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I feel broken. How do I pick myself up and find happiness?

I'm a 24-year-old gay man. I have recently gone through a bitter break up with whom the other half is a work colleague, and I have started seeing a cognitive-behavioural therapist who has diagnosed me with severe social anxiety disorder. My life has gotten on top of me and my self-esteem has been shattered. How can I pick up the pieces? What steps can I take to find the happiness that I know I deserve? [more inside]
posted by Lewnatic on Dec 8, 2016 - 11 answers

30 is right around the corner and I’ve never felt more lost.

I wake up and live every day like a zombie – miserable at work and then I go home, go to the gym, eat crappy takeout and go to sleep. It just all feels so pointless, like I’m slowly wasting away and not living the full life I’m supposed to live. I want friends, love, a family, and a job or hobby to live for. But I almost feel paralyzed – if I have no interests and don’t want to be around anyone, how do I get my life started? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by koolaidnovel on Dec 6, 2016 - 25 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

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

I'm depressed & I don't know what to do about it

I’m depressed and overwhelmed by self-doubt, and it’s worse than it’s ever been. I haven’t been depressed since my early twenties. Now, mid-thirties, it’s so all-consuming and long-lasting that it’s interfering with basic life responsibilities. I’ve barely had any interactions with formal mental health systems (though I’ve seen therapists several times in my life), and I don’t know what my next steps should/could be. I'm mostly looking for someone to explain potential treatment trajectories. (But of course I've written a wall of text inside to explain/justify myself nonetheless, and any other relevant advice is very, very welcome.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 25, 2016 - 28 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 do I take care of myself when my whole world no longer makes sense?

Last night I had a couple of things happen with people I considered friends that are making me feel unhinged. This, in tandem with my despair over the election results and my apparent social isolation are leading me down the road to a depressive episode. My therapist is on vacation. Please help me figure out if I am overreacting and/or how to get some perspective and move forward. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 20, 2016 - 16 answers

What should I study to help reduce suicide and depression in this world?

My home country of South Korea is suffering from #1 suicide rate in the entire world. It's happening mostly to young people in their 10s, 20s, and 30s who are severely affected by modern-day capitalism. Many attribute it to the culture that is ridden with status anxiety, comparison to others, severe competition and appearance-obsession, and I only see it getting worse. I would like to start studying an academic field that will help me make an impact in this area. Can anybody point me in the right direction for the best field of study so that I can start making myself into somebody who can make an impact in this area? (I'm guessing it's related to Psychology) [more inside]
posted by burea1124 on Nov 17, 2016 - 19 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

How to navigate a tricky friendship?

Friendship can be hard sometimes, but even more complicated when both people suffer from different mental health illnesses. How do you work it out or get out of the relationship if that is the best answer? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by maxg94 on Nov 15, 2016 - 5 answers

How to deal with split feelings on the Trump win inside your home?

My spouse did not vote for Trump, but he is a leftist who has a lot of frustrations with "liberals" and is...not as sympathetic as he could be. Even though he knows I fought Trump, he doesn't understand why I am so deeply affected and it is really affecting my stress levels. Please help! [more inside]
posted by corb on Nov 12, 2016 - 45 answers

Alternative morning tea without caffeine or tea

I've been drinking herbal tea (without green or black tea) for a while, and recently have been adding Chaga and Lion's Mane mushroom powder to my base herbal tea. It may be my perception, but I seem to be getting a nice brain state from this combination. What are some other teas I could be drinking in the morning that will make my brain happy and energized, yet don't contain traditional (black or green) tea or caffeine? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Nov 10, 2016 - 14 answers

Numb after depression - cause, name for it?

Can long-term depression cause numbness? Is there a word for this? [more inside]
posted by maiamaia on Nov 6, 2016 - 15 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

Seeking: Boston-area psychiatric care; a treatment plan; hope

I have a pile of treatment-resistant psychiatric symptoms, a long list of possible diagnoses given to me by different doctors over the years (including various mood disorders, ADHD, autism, and borderline personality disorder), and nearly a decade's worth of history with different psychiatrists trying different med combos with limited success. I want a knowledgeable professional who is a good diagnostician and listens well to help me dig through this shit and work out a treatment plan that makes sense. Can you recommend someone like that in the Boston area? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone on Nov 2, 2016 - 10 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

Parenting a toddler - when he cries, I cry

My son is a happy, loving, smart and funny almost-three-year-old and I love him tremendously. But sometimes he's crabby, or tired, or just generally unhappy, and when that happens I feel like it's my fault, like I'm a bad parent or maybe a failure as a human being. How do I stop feeling so terrible every time he cries? [more inside]
posted by beandip on Oct 24, 2016 - 28 answers

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 - 17 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 - 10 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 - 18 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

    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

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