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Un-supersize me. Difficulty: mental health

With anxiety, chronic depression and ADHD (I'm being treated for all), I struggle sometimes to get out of bed and go to work, let alone exercising and making healthy food (I know, I know, 30 minutes daily exercise is the single biggest thing for health). Where do I start? It seems huge and impossible. I have some spare cash to throw at this, but I’m reluctant to buy expensive clothes racks that take up space in my tiny flat and accuse me silently. If you have any ideas/tips/links for an old (50ish) seriously unmotivated introvert with a BMI of 40 and the attention span of a lizard, that’d be good. If you see a (solvable) obstacle that I'm obviously missing, I'd appreciate your insight. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 25, 2014 - 38 answers

Suggestions needed for reducing severe muscle tension.

I suffer from what I call background anxiety that manifests as extreme muscle tension. Has anyone successfully dealt with this? Is there hope for me? [more inside]
posted by miaou on Nov 25, 2014 - 30 answers

How to pick a therapist to help my anxiety (before pregnancy/parenting)

How do I pick the right therapist to help with my anxiety, stress, indecisiveness, and perfectionist tendencies? What kinds of therapy/techniques/approaches might be most helpful? How do I quickly assess whether to stick with someone or look elsewhere? What are reasonable expectations of how much I can improve in therapy and how quickly? I'm terrible at making decisions-- I need help! (Especially since we want to start trying for kids in a few months so I feel real urgency to make progress quickly to feel comfortable going ahead, for both my and the kid's sake.) DC-area, FYI. [more inside]
posted by SockHop on Nov 24, 2014 - 4 answers

Nerves when speaking to Important People

I get nervous when speaking to Important Businesspeople, specifically, VPs and C-levels and the higher levels of middle management. How can I avoid this? [more inside]
posted by rebooter on Nov 17, 2014 - 24 answers

County Mental Health Center Woes

I suffer from severe anxiety and PTSD, and I have been on benzos for 10 years now (first Xanax and then clonazepam). My insurance limits me to going to the county mental health center, and my psychiatrist there sent down a mandate that I have to stop the clonazepam. I'm frustrated, especially since I was not offered anything different for anxiety. I am mostly upset about poor communication and it’s not so much that I am questioning her judgment from a medical perspective. I am not seeking advice about managing anxiety; I want advice about self-advocacy. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Nov 16, 2014 - 11 answers

How do I overcome my cognitive biases to figure out what I'm good at?

The infrequently mentioned counterpoint to the Dunning-Kruger effect is that people who are better than average at something underestimate their skills. Self-evaluation is hard. I know that I personally have a hefty dose of impostor syndrome and distorted thinking to add to that cognitive bias, but how do I adjust for this? [more inside]
posted by cortisol on Nov 14, 2014 - 7 answers

How do I let go?

I'm having problems letting go of control and being authentically "me" in my relationship. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 12, 2014 - 16 answers

Should I take hormonal birth control if I am anxiety prone?

Help me sort out my options. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 12, 2014 - 34 answers

How can I stop fretting about standard communications with friends?

I spend way too much time worrying about the way my friends communicate with me -- specifically, I worry that any delay in response time means that they're angry or annoyed with me, or, even more dramatically, that they don't want me around anymore. I wonder if there are any good ways to talk myself out of this. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by holborne on Nov 10, 2014 - 10 answers

It's Breaking, if not Broken: Can I fix it?

My partner confessed to entertaining the idea of moving out, because living with me has been difficult of late and it's starting to hurt them. Is there any way back from this? [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Nov 10, 2014 - 13 answers

Financial anxiety! I am a lucky bum, but can't stop worrying.

I'm dealing with a lot of financial anxiety, even though I'm in a place that I know many people would envy. Does anyone have concrete advice for managing illogical anxiety over money, savings and employment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 9, 2014 - 11 answers

I've been prescribed Fluoxetine (Prozac), should I take it?

To be honest, I don't know if I'm currently depressed. I do have some of the symptoms of depression but these tend to come and go: low mood, irritability, poor sleep, poor appetite, difficulty concentrating, negative thinking (I've had this one most of my life). I also suffer from anxiety and get stressed very easily - my personality is highly neurotic. Some days I feel pretty okay but my mood really goes down when I get home from work and especially on the weekends when I'm spending a lot of time alone in my room. [more inside]
posted by fallingleaves on Nov 9, 2014 - 22 answers

How to get through a period of fruitless job hunting?

I have a degree and nine years of work experience, but I can't find any kind of job. How I can deal with my overwhelming feelings of hopelessness, and keep from losing my mind while I'm job hunting? Snowflakes inside, of course. [more inside]
posted by kinddieserzeit on Nov 8, 2014 - 6 answers

Wanted: GRATUITOUS AMOUNTS OF ENERGY

How can I make myself more energetic on any given day, without making myself more agitated or anxious in the process? [more inside]
posted by rorgy on Nov 6, 2014 - 18 answers

Help me experience joy again.

I have been experiencing a really limited ability to feel actual emotion, even though I'm not having a depressive episode, and I am having a lot of trouble finding a way out. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Nov 5, 2014 - 11 answers

FMLA in Massachusetts?

I am an employee in Boston, MA who is strongly considering taking a medical leave of absence. Please help me to understand my rights. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 2, 2014 - 7 answers

How do make peace with my career anxieties so I can update my C.V.?

I am going to defend my Ph.D. in a few months. That means I really need to be applying for jobs. But I haven't touched my C.V. in months--years, probably--because every time I think about it I get overwhelmed by waves of anxiety and despair and impostor syndrome. How do I get past that and update the damn thing so I can start sending it out? [more inside]
posted by cortisol on Oct 30, 2014 - 11 answers

Should I reach out to people I have let down?

Over the last two years, I abandoned many of my commitments due to not being able to cope with anxiety and depression. Now that I'm receiving treatment and my symptoms have almost entirely disappeared, I feel the need to reach out to some people I may have let down. What is the best way to reach out to them and apologize for letting them down, and for practically disappearing for months or years? Or should I even bother? [more inside]
posted by joebakes on Oct 30, 2014 - 13 answers

Need help with Emotional Regulation

I'm flailing and feeling like I've backslid on a lot of personal progress. I don't know what's going on, and I'd like some advice for getting myself back on track. I've attempted to keep this concise. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 28, 2014 - 8 answers

Is this a motivation issue or what?

I think I'm dealing with some motivational paralysis, but it's a little complicated. Any ideas MeFi? [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Oct 27, 2014 - 14 answers

Effective substitute for Valium?

Long shot but here goes. I have an anxiety disorder and use valium as an occasional circuit breaker, essentially to have the odd night off when other coping mechanisms stop working. It works very well and is part of an agreed upon management plan with my GP and a psychiatrist, both of whom are happy with my level of use of the drug. Recent research is making me concerned about the long term effects of occasional use of the drug, however, and I would like to potentially find an alternative. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 27, 2014 - 17 answers

Help me take my albuterol!

The thought of taking medications that make one feel nervous/anxious makes me anxious because it's a focus of my anxiety problems. I'm therefore nervous about taking my albuterol inhaler (I have bronchitis, it sucks, so I should really take the inhaler). Can you give me information about what to expect in terms of restlessness, anxiety, nervousness, etc.? Duration, symptoms, etc.? I'd ask my doctor but she was totally uninterested in my special snowflake needs (university clinic, she's not my permanent doctor).
posted by c'mon sea legs on Oct 20, 2014 - 29 answers

Any tips/methods for breaking out of negative thought spirals?

I have some pretty serious anxiety issues and depression. These have been tremendously exacerbated by some rather overwhelming recent events. I'm seeing professionals for help, but I am getting stuck, for many hours a day, on these thought loops where I imagine in vivid detail the worst case scenario for whatever is bothering me. If I don't have anything to latch onto at the moment, I just feel constant general physical anxiousness. Are there any methods that have worked for you to break out of a similar cycle/pattern? Not looking for medical advice, but for anecdotal advice. [more inside]
posted by polywomp on Oct 16, 2014 - 21 answers

I am freaking out majorly over a new relationship. Help!!!

I just started dating this new guy about 5 weeks ago, and we just became exclusive. I am now freaking out about everything and need to get a handle. I don't know what's going on here. Help? [more inside]
posted by anon1129 on Oct 15, 2014 - 10 answers

I feel like I cannot function without Tylenol. How can I stop this?

I have persistent headaches, backaches, depression, and anxiety. I take Tylenol to alleviate both physical and emotional pain, but now it has become so habitual that I can't stop. I'm scared of what I'm doing to my health at this point and need advice on how to stop, and other alternatives I can take to relax enough to be able to function throughout my day. [more inside]
posted by summertimesadness1988 on Oct 12, 2014 - 22 answers

So what's the deal with medication?

I have been in therapy for a little while for anxiety/obsessive thoughts. This has gone very well so far, but I still feel awful, and I am wondering whether I should try meds. Snowflakes after the jump. [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Oct 10, 2014 - 17 answers

2+2= ???

A close relative is in a demanding STEM program. Test-taking causes an increase in anxiety, naturally, which in turn seems to put the squeeze on those tubes by which information moves from brain to paper. Strategies for warding off or alleviating this sensation would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by bullatony on Oct 10, 2014 - 9 answers

Okay, okay. I'm getting therapy. ...How do I do this?

After struggling with a few largely non-crisis issues for the last eight years or so, I've decided to go see a therapist. I've seen a counselor before, and she's lovely, but I feel like I need more cognitive insight now. I found my current counselor by calling the local Pride Center and getting a list of names, then going with the first one who answered their phone. I want to make a more informed decision this time. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 10, 2014 - 5 answers

Hereditary plate of beans: coping strats for overthinking family.

My overthinking things was making me unhappy... so I cut way back on it, and now I'm enjoying life more. Yay! But now I'm way less tolerant of the same behavior in family and loved ones; trying to ignore it leads to awkward, anxiety-producing silences. Boo. Insert your advice here. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 9, 2014 - 6 answers

Help me be stronger and more resilient

Self defeating thoughts make it hard to get things done. I want to be able to enjoy my time at school, but my low self confidence causes a lot of anxiety. Is there a way I can shift my perspective? [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Sep 28, 2014 - 7 answers

How do I manage my dream project when I'm sad and anxious?

I am faced with a hugely exciting, complex, challenging project of my own devising. It's a chance for me to build my dream and ... I'm sitting here crying instead of working. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 24, 2014 - 6 answers

Finding friends in Fresno?

My mother moved to Fresno 4 years ago, to be near her sister. She likes it here, more or less. However, she is 65, single, bored, and I have run out of suggestions. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by ananci on Sep 20, 2014 - 11 answers

Meditative, calming Android apps (or websites)

I'm looking, roughly speaking, for a game, but it needs to be as un-game-like as possible. I'd like something interactive I can play with when feeling overwhelmed which is visually appealing, responsive, fairly simple, and has few or no objectives. Levels and world-building are too addictive for this purpose. I'd like to be able to start and stop playing quite easily, and to be able to play when my mind is out for the count (so no puzzles). Can you help? [more inside]
posted by lokta on Sep 20, 2014 - 14 answers

When I'm low, I'm low

How do you effectively seek treatment for anxiety and depression when the symptoms come and go? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 20, 2014 - 9 answers

How to scare someone?

Recently I was surprise spooked by a figure on my roof as I was leaving my house in the middle of the night as a joke by my friend. I want to get them back in a big way. Short of anything super extreme or coordinating with friends (this is a solo operation) how can I scare them back? I need your best and scariest ideas.
posted by Marinara on Sep 19, 2014 - 16 answers

Anxiety meds that won't cause sexual problems or hair loss?

Are there any traditional or non-traditional prescription medications for anxiety that don't pose a risk of sexual side effects or hair loss? SSRIs can cause both. Buspar poses a risk of hair loss, and benzos like valium pose a risk of sexual side effects. Is there anything that doesn't?
posted by iamisaid on Sep 18, 2014 - 22 answers

Self- sabotage: A beast with two heads

For the past few years, I've had to deal with what seems like procrastination's more stubborn cousin. It's not just a tendency to put things off- it feels like a visceral, physically-manifested resistance to doing things that should involve no forethought in terms of effort whatsoever, or that do, but that would only serve to help me better myself if I managed to get them done. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Sep 18, 2014 - 19 answers

I have "commitment issues", which are incompatible with what I want.

I've always known that I want to find someone and fall in love and raise a family, the whole bit. That's my end-goal, no other ambition in my life is more important to me.. But I always freak out in relationships. I'm almost always the one moving things forwards, because I know what I want, but I get so anxious sometimes.. I'm currently dating someone who is actually perfect for me. He's like me in every way, I've never had better. I don't want to lose him, and I'm not planning on it, but I'm hoping to get advice as to how to stop "freaking out". [more inside]
posted by Ellabelle797 on Sep 17, 2014 - 7 answers

Big clothes in the big city? (DC-filter)

I'm a fat woman (US sizes like 26-28 at the moment), newishly arrived to Washington DC. Where can I buy some clothes my size, in a brick-and-mortar store where I can try them on, and if possible that's near public transportation? My job involves some physical work and can get a bit dusty/dirty; I tend to wear jeans or cords, and a button shirt with the sleeves rolled up. [more inside]
posted by Forgetful Jones on Sep 17, 2014 - 11 answers

Lifelong struggle with mental illness - what else can I try?

I've been in and out of therapy my entire adult life (over twenty years) and am currently in treatment with a psychiatrist. The past few days I have been plagued with horrible feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness which culminated in crying uncontrollably this morning and unable to leave the house and go to work, and I barely managed to let my office know I wasn't coming in. I haven't been able to focus and I am sure everyone at work can tell how much my performance is slipping. I feel like a complete mess. No matter how good I can wind up feeling for a while, I always wind up back to this state. If I haven't managed to get to a good place in my life by now, how can I ever hope for improvement? Do I need more intensive treatment? What would that even look like? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 17, 2014 - 15 answers

I really need mental health resources in Portland, OR.

My anxiety has flared up recently, to the point where I am reluctant to leave my house unless absolutely necessary. This weekend, I checked myself into urgent care after having five panic attacks in 12 hours. The health care providers there were less than helpful, and I feel like I've hit a wall in terms of figuring out how to get the help that I need. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 16, 2014 - 12 answers

Desperate times, desperate measures.

Dangerously close to a quarter of a century old and I've really never really had an actual IRL, sit down and work job. Please help me, MetaFilter? [more inside]
posted by Trexsock on Sep 15, 2014 - 5 answers

Should I start with a therapist or a psychiatrist for my anxiety?

I've had anxiety issues for years that are variable, but getting worse, and I'm having trouble coping. Should I make an appointment with a psychiatrist and try meds first, or start with therapy and add meds if necessary? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 15, 2014 - 15 answers

Need a good gay friendly therapist in Seattle

I've been struggling with depression and anxiety for years, and I'm tired of trying to struggle through it on my own. I've decided I need to get help, but I have no idea where to start. I'm gay and in Seattle. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 15, 2014 - 6 answers

Relationship plagued by fear/anxiety or is it just bad fit?

How is it possible to feel anxious and questioning most of the time, but also feel genuine moments of excitement to see him and genuine calm/happiness to be in his presence? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 9, 2014 - 29 answers

Anxiety vs. Head Trauma vs. "Something Else"

It's been 2 years since a minor head trauma (book fell on head, no concussion). My partner occasionally complains of headaches and/or dizziness. When she has talked to doctors about this she is either told to lose weight or given an anti-anxiety pill. How do I help my partner find and communicate with a primary care Dr. who will not be dismissive of her symptoms? [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature on Sep 8, 2014 - 27 answers

Help me survive my thesis defense

Hi, AskMe. A bit more than a year after this miserable question and this happier update, I am finally defending my MA on Wednesday. While my confidence is nowhere near as shot as it was when I first asked that question, I feel like my grasp of the subject I have dedicated the last several years to is nowhere near as comprehensive as it should be. Please help me get through this without crying. [more inside]
posted by avocet on Sep 8, 2014 - 16 answers

How to get over insecurities?

My anxieties and insecurities are messing with my relationship. How can I overcome them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 7, 2014 - 8 answers

Saving Throw Against Depression

Inadvertently/accidentally more-or-less kicked out of gaming group. How to deal with it? [more inside]
posted by BecauseIHadFiveDollars on Sep 5, 2014 - 22 answers

Coping with anxiety?

I have a number of psychiatric diagnoses, mostly involving panic and anxiety, but also throwing in depression, OCD, and (perhaps) conversion disorder. Everything's acting up right now. Appointment with a psychiatrist isn't until late October. How do I cope until then? [more inside]
posted by The Almighty Mommy Goddess on Sep 5, 2014 - 18 answers

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