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How has sleep apnea affected you cognitively or emotionally?

My partner was diagnosed with sleep apnea 18 months ago. He became somewhat emotionally unstable around the same time. It's time to put my foot down and insist that he seek treatment for the apnea. I'm wondering whether I need to ask him to seek separate treatment for the emotional issues--which would be an extremely hard sell--or whether those are likely to improve if the apnea is treated. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 21, 2016 - 16 answers

How can I support my girlfriend as she begins therapy?

She's never been and she wants to tackle a lot of deep issues. [more inside]
posted by morning_television on Oct 17, 2016 - 11 answers

Dealing with mental health issues as a nomad

I lead, and love leading, a pretty nomadic lifestyle. I do seasonal, travel based work interspersed with backpacking around the world. I am told constantly I lead a dream lifestyle. I love it, and am proud of what I have created. However, it's also becoming clear to me that something is not ok with my current mental health situation (more details below). My lifestyle is 1) interfering with my ability to get help and 2) possibly aggravating it. How can I keep the life I love and still get help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 17, 2016 - 20 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

    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

    Losing like a champ, who is in fact actually losing

    Hi, I just switched fields / areas of study and I'm getting used to not getting by on my fancy words and good looks anymore. Please help me not hate myself? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Oct 6, 2016 - 18 answers

    Tips for Keeping a Jaundiced Eye on Encroaching Depression?

    I have a history of depression but am fine for long stretches. How do I manage the swamping of depression that still happens from time to time? [more inside]
    posted by Ink-stained wretch on Sep 28, 2016 - 9 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

    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

    What can I do and can't I do about climate change?

    Ever since the XKCD post on global climate change, I've had a chicken-little sky-is-falling mindset that has influenced just about every realm of my life. What's the point of saving for retirement if the earth melts? How can I work for a corporation that produces goods at an industrial scale? Which bag of quinoa is better for the environment? Paper or plastic? Please help me get past this paralysis and back to life. [more inside]
    posted by rebent on Sep 18, 2016 - 33 answers

    What could these symptoms mean?

    Asking for a friend who will see their primary and a specialist - what are some possible explanations for these symptoms? Friend would like to have some questions to ask their primary. [more inside]
    posted by Frowner on Sep 15, 2016 - 17 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 - 13 answers

    Depression doctor: How make a wise & informed choice?

    I’m open to the main treatment approaches, and grateful for any high-level or more detailed answers. tl;dr: If you were speed-dating psychiatrists, and planned to enter treatment with one, what key questions would you ask of all? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Sep 13, 2016 - 3 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

    How did you spend your day?

    I'm trying to break out of a rough period, but I'm not exactly sure what I'm supposed to be breaking into. Would anyone be interested in just giving me an honest, minute to minute run down of a day in their life- a work day, a free day, any day, any age, any stage? [more inside]
    posted by weewooweewoo on Sep 4, 2016 - 65 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

    Psychiatrist in Victoria or Vancouver, BC

    Our son in Victoria, BC, is finally ready to talk to a psychiatrist instead of pursuing "alternative" approaches to his mental health. Does anybody know someone in the area who is good with depression, anger and possible bipolar issues?
    posted by anonymous on Aug 30, 2016 - 5 answers

    Helping adult family with mental health

    Interested in hearing from 1) adults who have suffered from mental health issues for most/major part of their lives (depression/schizophrenia in particular) and were persuaded* by family to seek help (aka go to a psychiatrist). 2) family of the adult who was suffering from mental health issues and recognised that something was off/not quite right/blatantly bizarre/had classic symptoms of mental health issues (isolation, hygiene, job loss, distorted thinking and more). Additional twist- the adult in question can't stand immediate family and is convinced they are "toxic". [more inside]
    posted by xm 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

    Husband agreed to attend marriage therapy with me. Now what?

    After three years of a stress in our relationship, my husband has lately been open to marriage counseling. He isn't all for it, but is willing. The thing is that I feel like I've been walking on eggshells for so long around him, I'm not sure how to even begin talking about things in this situation. [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Aug 26, 2016 - 9 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 - 40 answers

    I'm still broken. What can I do?

    A few years ago I asked a question about my completely destroyed life and the advice on the green was to attend to my physical problems first. Unfortunately that has not gone well. My brain is more broken than ever. I'm not sure what to do next. [more inside]
    posted by xyzzy on Aug 22, 2016 - 22 answers

    How to Fix a Broken Life?

    My life lately has been pretty awful. I'm trying to fix it, but it's hard to focus on the good a lot of the time. Snowstorm under the fold. [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Aug 19, 2016 - 7 answers

    The 33 Year Old (quasi) Virgin

    I started out as Emma. But I've turned into Miss Bates. [more inside]
    posted by ChickenBear on Aug 19, 2016 - 22 answers

    How do I tell my friends I'm depressed?

    Kinda out of nowhere, over the past few weeks, I've been feeling the onset of depression (extreme negative self talk, crying myself to sleep, the whole shebang). I'm single, and live by myself. I'm going to need the support of my friends while I work my way out of this. To have that support, I have to tell them what's going on, and I need to figure out what kind of support to ask them for. [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Aug 17, 2016 - 9 answers

    mental health potpourri

    I have some low-level mental and behavioral health-esque issues that I'm not sure how to address, including hair pulling, food hoarding, and generally not being good at assessing/meeting my needs. [more inside]
    posted by fernweh on Aug 10, 2016 - 7 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

    Getting Through the Shitty Marriage Times

    People with long, reasonably rewarding relationships: how do you get through the times your partner is a bummer? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Aug 6, 2016 - 49 answers

    How do I plan my life after depression?

    I had a bad depressive episode some years ago, which got me into treatment. In retrospect, I feel that I have been depressed many times before in my life and that this untreated depression explains my low ability to function from, say, the ages of 19-22 and 25-30. I now feel more capable than before, but also overwhelmed by all there is to learn. What should I prioritise, and how to organise my life so that I can learn these things gradually and safely without becoming overwhelmed or attacking myself for not having learned them before? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Aug 5, 2016 - 7 answers

    Trapped in my relationship, but its proving very difficult to end

    I am in a tight spot. I know the relationship must end and have been honest about that with her, but I’m having a hard time figuring out practically what to do after this, as her reaction to my attempts to break up have been volatile. Ultimately I would like us to split and to live together long enough for her to find somewhere else to live, but from her behaviour so far, I am concerned that she is not stable enough to carry through with that plan. But I am desperate to avoid the alternatives - either escalating things to the point her family or even police are involved, which would obviously traumatise her, or with me just leaving the house with no future contact, which I feel could lead to serious depression as she has deep fears of abandonment. The latter option is also difficult as it is my parent’s home. What’s most frustrating is that, depending on her mood, she herself can see that we are not suited and need to move on. What do I do? [more inside]
    posted by Troubled Man on Aug 4, 2016 - 25 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 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 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

    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

    How do two depressed, stressed people have a sustainable relationship?

    My partner and I both struggle with mental illness in different ways. We have been dating for a year and a half and do pretty well together but sometimes we aren't able to be there for each other or hold back out of fear of burdening the other. How do you practice self care and be a good partner in this kind of an arrangement? How do you confront a partner about habits and actions that might result from their depression, while being cognizant that they are struggling? What's a reasonable expectation for emotional support in a relationship? [more inside]
    posted by mmmleaf on Jul 18, 2016 - 4 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

    can it be over now

    How did it take you to fully recover from a significant betrayal by someone(s) you trusted? [more inside]
    posted by a strong female character on Jul 13, 2016 - 61 answers

    Should I change therapists? Do you know a good one in Portland, OR?

    Is therapy burnout a thing? I think I has it, but I don't know if the problem is me (uncomfortable, withholding, sometimes worried that a lifetime of therapy has made me immune to it) or my therapist (lovely but non-challenging; it feels like we're treading water.) I'd like to talk to someone super-smart who can shake up my previous notion of sit-and-talk-and-nothing-changes therapy. Can you recommend a counselor in the Portland area (or, alternately, tell me if I'm approaching this the wrong way)? Much snowflake below. [more inside]
    posted by adastra on Jul 4, 2016 - 16 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

    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

    Why is depression so seductive?

    When I feel depression creeping on, there's almost always this voice in my head that tries to convince me not to do the things that I know will make me feel good (like go out with friends or exercise). Except that the voice doesn't feel at all external - it feels like me all the way down. Except that it wants me to feel worse, even when I know there are things that will make me feel better. Why is this? Is there a name for this experience? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Jun 28, 2016 - 24 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

    Told my boss I'm depressed, what now?

    Since December I have been struggling with depression (and increasing anxiety). I told my boss today and now I'm freaking out and don't know what to do. [more inside]
    posted by Dwardles on Jun 14, 2016 - 17 answers

    How to get help for brother who seems depressed?

    My brother seems depressed - how do I suggest he get help? [more inside]
    posted by thelivingsea on Jun 12, 2016 - 5 answers

    Exercise @ Gym for Severe Depression & Brain Shift

    I am looking for input or even some plans that might help me keep on track and ultimately get my brain and body in better shape. My main goal is the brain shift and habit and then if I lose weight that is awesome. [more inside]
    posted by chicaboom on Jun 8, 2016 - 14 answers

    Manning up isn't going that hot.

    I'm a transmasculine transgender person, who was assigned female at birth. I got my first shot (50 ml?) 10 days ago in the Endocrinologist's office, on a Friday. I'm scheduled to take shots every two weeks. If I get no more shots, how long will the testosterone currently last in my body, and when will my hormones balance out again? [more inside]
    posted by spinifex23 on Jun 6, 2016 - 10 answers

    Can I fix my depression to save my relationship?

    I'm 26 years old, my fiance is 27. I'm not sure how much information to give, I don't want to post a wall of text. I'm mainly posting this question to hear about other people's experiences, good and bad, with working on their depression while being in a relationship. [more inside]
    posted by Leaves22 on Jun 5, 2016 - 25 answers

    Surviving pain, physical and psychological

    I'm in a shitty life situation I have no control over and cannot escape. I am also dealing with the flare up (obviously stress related) of a chronic illness. I wake up crying from stress, can barely keep food down, and shuffle through each day trying to get to go back to bed and be unconscious for a while. I don't know how to cope with this pain. [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Jun 1, 2016 - 12 answers

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