post. [more inside]
posted by isoman2kx on Nov 28, 2016 - 13 answers

Cancelled Reservation: Ask my kid for the money back?

So for Thanksgiving, my kid made the two us a reservation at a trendy vegetarian cafe, in the city, about 90 minutes drive from my place. We had to cancel (details follow), so I PayPal'd her the money to cover it, and she was going to find someone to go with. She didn't manage that; can I ask her for the money back? [more inside]
posted by quacky on Nov 27, 2016 - 26 answers

How can I get my child to get involved in the game?

Several years ago, my daughter decided she wanted to play hockey. She has been skating for several years and played in an all-girls club last season. This season, she has been playing in a coed league. She does great in practice, but when the time comes for her to participate in the game, she freezes up. [more inside]
posted by valentinepig on Nov 21, 2016 - 14 answers

Treating depression with Ketamine, Genetic Testing or Marijuana

I have had lifelong depression and anxiety. I have tried meds, therapy and vitamin treatments. Nothing has worked. I am ready to try something new [more inside]
posted by kbbbo on Nov 21, 2016 - 19 answers

How can I avoid You-Know-Who?

I had a panic attack today on my way back from a weekend away. It's the second one I've had in recent weeks. After today's, I realized that my constant state of panic about the president-elect isn't just because of the obvious, but because he specifically reminds me of a person who used to verbally abuse me. I'm being triggered ALL THE TIME now. How can I avoid being triggered as much as possible until I can work through this with my therapist?
posted by ocherdraco on Nov 20, 2016 - 23 answers

Letting go of a failed relationship...while we work together?

Gay filter: I am a 23 year old gay male. I started a relationship with a man of the same age that I work with. The relationship started fast and ended even faster. I went back to him after he hurt me, but soon decided enough is enough. Now I can't stand the pain when I see him in work, and I am still lingering over feelings of attachment to him...even though he hurt me! What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Lewnatic on Nov 15, 2016 - 10 answers

Should I give this polyamorous relationship a chance or end it?

I'm in a polyamorous relationship of less than a year. It has increasingly been a struggle for me in terms of self-esteem, fear of loss, and anxiety. Lately I've been thinking it's more fair to end this relationship than continue. Is it worth attempting to take this journey in hopes that it will be ok or should I just end the relationship with the idea that, like marriage or wanting children, it's a incompatibility that's a deal breaker? More details below. [more inside]
posted by Thirty7Degrees on Nov 15, 2016 - 17 answers

Therapy in the time of Trump

Had juggled some interpersonal issues that made me question / lose grip on reality; President Trump has made it bad enough for me to finally seek therapy again. Agent Orange contaminated snowflakes follow (content warning: self-injury) [more inside]
posted by Tsukushi on Nov 9, 2016 - 7 answers

Gestalt group therapy?

Any thoughts on whether the Gestalt approach, esp. in its group form, is for me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 8, 2016 - 3 answers

Does buying a big screen TV have to be this draining

Does buying a big screen TV have to be as draining - emotionally, chronologically, financially - as it seems? [more inside]
posted by bleep on Nov 5, 2016 - 23 answers

Why am I so desperate for love?

[Gayfilter] I am a 23-year-old gay man who has never had a serious relationship, not through lack of trying. When potential relationships come to an end, I get severely depressed and can't handle the rejection. I have tried therapy, medication, self-medication, hobbies, you name it, but I cannot shake this unbearable heartache that plagues me every time a guy I like calls time on our fleeting romance. [more inside]
posted by Lewnatic on Nov 5, 2016 - 16 answers

New relationship after traumatizing one -- How To Do It?

When you enter a new relationship with a secure person after one that has traumatized you, how do you separate the anxiety triggered by trauma from legitimate ones about the new relationship? [more inside]
posted by minoraltercation on Nov 5, 2016 - 9 answers

Cope with frequent, stressful meetings with a supervisor?

In grad school and must suffer through anxiety-filled weekly meetings with a supervisor. How can I deal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 2, 2016 - 12 answers

Depression/Anxiety help in Cleveland

Depression/Anxiety help in Cleveland. Looking for a doctor/therapist/counselor to help my daughter deal with the return of her old nemesis. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 30, 2016 - 3 answers

How do I pick myself up during the worst year of my life?

I have lost everything this past year. How do I move forward? [more inside]
posted by ladykitty5 on Oct 27, 2016 - 35 answers

Desperate for relief from symptoms of Klonopin weaning/anxiety

PLEASE DO NOT OFFER HOMEOPATHIC SOLUTIONS. I AM NOT INTERESTED. I've been on Klonopin (1mg am / 1mg pm) for longer than I can remember. It is doing nothing at this point. My anxiety is higher than ever and i am sure I've developed tolerance for the medication. I have read nothing but bad things about the drug and I want off. My concern is the awful, awful and prolonged withdrawal period and all of the horrible effects. Is there any relief from this while titrating off? [more inside]
posted by chonus on Oct 25, 2016 - 26 answers

I need an intervention with my fiance before it's too late.

I am in a crisis situation with my SO. We are engaged with a wedding date less than 8 months away. While she is busy planning the wedding, I am spending more and more of my free time worrying about everything that is wrong with our relationship. As much as I'm praying that we can work through our issues, our fights have become more frequent and nastier. As a result, I'm experiencing major anxiety related to the upcoming wedding. I'm going to have a conversation with her about my feelings but am genuinely torn about what decision to make: keep the wedding date and try to work through our issues vs. postpone the wedding and work through our issues vs. cancel the engagement altogether vs. break up. Based on the relationship dynamics I describe below, what is everyone's advice as to the best course of action to take? To postpone the wedding & work through the issues seems like the most logical path, but my gut feeling tells me that she won't be receptive to that idea. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 24, 2016 - 64 answers

How to be more confident and less socially anxious?

Hello All, I seem be having some low-self esteem issues lately, especially with expressing a fierce opinion, sharing my beliefs, and sharing/explaining my hobbies to others. I have such a difficult time warming up to strangers, that I will excessively worry that I'm not interesting, exciting, and vibrant enough -- I'll shut down and become aloof. I have become withdrawn and reserved -- how can I open up and gain some confidence? [more inside]
posted by RearWindow on Oct 21, 2016 - 6 answers

Resources for someone who feels too much

A friend recently messaged me to ask: "Do you ever get the feeling like you feel absolutely too much about everything and you worry so much that you can't even exist anymore? I feel like I have no barrier to protect myself against all the sad and all the what ifs of the world and maybe I'm faulty." Is this anxiety, or something else? What resources can I point her to while she works toward finding the time and money for therapy? [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on Oct 19, 2016 - 14 answers

Help me cope with/solve an unstable digestive system

I am a woman in my late 20s, and I had my gallbladder removed a couple years ago. I feel better now than I did before the surgery, but my gastrointestinal system has become JUST unstable enough to be a source of anxiety in my life. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 19, 2016 - 21 answers

Domestic crisis = time to reasses

Should I move back to England and back in with my parents? [more inside]
posted by guessthis on Oct 18, 2016 - 14 answers

Help me move on from a recent bad job and understand what happened.

I need help distinguishing what was my fault and what was bad management. Also need help dealing with the anxiety that still comes back to me about it. [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Oct 16, 2016 - 11 answers

What can be done to make Chapter 13 less horrible for a human creditor?

We are not a bank, but hold a secured note. (Complex details inside) Days before the sale, the debtor just filed Chapter 13 bankruptcy. What can we do to maximize our chances of getting either the property or the loan/lawyer fee amount soon? We were counting on this for a lot. Also, please help me not get taken for a ride by a lawyer that I'm not sure is acting in our best interest, and not panic. [more inside]
posted by corb on Oct 12, 2016 - 13 answers

Dealing with Anxiety

Techniques to help when getting caught up in feelings of doom? [more inside]
posted by sprezzy on Oct 10, 2016 - 11 answers

This merry-go-round sure is fun but I'd like to get off now.

Well, I have a few really awesome problems that I would completely recommend to anyone. I would suggest you try any of, or especially the full combination of, the following:
  • Chronic illness
  • No social network
  • Mental illness
  • Geographic dislocation
  • My question: how do I build a decent life? Or start in that direction, in a stable way that won't fall apart in a light breeze. Again. [more inside]
    posted by bizarrenacle on Oct 9, 2016 - 8 answers

    Hi, can you tell me nice things about Halcion and hydroxyzine?

    I'm getting oral conscious sedation (not IV sedation) tomorrow for wisdom tooth removal and am feeling nervous about it. I don't like feeling high or out of control, and it doesn't seem these drugs do that, but what else do they do? Specific questions in the [more inside] [more inside]
    posted by c'mon sea legs on Oct 7, 2016 - 13 answers

    How do I find confidence in identity?

    This is a super deep question about identity and self-esteem and social anxiety but it's something that I can't stop thinking or understanding lately and I feel like the answer is what I need to achieve some sort of happiness or stability in my life. [more inside]
    posted by oracleia on Oct 6, 2016 - 16 answers

    Need help organizing my evenings

    Simple activities that I can do in the 45 minutes before bed [more inside]
    posted by puckish on Oct 1, 2016 - 12 answers

    Am I unlucky or just crazy?

    I've just been diagnosed with what was explained to me as a psychosomatic condition with nothing physiologically wrong. I would be relieved if this wasn't the last of several times I've had worrying, bothersome symptoms, had all tests come back clear and had the symptoms clear up right after being given a clean bill of health. Why does this keep happening to me? Do I need serious psychiatric help? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Sep 30, 2016 - 8 answers

    Depression Crisis

    What is going to happen when I use these 'expired' meds? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Sep 25, 2016 - 10 answers

    How can an introvert psych herself up to do something social?

    I generally enjoy social gatherings and parties when I attend them but as an introvert, I often get cold feet at the last minute and end up not going. What kinds of affirmations and strategies can I use to get through this? [more inside]
    posted by armadillo1224 on Sep 24, 2016 - 20 answers

    how to handle manipulative thoughts

    Sometimes I'll realize that an action I'm about to take or planning on taking could have positive benefits for me down the road. Does this then make the action manipulative? Should I not take the action, or set up the situation in a way where it can't have a potential benefit to myself, or just focus on not having the manipulative thought in the first place? How atypical is it to have thoughts like these? [more inside]
    posted by aaabbbccc on Sep 19, 2016 - 18 answers

    Is psychiatric rehabilitation worthwhile?

    I have a chance to add psych rehab to my mental health treatment, at no cost. Seems like a no brainer, but I'm not entirely sure it would be worth it for me. [more inside]
    posted by Archipelago on Sep 19, 2016 - 4 answers

    The Room Where It Happens

    How do you trust yourself? How do you draw upon a consistent sense of your goals and preferences and actual emotions about things? [more inside]
    posted by elephantsvanish on Sep 14, 2016 - 14 answers

    Filling a prescription in London

    I accidentally forgot my prescriptions. I'm now in London. How do I get my US doctors office to call this in to a local drug store? These are my anxiety meds and I need them soon. [more inside]
    posted by special-k on Sep 10, 2016 - 6 answers

    Let's make moving and packing FUN again

    Please help me not crash and burn. Because of reasons, from today until next weekend I will be doing most of the packing and moving into a new place across town. Moving and packing tips are always helpful, but what I really need are tips to keep me motivated, energetic and productive while avoiding burnout. [more inside]
    posted by nightrecordings on Sep 10, 2016 - 10 answers

    Low effort, quick things to provide an immediate mood boost

    I recently entered therapy for depression, social anxiety and other issues. Part of my first session was writing up a suicide prevention/safety plan. I am supposed to have a list of things that are easy to do and take less than an hour that will help me feel better. I am struggling to come up with anything that seems like it would help. [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Sep 9, 2016 - 46 answers

    Youth is wasted on the young...

    How do I make peace with the fact that I will become old, and how do I make the most out of my twenties? [more inside]
    posted by Crookshanks_Meow on Sep 9, 2016 - 59 answers

    What would you do in my situation (regarding career and life decisions)?

    It seems for years I have been unhappy because I have a lot of drive to do something with my life, but for the love of God I just can't settle into a direction. I am currently in university taking a pre-masters to go into urban planning but I just feel like I don't really know what I'm doing or if I will like it. I am curious if others have been in a similiar situation before and if so how did they find their way? Also if you could read my extended explanation and tell me what you would do in my situation or offer any advice I would love to hear it. [more inside]
    posted by oracleia on Sep 8, 2016 - 17 answers

    Peace, happiness and motivation in 25* words or less

    I have some useful mental scripts that help me deal with irregular brain chemistry and other maladies. Things like saying "surf the emotion", or "it's just a thought. It's not reality" and "is this behaviour / thinking pattern helpful?" or "if you feel crap, clean the bathroom. You'll still feel like crap, but at least the bathroom will be clean." Give me more. [more inside]
    posted by b33j on Sep 3, 2016 - 71 answers

    Coping with the Two Week Wait (IVF)

    I'm currently at Day 8 of the Two Week Wait for IVF. This is the first time I've had an embryo implanted. As an added complication, I'm doing this as a single woman. My anxiety levels are sky high. I'm looking for stories of people who have been there. How did you survive? What helped? What didn't?
    posted by daybeforetheday on Sep 2, 2016 - 15 answers

    Help me say no to what’s likely to seem like a great offer

    In a few days’ time I’m going to be sitting down for lunch with my ex-boss, whom I know is going to offer me a new job. I left my old job for very good reasons that haven’t gone away, and whilst the new job sounds intriguing, I know it’d be a very bad idea for me to take it. Unfortunately I’m terrible at saying “no” to people. Help me deal with this like a grown-up! [more inside]
    posted by six sided sock on Sep 2, 2016 - 20 answers

    I can love science! I can be a nurse! (Oh God, what was I thinking?)

    Am I deluding myself to think that I can suddenly become a science person? Also, small favor, please tell me what to do with my life. [more inside]
    posted by thornhill on Aug 31, 2016 - 19 answers

    Talking to you, not at you.

    After this question, I resolved to do what I could to change my situation. I'm struggling, but managing, to be less aware of my inner monologue and more focused on using new strategies for conversation. But it *is* still very much a conscious process. I feel an almost physical pressure to talk exclusively about myself, and exclusively about struggle. I have to force myself to ask follow-up questions, to laugh even when things are genuinely funny. It's so rare that the volume of my self-talk lowers and I'm able to enjoy interactions for what they are. [more inside]
    posted by marsbar77 on Aug 27, 2016 - 13 answers

    Ever been on Pristiq? What's it like?

    I'm about to start Pristiq, an SNRI antidepressant, as part of my treatment plan for depression/anxiety/ADHD. I've been on antidepressants before, but would like to hear what people's experiences have been with this one. [more inside]
    posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Aug 26, 2016 - 7 answers

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