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Blowback after expressing concerns of co-worker's suicide risk

A friend from work (Rachel) disclosed to one of her close friends (Monica) that someone on her team (Phoebe) had expressed suicidal ideation that was becoming seriously concerning. Monica works at another location, so Rachel talked with Monica in order to get advice on how to report her concern while remaining anonymous, avoiding blowback, and keeping the trust of her team-mate. Instead, Monica immediately reported her concern to the regional manger, Phoebe was immediately suspended and told Rachel reported her. Blowback has ensued. How does my friend deal with this perceived lack of professionalism? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 25, 2016 - 13 answers

St. John's wort recommendations, please?

In the past, I've had excellent results with Kira-brand St. John's wort for mild depression. It appears to have been discontinued since I last used it. Can anyone recommend a high quality replacement, hopefully one that undergoes a reputable third-party assay for active ingredients? I'm in the US. [more inside]
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear on May 24, 2016 - 4 answers

How to be a partner to a person with cancer?

I don't know what I can do to help my partner come to terms with his illness. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 22, 2016 - 13 answers

Severe depression and job search

Feeling serious despair. I left a toxic work environment, yet not in the smartest way and that was a year ago. I've done some PT work before moving to another state. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 21, 2016 - 13 answers

Low Libido... Nooooooooo

I’m a 35-yr-old cis woman married to a wonderful man. I’m attracted to him in every way, and we’ve been together for 10 years. This is the first time I’ve needed to reach out for this problem… [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 21, 2016 - 18 answers

Being my...self? Or, hanging a wet blanket out to dry.

After years of isolation and with no clear sense of self, how do I start and maintain real, substantive relationships, both romantic and platonic? I've tried Meetups, wine and art nights, etc. Help me avoid becoming a hermit. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on May 16, 2016 - 23 answers

Summer blues

I hate being home from school so much that I have spiraled back into depression and panic attacks. Help! [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on May 16, 2016 - 11 answers

How to fill time during depression

My question is depression-related, but I am *NOT* looking for advice about getting out of it (like meds/therapy/exercise). I simply do not know what to do with my time aside from lie in bed and occasionally attempt my usual favorite activities (art and writing). Again, I am not looking for health tips as I have those angles covered. More inside. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on May 16, 2016 - 30 answers

Bipolar Triggers - Person to Person

I've been diagnosed bipolar for around 15 years now. I've been relatively stable on medication for the last 5 or so years, I deal with some depressive episodes but I haven't gone into a hypo-manic or mixed state in quite a while, but upon visiting a college friend dealing with Bipolar/Schizoaffective recently I found myself losing my mind in a mix of hypomanic glory and mixed state despair. Do you trigger off of other people? More details past the break. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 16, 2016 - 6 answers

Does making melancholy art make you sadder?

I put away my pencils, paints, and Wacom tablet a couple years ago due to intense depression. The work wasn't going well and I had nothing to say. I'm still intensely depressed and I still have nothing to say, but I decided to waste a few hours with some portrait sketches yesterday. But everything I make wants to be sad, and I'm not sure that sadness art is good for me. [more inside]
posted by xyzzy on May 10, 2016 - 26 answers

How do I find a good group home/sober house in the Phoenix area?

I'm trying to find a group home/sober house for my 31 year old brother. See inside for more details. [more inside]
posted by speedoavenger on May 10, 2016 - 5 answers

How to handle insane financial/school situation

I go to a good school on a merit scholarship, but I'm massively in debt because of past mistakes and everything depends on my doing well now. I'm fighting mental health problems, and if my GPA gets below 3.5, I stand to lose everything. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 9, 2016 - 15 answers

Help me help my mother

My father died about 6 months ago. Mom's been trying to carry on as best she can, but she's having a hard time and isn't really open to some of the traditional responses. [more inside]
posted by jackbishop on May 8, 2016 - 17 answers

Tears are Words that Need to be Written

There are things that make me sad, and things that make me sad about being sad. For example, some things don't really merit a lot of sadness (especially when it is ill-informed or useless), but consistently and sincerely break my heart all the same... [more inside]
posted by Dressed to Kill on May 6, 2016 - 17 answers

Mindfulness that doesn't make me want to crawl out of my skin?

I want to be more mindful, in the sense of the general "Mindfulness" ethos. But meditation drives me out of my gourd. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar on May 2, 2016 - 36 answers

How long should I stay with an ailing parent, if I'm deeply depressed?

...Jeez, even typing that sounds bad. My mother has been given 2-3 weeks to live, based on a diagnosis of Acute Leukemia. She's also got a compromised immune system, due to a liver transplant over 20 years ago. I flew out immediately when she was given the diagnosis, and it is now going in to our 3rd week. She's a fighter, and I knew that. But I'm a continent and several time zones away from my life and my job and so very depressed. She's still going strong - - tired, but strong. And I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 1, 2016 - 23 answers

Any experience with progesterone cream?

Suffering from long-time depression and now more frequently, anxiety. I am a 48 year old female possibly going through perimenopause. OB recommended Zoloft in addition to a topical versabase progesterone cream. Some concerns because the majority of what I'm reading online (yeah, I know : / is really kind of frightening! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 30, 2016 - 7 answers

How do I get through the next 4 months in a dysfunctional workplace

I'm looking at exiting my job (in a HIGHLY dysfunctional, but famous, organization) after a big event in 4 months that its important for me to see through. Help me figure out how to get through it, with many snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by socktastic on Apr 29, 2016 - 9 answers

Help me find a therapist in NYC before I cry myself into oblivion.

I need to see a therapist but I have NO idea how to find one. I live in Brooklyn and would go anywhere in Queens/Brooklyn/Manhattan (but mid/down town and northeast Brooklyn would be best.) I would prefer to see a woman, maybe someone who specializes in emotionally abusive relationships. I have Oxford insurance but I dont know if that even covers therapy. I could pay up to $100 a session out of pocket, I guess. I need to see someone as soon as possible. [more inside]
posted by Everythingsalrighteverythingsfine on Apr 28, 2016 - 13 answers

What is like MetaFilter, but not brutally depressing?

MetaFilter is one of my main inputs. I get a lot of news and thinking about the world here. The problem is that it can make me feel terrible about everything, which is already kind of my baseline. Friends and family often express concern when I have been reading MeFi a lot. I am curious what sites you read that have similar properties, but are not as heavy and challenging, so that I can balance my consumption of MetaFilter and MetaFilter-like things. [more inside]
posted by brennen on Apr 27, 2016 - 25 answers

When are the robots going to take my job?

So it occurs to me that my entire household is supported by two jobs vulnerable to automation. How long do we have, in your opinion? What steps can we take to make sure we don't end up begging in the street? [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Apr 26, 2016 - 43 answers

Accio happiness! 2016 Divorce Recovery Edition

Recently divorced, I filed. Having so much trouble dealing with how I lost financial security, a decent place to live and general happiness. Looking for help/ideas on how to recover and want to go on through life. There are days when it's dragging me over gravel to get up and get going. Sidenote, treated for Bipolar I and medicated. Likely going to adjust. Seeing therapist. [more inside]
posted by Draccy on Apr 24, 2016 - 10 answers

TMS For Depression - Experiences

Does anyone have any experience personally with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation as a treatment for depression/anxiety? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on Apr 18, 2016 - 11 answers

Social anxiety has been ruining me for way too long

Most typical treatments for anxiety and depression don't work for me: therapy doesn't work, SSRIs don't work and atypical anti-depressants such as Wellbutrin don't work. What other options do I have? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Apr 17, 2016 - 20 answers

How to start doing literally anything.

The past two years have been pretty damn rough for me, but I feel like I'm ready to start being an adult again. Indecisiveness has turned me into a stagnant recluse and I simply can't live like this any longer. The problem is that I don't know where to start, so that's why I'm here. [more inside]
posted by omgkinky on Apr 10, 2016 - 35 answers

How messed up am I, exactly?

I would like to know whether I am a hopeless mess or simply too strict with myself. [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood on Apr 8, 2016 - 16 answers

Lifelong Depression - considering another stab at medication

I've had lifelong depression. I tried meds and therapy for years. I got little to no relief and awful side effects. I had awful withdrawal and all of it cost a ton of money. I've still having a hard time - snowflakes inside [more inside]
posted by kbbbo on Apr 5, 2016 - 17 answers

Pregnant, Husband with Depression...

My husband has been struggling with depression. Complication: I am three months pregnant and not quite feeling like myself either. I need some coping strategies. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 3, 2016 - 14 answers

Did I push away my soulmate?

I ended it with a man I loved, he hates me. Do I leave him to cool off and try again in a few months? I want to make him understand the reasons why I ended it. [more inside]
posted by newthirdworld on Mar 30, 2016 - 21 answers

You Are Not My Therapist, but... Grief: Am I Doin' It Right?

Hey, remember me? My family is still dead! It's two months later and I'm past the dead-eyed shock, numbness, and denial, and well into the "life is not worth living and I just want to stay in bed all day" portion of the rest of my life. Is it reasonable to give in to that urge, or should I be forcing myself to write and play the autoharp and generally Give A Crap? [more inside]
posted by missrachael on Mar 28, 2016 - 23 answers

Another depression question! Give me strategies to help.

I have tended toward depression for much of my life, and it’s been really bad for the past several months. What do I try next? [more inside]
posted by metasarah on Mar 28, 2016 - 12 answers

Is it OK to take a break from my education?

Mental health issues are derailing my education. I feel extreme pressure to stay in school. Logic is telling me I should take a break but I have no idea what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 28, 2016 - 17 answers

If itching is torture (it is) than my body is torturing itself.

I am itchy all over. And now, from scratching in bed, entirely covered in hives. My body is throbbing and I feel like my brain will snap if I don't scratch the incessant creeping itchiness that is simply everywhere. YNAMD - but also, my doctor won't be in until Tuesday and I feel this issue isn't worth taking up time in urgent care or emerg. [more inside]
posted by Dressed to Kill on Mar 25, 2016 - 27 answers

Atypical Depression/Dysthymia = unmotivated?

Have you been diagnosed with atypical depression or dysthymia? What is it like for you? What has helped? [more inside]
posted by Questolicious on Mar 23, 2016 - 18 answers

How to feel more positive more often?

So this last year has been quite tough. And I find that often in the evenings all I want to do is sit at a computer and consume news/videos/blogs. Well, that's not quite true. Actually I'd rather be creating. But I can't find the energy to lift myself up and turn from consumer to creator. I'm just too tired. [more inside]
posted by dance on Mar 23, 2016 - 19 answers

Resources and support for partners of people with depression

What help is out there for people who are partners to people with depression? [more inside]
posted by Cozybee on Mar 21, 2016 - 7 answers

How to help a depressed, elderly, sick parent

My beloved dad recently got diagnosed with lung cancer and is now depressed. How to support him, when his internal world seems so bleak? I feel a little like a punching bag for all his frustration and depression, too - how to mend this? [more inside]
posted by sockandawe on Mar 18, 2016 - 15 answers

How can I overcome compulsive perfectionism with ADHD / OCD?

I have ADHD with a lot of OCD symptoms. I think the ADHD is primary, and the OCD symptoms are my lifelong coping reactions to feeling overwhelmed all the time and making endless mistakes. I'm now on Adderall, and it has illuminated how much the OCD slows me down and burdens me, but at the same time, many of my OCD behaviors are rational. They help me catch my many mistakes (while writing or in life) when my ADHD is at its worst. I need strategies to pull myself out or to help me immediately recognize when I'm spiraling. [more inside]
posted by chaos_theory on Mar 12, 2016 - 9 answers

What kind of service can I hire to unfuck my habitat for me?

I've been depressed and my apartment has gotten totally disgusting. If it were just floors, toilet, oven, etc. I'd hire a regular cleaning company. But I have piles of dishes, rotting food in the refrigerator, dried cat pee on the floor, stuff like that. I just cannot deal and I need someone to help. What kind of person/service am I looking for? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 12, 2016 - 22 answers

YANMD, YANMT: Where do I start as an anxious, sober alcoholic manchild?

Paralyzed with fear, dealing with depression, motivated to change: I need to get my act together with professional help and am not sure where to go, being uninsured, employed part-time in the US. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Giggilituffin on Mar 11, 2016 - 19 answers

Advice on how to deal with failure? I lost my job due to depression.

I took a job in Mexico as an English teacher. Between dealing with culture shock and homesickness, moving away from my boyfriend, a major depressive episode, anxiety and panic, physical health issues, and experiencing an extreme trauma (was raped right before Christimas break)... well, suffice to say, it wasn't the best semester. I was just told that I will not be asked back next year. I was not planning on returning, but my self-esteem has taken a huge hit. How do I move forward after such an awful failure? [more inside]
posted by chocolatespaghetti on Mar 6, 2016 - 10 answers

Dealing with Lexapro side effects

I've been taking Lexapro for about nine months for generalized anxiety disorder and depression. Overall, the experience has been very good. I'm no longer nervous all the time. But in the past couple of months, I've grown concerned about two side effects: fatigue and apathy/lack of motivation. I talked to my psychiatrist about this and she laid out three options. I'm having trouble deciding which one would be best. [more inside]
posted by mcmile on Mar 6, 2016 - 11 answers

What blood tests should I get for low libido, lethargy and brain fog?

A few years back, I noticed a real dip in energy and libido with additional feelings of brain fog and depression/anxiety. What blood tests are worth checking? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice on Feb 26, 2016 - 22 answers

It recently took me 8 hours to run 3 errands

What is the current state of ADHD diagnoses? [more inside]
posted by rhizome on Feb 25, 2016 - 14 answers

Side effects on Zoloft/SSRIs where previously there were none?

I've been treated with Zoloft (50mg) twice before for clinical depression. Never had the side-effects I'm experiencing now. Looking for anecdotal advice on whether this has happened to anyone else out there, with Zoloft or any other SSRI (acknowledging that YANMD). [more inside]
posted by gadha on Feb 25, 2016 - 7 answers

Time to put my brain in its place

After many years of struggle with depression and constant, needless anxiety, it seems that my issue is primarily or purely chemical in nature. But my medications aren't really working right now. What options should I be looking at? What might my treatment look like? [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Feb 21, 2016 - 19 answers

What should I do at the gym today?

I'd like to have a vague plan for what to do at the gym when a.) I don't want to feel like I'm wasting my time, and b.) I can't commit to going on a regular schedule/keeping track of progress/etc. because [REASONS]. All of my lame excuses and beanplating within... [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Feb 18, 2016 - 20 answers

Quitting job without another lined up - yay or nay?

My job's pretty bad. I've detailed it here before, but now that I've regained some of my self-confidence, I'm ready to make the leap out of here. [more inside]
posted by gehenna_lion on Feb 16, 2016 - 28 answers

Two strikes on this project, one last chance... Ugh.

Coming to the tail end of a project and am stressed/depressed. Clients are highly critical and my boss isn't providing sufficient support to satisfy their high expectations in a timely fashion. How to deal with the dread of continuing, and grow a thicker skin? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 12, 2016 - 6 answers

What to expect on Amitriptyline...

After failing two SSRIs (Zoloft and Lexapro), my doc has prescribed Amitriptyline for my dysthymia and anxiety; also as a migraine prophylactic. [more inside]
posted by sara is disenchanted on Feb 11, 2016 - 9 answers

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