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How can I navigate a very challenging living situation?

My parents are controlling, manipulative, and verbally abusive, but I cannot afford to leave. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by summertimesadness1988 on Apr 17, 2015 - 30 answers

"You can't handle the truth!" But I need to learn how to...

Last week, my partner admitted that he's been not just hiding things, but outright lying to me. The revelations hurt, but I need honesty if we're to stay together. How do I make it safe for my partner to tell me the truth when it's repeatedly been so startling and upsetting? Difficulty level: partner is dealing with Major Depression, and has been near-suicidal. [more inside]
posted by Someone Else's Story on Apr 17, 2015 - 45 answers

Books to explain depression?

I want my family and friends to better understand what I'm going through when I'm depressed and/or anxious. Are there good books (fiction or nonfiction) that explain what being clinically depressed is like? [more inside]
posted by Political Funny Man on Apr 10, 2015 - 16 answers

Please help give me hope that downward spirals sometimes end.

I have a situation with a sibling who has been in trouble with mental health issues and general life stagnation for the past several years, and this year things have taken an ominous turn. Have you ever had a close friend or family member get into a really low functioning state/suffer from treatment resistant depression for a similarly long period of time and emerge from it successfully? If so, was there any particular trigger or thing that helped, or was it basically that they just decided not to live like that anymore? Can you give me anecdotes that might help me have hope for the future? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 9, 2015 - 16 answers

Brother committed suicide. Shocked and confused. What now?

My brother killed himself yesterday. I just found out today. While I'm not surprised he would do it based on a complicated and messed up history, I am still in shock. Please help me process my feelings. [more inside]
posted by Ephelump Jockey on Apr 8, 2015 - 24 answers

How to make a career decision when I'm 32 and depressed?

I'm 32 years old and recently began suffering from depression. I'm getting help but feel stuck in my job and overwhelmed by life and indecision. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by modoriculous on Apr 6, 2015 - 12 answers

Telling Parents About Depression

I was interviewed for a national podcast and spoke frankly about my depression and my occasional suicidal thoughts. It airs in six weeks. I've not told my family about my depression. I want to tell them before the podcast airs. How do I do that? [more inside]
posted by Joey Michaels on Apr 5, 2015 - 5 answers

My colleague has disappeared

My colleague and somewhat friend has not come into work for three days and doesn't answer her phone or doorbell. I am starting to worry and don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood on Apr 1, 2015 - 47 answers

My mom is lonely and alone. Can I offer healthy support with boundaries?

I recently posted my current situation here. I'm still struggling with a longstanding issue: My mom's undiagnosed (notwithstanding a brief stint on anti-depressants 15 years ago following her divorce) possible depression. About once or twice a year I find myself with her while she sobs uncontrollably and talks about how lonely and alone she feels as she ages. These are all valid feelings and fears, but everytime I bring up seeing a counsellor to help her get her life back on track, giver her tools to cope, filter out the negative energy in her life (such as her codependent relationship with her 29 y/o son), she refuses to admit there is a problem. [more inside]
posted by stumblingthroughitall on Mar 31, 2015 - 12 answers

Recommendation for NYC-area psychiatrist that takes Fidelis Medicaid?

Seeking recommendation for board-certified psychiatrist in western Long Island, Brooklyn, or NYC. [more inside]
posted by apartment dweller on Mar 29, 2015 - 1 answer

It's not that I mind having more friends, but...

It seems that whenever I meet a woman I really like and think I have a connection with, she can only view me as a friend. I'm generally okay with this, because their great qualities as people is what attracted me to them in the first place, and those don't change just because she's not interested in me. But when it happens over and over and over again, it does make me wonder whether there's something I'm doing wrong. Why is it I'm consistently viewed as good friend material, but not good lover material? [more inside]
posted by KantGoOn on Mar 27, 2015 - 84 answers

I'm not sad. I just can't. Do. Anything.

I'm so frustrated. I've been depressed for years. Used to have all the classic signs, now I remain with just one big one: I've always complained about being chronically fatigued, and maybe there's some truth to that, but I'm almost never sleepy. I just can't bring myself to do anything that requires any effort whatsoever. The ONLY thing that helps get me over the hump of what really and truly feels like a paralysis is massive amounts of caffeine. What is this and how do I regain functionality before I end up stroking out at 30? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 24, 2015 - 23 answers

sleeeeeeep, at rotating times

How can I acclimate myself to a rotating sleep schedule without getting sad/breaking out/other less than ideal things? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Mar 23, 2015 - 9 answers

"Exercise, eat right, and all your problems will be solved," they said!

I have bad PMS or PMDD symptoms lasting two weeks out of every month. Hormonal birth helps a lot, but also causes frequent migraine headaches. Where do I go from here? [more inside]
posted by theraflu on Mar 16, 2015 - 11 answers

Interventions and helping my best friend

My best friend, who historically suffers from depression, is spiraling out of control. We live together. We just moved out to Portland together. I need advice on interventions - I think he needs to see a psychologist, (or a psychiatrist?) but I have no idea how to tell him that. [more inside]
posted by special agent conrad uno on Mar 15, 2015 - 19 answers

I think I internalized my parents' neglect. Now what?

I recently realized that my parents were inattentive to my needs as a child and teenager to a much greater degree than is usual or reasonable, and that my own longstanding patterns of passivity and self-neglect may be due to this. What do I do about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 13, 2015 - 22 answers

Anxiety and Memory Loss? Foods that help memory loss for vegans?

I seem to have acute anxiety lately, which is causing a cognition deficit for me. My memory is quite poor and lax these days - I'm not certain if it is due to my vegan diet, or my ongoing intensive anxiety? Are there any tips on how to improve my memory and stabilize my anxiety? [more inside]
posted by RearWindow on Mar 10, 2015 - 17 answers

Help me understand why I'm afraid of creative pursuits

In my heart, I love literature, I love art, I love music...but I think my emotions are sabotaging me from enjoying them? [more inside]
posted by Cybria on Mar 9, 2015 - 8 answers

CBT in Istanbul?

I have a friend in Istanbul who is depressed. Do therapists do cognitive-behavioral therapy there? If so, can you recommend someone? Any other therapist recommendations would be appreciated as well, but CBT is preferred.
posted by quiet coyote on Mar 7, 2015 - 2 answers

How to handle extended illness when your company has no leave policy?

I wrote this question at the beginning of February about how bad my mental health had gotten. Since then, I went to the ER and was voluntarily hospitalized in an inpatient psych unit for a week - I just got out on Wednesday. Since then I've been in a partial hospitalization program, which may go on for another 2-4 weeks. My office has told me that they want me to do everything I need to do to take care of myself and get better, but the official policies are not backing that up. How do I manage my time off? [more inside]
posted by Neely O'Hara on Mar 3, 2015 - 9 answers

Is software development a good job for someone with depression?

My job is most likely making my depression worse. Is software development a viable alternative, or am I going to run into the same issues there? (Details inside) [more inside]
posted by anaximander on Mar 2, 2015 - 10 answers

I am feeling stuck in a serious rut. How to reboot?

In my mid-20s, going nowhere, full of shame. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 26, 2015 - 18 answers

How can I survive a miserable and unfulfilling job?

I am stuck in a terrible job, with patronizing and rude coworkers and bosses, challenging responsibilities, and low compensation. It's making me sick, turning me into an alcoholic and an insomniac, but I'm afraid to leave because of financial burdens. What can I do? Where can I draw the line between financial responsibility and my own well-being? [more inside]
posted by summertimesadness1988 on Feb 25, 2015 - 13 answers

How to stop this downward spiral?

I am sick of feeling miserable. [more inside]
posted by jenh526 on Feb 24, 2015 - 24 answers

Severe depression and self-doubt about intelligence and people?

I have been experiencing terrible bouts of depression and anxiety for the past four months or so now. I also have turbulent mood swings, ranging from being content in the morning, and scornfully miserable in the afternoon. I'm not certain what is causing all of this. I'm not an emotionally stable person; always unhappy and anxious. I have lost all desire to fulfill my hobbies, which includes: writing, reading, watching documentaries, deep conversations, watching old films, debating, poetry, social activism, and learning knowledge in general. I do not think I'm intellectual or socially exciting enough, therefore I have abandoned all of my hobbies. [more inside]
posted by RearWindow on Feb 23, 2015 - 14 answers

Would a SAD light box help my medication resistant depression?

Would a SAD light box help my medication resistant depression? (details within) [more inside]
posted by bluecore on Feb 17, 2015 - 15 answers

Should I give up the medical school dream?

This is a long one, I hope you’ll bear with me… [more inside]
posted by KTN on Feb 14, 2015 - 23 answers

stuck in molasses

i'm not even sad, but i can't get moving. help me get out of bed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 14, 2015 - 7 answers

midlife crisis? minor Major Depression? bad habits?

I have been struggling with lethargy, lack of interest, procrastination, and some sadness after not-so-recent transitions in my life and would like help with diagnosis and suggestions for next steps. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 14, 2015 - 14 answers

How do I get myself out of this rut?

I’m in a rut. I focus so hard on what I dislike about myself and my situation that I can’t motivate myself to get out of it. How do I stop dwelling on these things? How do I start? Lots of self-centered complaints inside. [more inside]
posted by The Man Who Wore the Sock on Feb 13, 2015 - 23 answers

Has anyone cured lifelong Depression, Anxiety and OCD?

I am a 36 year old male. I have had OCD, Depression and Anxiety as far back as I can remember. I have done everything that I can to treat it - multiple medications, multiple therapists and a slew of naturopathic treatments Is there any hope for me? [more inside]
posted by kbbbo on Feb 8, 2015 - 16 answers

Can mental health issues be serious even if you're not suicidal?

This question in September was me, and months later I am still really struggling, even after a medication change. My quality of life is definitely being impacted, but I just cannot get past the thought that since I'm not suicidal, I'm not psychotic, I've never been hospitalized, I have a job, I maintain a home and hygiene, I have great relationships - all of this means that my mental illness must be pretty minor, all things considered. [more inside]
posted by Neely O'Hara on Feb 1, 2015 - 27 answers

Should I use my real name to write about sex and Asperger's Syndrome?

I've been writing for a year and a half. I'm proud of my work, which is pretty obscure so far but some people like it and I'd like to try to go somewhere with it. (I'm in my late twenties if that makes a difference.) I just got published in an erotic anthology that's kind of a big deal. I also write essays for a high-traffic website. I think I'd have a wider audience if I used my real name. But I'm worried about discrimination because it's pretty sensitive material. [more inside]
posted by tuberose on Feb 1, 2015 - 15 answers

Everything reminds me of my shortcomings.

I've posted plenty about struggles with bipolar/anxiety/ptsd. This post definitely relates to those issues, but I am NOT seeking treatment advice here, as I've got that covered. Really, I just want help coping with some current symptoms (reframing things or new ways to just do things anyway) and hopefully figuring out how to at least do some of the things I ostensibly enjoy. More below the cut. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Jan 31, 2015 - 3 answers

Thoughts become things...sometimes.

I've been depressed and lazy and consistently exhausted for the better part of a decade now. A good, productive day is rare, even on meds. Imagine my surprise then, when a few days ago I managed to clean my perenially disorganized and chaotic room with the speed and efficiency of a Tasmanian devil. None of the things that would normally keep me sitting on my ass- my problem with throwing things away, my ADD, my perception of the task at hand as being overwhelming- seemed to be able to stop me, even when things got repetitive/boring. think I understand why this happened, but how can I apply this to everything else in my life that's become so neglected? Snowstorm under the cut. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Jan 27, 2015 - 8 answers

Tips for sanity after moving, sans support group?

I've been feeling like no one would notice if I dropped off the face of the planet. My parents live a town away and they weren't part of my life when I was living with them. Can you give me suggestions for making it through this year? [more inside]
posted by city_park on Jan 25, 2015 - 14 answers

Where do I start to sort out my life?

I'm completely lost. I have always suffered from depressive episodes (never discussed it with anyone) and now things have come to a head. I am in my early thirties. I don't know how to carry on. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 22, 2015 - 15 answers

Is my Adderall treating my ADHD?

My Adderall prescription works great for me. But increasingly, it feels like its functional effect on me is less about attention and focus, and more about depressive/anxious tendencies I have. Is this a problem? Does anyone have experience around this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 20, 2015 - 13 answers

How to survive PhD viva with inadequate thesis?

I submitted an embarrassingly weak PhD thesis, elements of which I don't feel able to defend, and am expecting to be told to revise and resubmit. My viva is in three weeks time. How do I prepare for this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 15, 2015 - 13 answers

Help me make a bad situation not worse

I'm looking for resources about speaking to my father and dealing with my family in light of his recent mental health issues. [more inside]
posted by FakePalindrome on Jan 15, 2015 - 9 answers

Zoloft: does it get worse before it gets better?

Zoloft: does it get worse before it gets better? YANMD. [more inside]
posted by joeyjoejoejr on Jan 14, 2015 - 14 answers

Actionable, practical strategies to get out of a prolonged depression.

I've tried meds and therapy (separately and combined), and nothing is working. I've gone through a divorce and a relocation in a new city at the age of 43 and am having incredible difficulty making new friends and restarting my career. I'm beginning to lose hope that I'll ever get out of this spiral. [more inside]
posted by wensink on Jan 13, 2015 - 19 answers

We Need Words of Encouragement

On anxiety and medication for the modern man. [more inside]
posted by polly_dactyl on Jan 13, 2015 - 17 answers

I'm not disabled. I just occasionally feel incapacitated by sadness.

Is there any possible benefit to indicate that I have a disability when applying for jobs when my disability is major depression? [more inside]
posted by kat518 on Jan 10, 2015 - 28 answers

apartment doesn't allow pets, need one for depression

I've struggled with depression for a long time -- I'm officially diagnosed and medicated for it. Having a cat has helped in the past, but last year I had to move into an apartment that doesn't allow pets. What are my options? Do I have any legal ground to stand on when asking for a waiver since it's due to depression? What if I get a doctor's note? I live in Massachusetts. Thank you for the help.
posted by Ain on Jan 10, 2015 - 16 answers

Shiny things! Eh, they're just things.

All my life, I've had a cursory fascination with pretty much everything: from neuroscience and biology, to poetry, history to politics to cooking, writing, architecture, art, aviation and photography. You name it, it's piqued my interest. For all of thirty seconds (exaggerating, but only a little). It's occurred to me that one of the reasons I can't start on a career is because nothing... and I do mean nothing... has ever compelled me to study it beyond a very superficial, Reader's Digest-y type level It's especially apparent when I'm around my very intellectual, very well-read, well-rounded friends. They can talk for hours about most anything, and I can only put on airs using the little I know to only just pass for competent. They read and wonder about things. I might watch half an hour of a basic cable documentary on something and then flip channels. I'm 25. This doesn't seem to be going anywhere? What do I do? [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Jan 8, 2015 - 33 answers

Staying patient and compassionate with a depressed husband

How can I try to obtain and maintain a sense of caring and compassion for my husband during his depression, when the effects on me are starting to create major resentment? For the second time in the past 12 months, he has fallen into a place of depression and anxiety, resulting in having a short temper, very low energy, mentally checking out, little interest in my life, no sex, and very little empathy. The first time it lasted about 3-4 months. This time, it has been about three months and counting. That is more than half the year. It is exhausting and I am losing hope. I am female and we are both in our late 30s. We have been close friends over 10 years, but not romantically involved that entire time. I recall him having some slight down times back when we first met, but he always seemed to bounce back very easily. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 6, 2015 - 44 answers

Best help for my depressed husband who can't quit his soul-crushing job?

With no hesitation I would tell him to leave this job, but he is the primary breadwinner, and without his income our lives will fall apart almost instantly. I'm taking classes so I can get a better-paying job, but that will months and months from now. [more inside]
posted by possumbrie on Jan 6, 2015 - 28 answers

How can I forgive myself for wasting so much time?

I basically spent the past nine years of my life skimming forum posts and otherwise wasting my time on the Internet. How can I get past this and stop hating myself? [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Jan 3, 2015 - 31 answers

Kung Fu Sad Panda

Why would a martial arts school need to know what antidepressants a student is taking? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 1, 2015 - 11 answers

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