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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 - 10 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

New grad RN would rather do anything else; extreme anxiety

Is it possible to get over anxiety like mine about nursing? I’m not exactly keen to try, but I feel like I’m failing at having a career before I even started. Can I still have a successful career with a nursing degree I never intend to use? [more inside]
posted by efsrous on Aug 25, 2016 - 26 answers

I'm no fun anymore

Basically what it says on the tin. After a long, hard, stupid year (that isn't even over yet) full of cancer (other peoples') and unemployment (mine) and general global misery, I am no fun anymore. What are some ways you have gotten your fun, your chill, your resilience, or your humor back after hard times? Open to all manner of things but it does have to be relatively inexpensive. [more inside]
posted by We put our faith in Blast Hardcheese on Aug 24, 2016 - 39 answers

Acing job interviews while struggling with anxiety?

I seem to be terrible at interviewing for jobs. I attribute most of this to anxiety around being evaluated, as I always freeze up and my mind goes blank. I think my anxiety makes me come off as timid as well. I've never, EVER, gotten a job from a formal interview process. All of my full time jobs I've obtained via temping; Clients realize that I am an excellent employee despite poor first impressions and hire me permanently. My former co-workers and managers have told me that I'm friendly, articulate, outgoing and professional. I just can't get this across during job interviews. [more inside]
posted by Stonkle on Aug 23, 2016 - 12 answers

Why can't I get over my bad ex-boss?

It's been almost two months since I left a place of employment which had become very bad for me. I still can't get over it. Why am I so stuck on this? [more inside]
posted by ficbot on Aug 22, 2016 - 18 answers

Worried over a disparity of feelings or worried over nothing?

Last week I decided to enter a Long Distance Relationship with a person I’ve never met in person. I like him and he likes me… but I also feel he may like me too much for a person he’s never met? Or perhaps I’m misreading him or overthinking, which I am prone to do. How do I handle this? Details within. [more inside]
posted by AdriftInSpace on Aug 20, 2016 - 32 answers

Are you dependable? I want to be dependable, too.

[ADHD filter] I want to become a more reliable and dependable person. If you are a former 'unreliable' or 'not dependable' person who is now considered to be very reliable and punctual (at work as well as among friends and family), how did you change? What steps did you take? What lifestyle changes did you make? [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Aug 19, 2016 - 25 answers

Can unproductive people ever become productive?

I'm an anxious, ADHD serial procrastinator and I hate it and sh*t is hitting the fan. It's a longstanding pattern. Is there any hope? How can I possibly move past this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 19, 2016 - 16 answers

I'm developing a serious driving anxiety/phobia - help!

In the last several years, I have gone from a fearless person who would go anywhere to a very careful and cautious driver who only takes back roads and avoids bridges and even small overpasses in town. [more inside]
posted by kiwi-epitome on Aug 19, 2016 - 19 answers

Career Advice for a Young, Indecisive Teacher

I'm a young teacher struggling to determine my future career and life path. Is having self doubt in spite of outward success normal? How can I go about being more decisive about my future? Boring details to follow! [more inside]
posted by Fastest Pokemon on Aug 12, 2016 - 11 answers

Activities to help me 'get out of my head'

I'm an anxious beanplater in desperate need of a positive distraction. I want to come up with a long list of activities I can refer to that will help me 'get out of my head' - in other words, the activities are so (manageably, safely) intense or consuming or absorbing that I don't have the time or mental space to waste on unimportant worries and anxieties that would otherwise eat me alive. Effectively helping me to "get out of" my head and stop obsessive thoughts. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Aug 11, 2016 - 51 answers

In the space between cancer and not-cancer

I had a test today in which the end result may or may not be ovarian cancer. But I won't know for a few weeks. How do I keep calm and carry on until then? My maternal grandmother died of ovarian cancer, and she was initially diagnosed when she was about my age, so that doesn't help. Somewhat ironically, I just got a referral for BRCA testing last week, but don't have an appointment yet.
posted by anonymous on Aug 10, 2016 - 15 answers

I suck at vacation

It is a running joke that I suck at being on vacation. I'm going away this weekend and really want to not suck. Help. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Aug 8, 2016 - 19 answers

Anxiety or Intuition?: Special Career Edition

I have an offer for a position I was initially excited about. But something doesn't feel right, and I'm hesitating. Is that feeling just normal anxiety about change and the unknown, or a gut feeling about the position/place? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 6, 2016 - 9 answers

Tips for surviving an At Home Video EEG test

I'm scheduled to be outfitted with an ambulatory eeg with video monitoring early next week. What should I expect? [more inside]
posted by stagewhisper on Aug 5, 2016 - 0 answers

Disclosing mental illness in a new relationship

I am mentally ill and dating someone new. When do you disclose mental illness in a new relationship and how do you do it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 3, 2016 - 7 answers

How do I put someone at ease? Complication: potential mutual attraction

I have to work very closely with someone that seems to be very anxious around me. Is there anything I can do to make this person more comfortable? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 3, 2016 - 6 answers

How do you get medications for anxiety or depression?

I've read a lot of questions and replies here about various medications for anxiety and depression, and I'd like to at least get evaluated and find out if they'd be helpful for me. Who do I go to for this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 2, 2016 - 21 answers

How to Talk to Strangers?

I’m terrible at striking up conversation with people that I don’t know. Some of this is my thought patterns and attitudes, some of it is my anxiety, but I’m realizing more and more that I just never quite learned how to properly do it. [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Jul 31, 2016 - 14 answers

How do I live this awful job?

My job is awful — and I mean really awful. I can’t get a full night’s sleep, take care of myself, or have a life any more. I’m suffering mentally and physically, but the exit door isn’t clearly marked. I could use some advice...and also, a new job. Lots of shitty snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 30, 2016 - 24 answers

Is this bullying, if so what type, and what should I do?

I feel like I was publicly bullied at a board meeting, but I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by avalonian on Jul 29, 2016 - 32 answers

Subtle self-soothing at work

I am in treatment for severe anxiety. At home, I self-soothe by wringing my hands and rocking, but that's not appropriate for the workplace. I need to be typing so worry stones and spinner rings are out. I need to elevate my legs so foot tapping is out, too. What are some subtle physical things I can do at my desk to calm myself?
posted by Ruki on Jul 27, 2016 - 36 answers

I am having a genuinely difficult time getting over a breakup...

How do I move on from this breakup, considering it was such a short time? [more inside]
posted by ladykitty5 on Jul 26, 2016 - 22 answers

So I Got A Traffic Ticket Today

Am I Worrying for Nothing? [more inside]
posted by Trusted Sidekick on Jul 25, 2016 - 15 answers

Mean coworker makes me dread going to work

I think my coworker at the cafe I work at is treating me really passive-aggressively. Is there anything I can do to ease the tension? [more inside]
posted by Bleusman on Jul 23, 2016 - 27 answers

It Seems to Me that "Maybe" Pretty Much Always Means "No"

My (very) new boyfriend told me Friday he isn't sure if he sees himself living with someone or getting married again. Later in the weekend, he backtracked and said he was stressed out about other things, afraid of losing me, and he could be open to it. Is this relationship doomed, or can "not sure" mean something other than "no"? [more inside]
posted by foxonisland on Jul 19, 2016 - 33 answers

How do you get over the anxiety of starting a new relationship?

...if the last one was awful. I'm 25 F. My parents are divorced and had a very abusive relationship. I don't speak with (or have a relationship with) my dad as a result. I'm not really sure what a healthy relationship looks like. My friends (and family) are mostly single. My first and only serious relationship was a complete disaster. [more inside]
posted by Femiluv on Jul 19, 2016 - 10 answers

Mirena: Am I crazy or is this IUD really giving me the blues?

I think my Mirena IUD may be the ultimate explanation for my drop off in mood, motivation and energy levels over the last sixteen months. I need some insight from other Mirena users, both past and current. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Jul 15, 2016 - 18 answers

Partner's struggles with anxiety have killed our sex life

I am really struggling with my partner’s anxiety and its impact on our sex life. I am 33, he is 25, and we are a gay male couple. [more inside]
posted by ninefour on Jul 13, 2016 - 12 answers

Reducing my dog's divorce-related stress

Please help me reduce the stress/separation anxiety and improve the behavior of my 3 year old dog. More inside. [more inside]
posted by heartofglass on Jul 13, 2016 - 13 answers

How to clarify mental health issues

I have a lot of trouble with executive function skills and some other stuff that could have several different root causes. I would like to figure out what the real cause(s) are, to hopefully improve my coping skills. [more inside]
posted by Ceci n'est pas une chaussette on Jul 11, 2016 - 6 answers

My career anxiety is (probably) holding me back, can I get rid of it?

Ever since graduating from university 6 years ago, I've been stuck in a rut about what to "do" with my life. How can I, finally, get out of this rut and get on a career path I truly feel comfortable with? I didn't miss the boat for career "success," did I? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by modesty.blaise on Jul 8, 2016 - 7 answers

Last night my girlfriend told me that she has no sex drive

I'm 24 and she's 20, last night she told me she doesn't enjoy sex at all and doesn't see the point. She said she likes how people look and likes how I like but doesn't feel desire towards them. I've tried to ask her more about it, like when it started, but she said she genuinely didn't know, it's been causing her a lot of stress and upset and she was afraid to tell me. [more inside]
posted by fallingleaves on Jul 3, 2016 - 40 answers

Cymbalta for Anxiety?

Tell me about your experience with Cymbalta, when prescribed for anxiety. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Jul 2, 2016 - 8 answers

What self help workbooks would you recommend for me?

I am looking for a book that will help me work through issues with intimacy and being emotionally distant, anxiety surrounding myself and my life, self esteem issues, getting in touch with my emotions, and just dealing with a lot of latent frustration. Overall, a book on tools to develop emotional maturity is what I need. If anyone knows of a workbook with exercises that would be best since they tend to keep my attention, but if not a regular self help book would be awesome. [more inside]
posted by tomtheblackbear on Jun 30, 2016 - 9 answers

Can I chalk this all up to anxiety/stress? (YANMD)

I had a stress breakdown a little over a month ago and have been dealing with various physical symptoms since then. A few things in particular have been bothering me over the past 1-2 weeks and I'm curious if my hypochondria might be getting the best of me. [more inside]
posted by wisco9 on Jun 30, 2016 - 15 answers

Can I stop worrying now?

I found some suspicious bites, but the exterminator's search turned up nothing [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Jun 29, 2016 - 6 answers

How to deal with the fear of physical confrontation

How do you overcome the worry and anxiety caused by the prospect of a physical confrontation and the psychological aftermath? [more inside]
posted by blokefromipanema on Jun 29, 2016 - 14 answers

Why do I feel wired?

So I’m dating a great guy for about 6 weeks now and it’s going well in many ways. A few days ago he invited me to watch a movie at his sister’s. We picked up some food and went over. I met his sister and her husband, we watched a movie, then went to the kitchen area and were talking for a bit about movies. They are perfectly nice people, but I felt awkward the entire time. [more inside]
posted by LakeDream on Jun 28, 2016 - 22 answers

All work and no play...well, you know the rest.

I'm great at fulfilling my obligations, but awful at doing things for fun or pleasure. What has helped you get better at doing things for enjoyment? [more inside]
posted by MetaFilter World Peace on Jun 27, 2016 - 12 answers

Anxiety in mother

My mother has always been a high level worrier but as years pass her anxieties are posing limits on her and my father. She's not been receptive to discussion of this in the past. Is there a way to broach this with her and possibly help her get the help she needs to live a more enjoyable and less restricted life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 25, 2016 - 11 answers

cardio = panic attack

Raising my heart rate to cardio-levels has a really high chance of making my body think it is having a panic attack and I want it to stop doing that. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Jun 24, 2016 - 8 answers

I think you need therapy...

I really want my partner to try therapy but she really doesn't want to. How do we resolve this? [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Jun 23, 2016 - 35 answers

Can cessation of an SSRI cause new issues?

Since quitting Zoloft, I am experiencing issues that are arguably more debilitating than the issue that I was prescribed this medication for in the first place. I am wondering if anyone has had similar experiences with new mental health issues emerging after quitting a psych medication. [more inside]
posted by theskywaspurple on Jun 20, 2016 - 9 answers

Medication for public speaking phobia?

I have a severe public speaking phobia, and am considering asking my GP about short-term medication to get me through presentations. Very concerned about being labelled a drug-seeker, though -- how to avoid this? Snowflake deets inside. [more inside]
posted by jejak on Jun 18, 2016 - 19 answers

Benzos (Ativan) during the day? Are effects noticeable to others?

I'm currently dealing with a number of stressors - Mom's leukemia, underemployment, etc - and take Ativan at night as-needed for sleep. Relatives (Some I like, a few notsomuch) I haven't seen in a while are coming in to see Mom today, and I'm getting pukey thinking of having to deal with them while I'm barely holding myself together. I'm considering an Ativan before I meet them, but I don't want to seem loopy or zombielike. Those who take a benzo (Ativan in particular) during the day - do people notice? Can you function? [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers on Jun 17, 2016 - 30 answers

Help me understand myself. Why do I get so anxious?

I get a lot of anxiety from dating (and from my life circumstances), and I'm not sure why that is. I'm trying to narrow down the factors and pinpoint what the deal is and how to move forward. I could use some advice or life-experience stories from other folks. [more inside]
posted by uncannyslacks on Jun 15, 2016 - 11 answers

nervous about flying because i can't stop thinking about death

I've always been terrified of flying yet I've always managed to do it. Now I've started envisioning very vivid, gruesome flight-related death scenarios. I have two Transatlantic flights and two cross-country (USA) flights coming up in a couple of months. How do I chill? [more inside]
posted by quadrant seasons on Jun 14, 2016 - 28 answers

NestingFilter

I'm moving into a new apartment and about to start graduate studies, after many (many) moves. How can I cultivate a sense of stability and warmth in my new home? How do I "nest" in a more meaningful, emotional sense? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Jun 9, 2016 - 18 answers

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