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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

Burnt out on trying for years and years

I’m nearly 50 and have all but given up on any form of worldly success or financial stability. What now? [more inside]
posted by Beethoven's Sith on Oct 12, 2016 - 15 answers

How can I make sure to get a good assessment of a situation?

I'll be going to Japan for three weeks soon and need to use that time to figure out if I want to live there again after past traumatic (and good!) experiences. Obviously, vacation is very different from daily life. How do I make sure I can make an informed decision? [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood on Oct 1, 2016 - 13 answers

Workplace policies on cancelling work travel for medical reasons?

I will likely need to cancel a work-related conference trip next week for medical reasons. Can I expect reimbursement for the money I've already spent? Bonus: my cancellation will be for mental health reasons, documented by my team of doctors. Does your workplace have policies around this? I am in the state of Massachusetts.
posted by anonymous on Sep 30, 2016 - 7 answers

Am I unlucky or just crazy?

I've just been diagnosed with what was explained to me as a psychosomatic condition with nothing physiologically wrong. I would be relieved if this wasn't the last of several times I've had worrying, bothersome symptoms, had all tests come back clear and had the symptoms clear up right after being given a clean bill of health. Why does this keep happening to me? Do I need serious psychiatric help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 30, 2016 - 8 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

Awesome Grad School vs Mental Health

I've started a Master's degree at a top university in the world (for my field) in Europe. It is an incredible opportunity that is very unlikely to come around again. However, I suffer from depression and being away from my support system while in a rigorous academic program does not seem to be the best for my mental health. My friends and family say they support me no matter what, but they all tell me that if I leave this program I will regret it for the rest of my life, and I'm afraid of living with regret. [more inside]
posted by Robocat on Sep 20, 2016 - 17 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

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

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

Portland adventure for 2 friends getting over respective mental crises?

My friend and I have recently been crawling out of some pretty thick mental mud from the past several months, and I was hoping for some suggestions in and around Portland to swing us back into greater health. [more inside]
posted by swoopstake on Aug 26, 2016 - 5 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

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

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

What on Earth am I to do with myself?

I am bored and unfulfilled in my job. I am not miserable yet, but I know from experience that if I don't do something soon I will become pretty miserable indeed. I've been through this before, and the endgame is not pretty at all. Help! I need a new career path. The problem is, I don't know what path would work for me, or even whether one exists at all. Can you help me brainstorm? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Aug 2, 2016 - 12 answers

How are you all, well, doing (this)?

My therapist said that I seem to have strange ideas of how other people live and cope. [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood on Jul 24, 2016 - 19 answers

Methods to build self-esteem in troubled mother?

How do I help to build self-esteem in my "crazy" (bipolar, BPD), overweight, aging, and unsuccessful mother, who lives in a small town with not much in the way of community, and who refuses to seek medical treatment for her mental health and physical issues? [more inside]
posted by erattacorrige on Jul 20, 2016 - 25 answers

Mental Health and Addiction Rounds - Halp me Plan

Does anyone know of any North American Psychologists or Psychiatrists doing any work on how patients are treated differently, dependent on gender? [more inside]
posted by Dressed to Kill on Jul 12, 2016 - 10 answers

Who hit me with the stupid ray?

Why is my intelligence and ability to work and function in day-to-day life deteriorating? Over the past few months, I've been finding myself unable to keep track of things, and feeling like my brain isn't powerful enough to cope. The best way I can explain it is that I feel like a slow computer - constantly overloaded and taking a long time to figure anything out. [more inside]
posted by winterhill on Jul 12, 2016 - 33 answers

Should I tell my boss why I was out?

I have a long history of physical illness. I have a chronic medical condition that causes frequent loss of work, which my boss knows. I've taken several leaves of absence over the past few years due to this. However, my current LOA was due to mental illness. My depression/anxiety has been with me for a long time, but was contained by medication, until it wasn't. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 9, 2016 - 12 answers

A quiet mind is a breezy mind

Where can I find a structured, daily meditation course or challenge online to help me scratch my meditative itch? [more inside]
posted by Vrai on Jul 7, 2016 - 7 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

First serious health scare of adulthood - how to cope?

I'm on the waiting list for an unpleasant but not life-threatening procedure, but the results might be Something Serious. So I'm obviously terrified and already prone to hypochondria. This is starting to impact my day-to-day mental functions. Scared snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Kitteh on Jul 3, 2016 - 17 answers

Getting diagnosed with bipolar II

I think I may have bipolar II. How do I get help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 25, 2016 - 11 answers

How to get help during a mental health crisis?

I'm dealing with a double career/relationship situation that has completely "destroyed" me. I'm eating and sleeping; I have savings for several months, and I'm not going to hurt myself or anyone else. But, I'm nonfunctional, going in circles, suffering terribly, and I want it to stop, and I want to move on with my life. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Jun 24, 2016 - 17 answers

Looking for a therapist in Portland, OR.

I'm looking for a therapist in Portland who is great at helping with bipolar II. My disorder has gotten out of control lately and my moods are cycling much too quickly for me to handle and I'd like to find a regular therapist and also someone that could help with medication. Curve ball: I either don't have insurance or I am on the OHP but don't know how to use it. I'm also jobless, so low-cost/sliding scale is the best option. My old therapist was the greatest, but currently I can't afford to pay her. Any recommendations? Let me know if I should memail you for any other details. Thanks!
posted by anonymous on Jun 23, 2016 - 5 answers

What would Rosemary Kennedy be diagnosed with today?

If Rosemary Kennedy were growing up today, what would she likely be diagnosed with? Is there a good source of information on her specific problems? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Jun 22, 2016 - 7 answers

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

Recharging the Battery

What activities or pursuits do you find more rejuvenating and relaxing than sitting idly in front of the computer or watching TV? I'm looking for things that I can do on a regular basis that will leave my mental and physical batteries feeling recharged rather than drained.
posted by sleepy psychonaut on May 5, 2016 - 24 answers

What is this mental condition called -- and what might I do to help it?

I constantly think about the past and what I "should have done" -- for big decisions (what I should have named my child, why I should have joined the Peace Corps) -- to little decisions (what I should have ordered at the restaurant; what lipstick I should have worn this morning.) It is seriously affecting my life. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 5, 2016 - 11 answers

How do I keep a realistic view of the past?

Given tendencies towards nostalgia and overly optimistic views of the past, how do you stay grounded in reality and move on from unhealthy situations without constant regret? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by AnonymousPuppet on Apr 27, 2016 - 2 answers

Tactics to help self-harming behavior in an adult?

I have anxiety disorder with panic attacks, and I'm going through an extremely stressful and emotionally difficult period. For the first time in a long time, I am self-harming. I have a psychiatrist, am on medication, and am seeing her next week. I am not suicidal. I know this isn't good for me (and isn't helping the situation). What are some resources/tactics/ways of mentally reframing my feelings that could help? [more inside]
posted by mostlymartha on Apr 12, 2016 - 8 answers

Answers for 75 year-old mother w/ acute episode of mental decompensation

Seeking answers for my 75 year-old mother, who had an acute and frightening episode of mental decompensation on the 11th of this month. While it has gotten a bit better, it is still present and affecting daily living. [more inside]
posted by thebrokedown on Apr 9, 2016 - 17 answers

recommend workbooks for an older woman to fight depression and anxiety.

I need recommendations for approachable, effective books that a 70ish woman can use as resources to help fight depression and anxiety without a therapist. [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes on Apr 4, 2016 - 13 answers

Coping with suddenly severe anxiety

It's been a long time coming, but today my ability to cope with the pressure in my life collapsed, and now I don't know what to do. I'm looking for guidance from others who've gone through this sort of thing. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 29, 2016 - 16 answers

"You look/eat fine!" ... ? Responding to body/eating-disordered talk

A close friend of mine is [in recovery/maybe teetering on the edge of relapse] from an eating disorder. He often makes remarks to me about how he eats too much, hates part of his body, is fat, et cetera. I find myself confused as to how to respond to these remarks in a kind, compassionate way that neither confirms his very negative thoughts, nor feels just completely invalidating. Is this possible? On a more serious note, would it do any good to indicate I'm concerned for him? Advice heavily desired. [more inside]
posted by The Sock Puppet Sentience Movement on Mar 27, 2016 - 12 answers

What I hear you saying is (garbled subway announcement)

I have trouble understanding much of what people say, but my doctor says my hearing is perfect. It's negatively impacting my life and I'm not ready to give up and accept it. I need to know what solutions exist before I give up and put all my energy into coping; I also need to know what I can say to a doctor to get something on paper I can show when this causes problems at work. [more inside]
posted by blnkfrnk on Mar 26, 2016 - 20 answers

What sort-of therapist would be good for my issues?

Hello everyone, I've been having trouble finding a therapist. I'm looking because everyone tells me I need to see a counselor, but I've had 0 luck, and I've called over a dozen so far without avail. [more inside]
posted by gehenna_lion on Mar 24, 2016 - 15 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

Advice/help coping with pregnancy ambivalence

I'm looking for advice/resources/reading materials/words of wisdom/comfort for dealing with the many negative feelings I'm experiencing towards this pregnancy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 15, 2016 - 45 answers

Looking for diet/weight loss mental hacks

I've been trying to do a low-carb medium protein diet for about 6 months, on and off. But it's been really difficult because I can't do it as consistently as I want to. It's making me discouraged and upset. [more inside]
posted by starlybri on Mar 11, 2016 - 21 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

How do I help my paranoid, elderly mom in rapid mental decline?

My elderly mom is experiencing a delusion that seems to be rapidly worsening. I am her only family and live 8 hours away. She will not see a doctor. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Locative on Mar 3, 2016 - 23 answers

Mental health help in the UK

Got mental health needs. Don't know how to start getting them met with the NHS, can't really afford to go private. What do? [more inside]
posted by teresci on Feb 26, 2016 - 5 answers

working with student with mental health issues--delusions of persecution

I have an adult ed student who has been quite distressed lately. He likes me and will often share things about his life. Recently he has seemed both physically and mentally unwell, and today he told me he thinks one of his neighbours (whom he doesn't like AT ALL, and is not shy about saying so) is making him sick via invisible rays. Specifically, my student believes this neighbour is sending rays from their television and radio that are causing him to have headaches and blurred vision. Have you ever worked with a student who had delusions like this? How did you handle it? What is the best thing I can do, as a non-mental health professional who interacts with this student daily? [more inside]
posted by Secret Sockdentity on Feb 25, 2016 - 22 answers

emotional stress-induced amenorrhea

If you have dealt with emotional stress-induced hypothalamic amenorrhea, with emphasis on the emotional sort of stress (as opposed to physical / excessive exercise-induced), what did you do to ensure that you regularly got your period? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 4, 2016 - 4 answers

Successfully turn medical leave into layoff/buyout?

I am currently on medical leave from my job (in Ontario). I don't want to go back. How do I do that? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 18, 2016 - 7 answers

Concerns over stopping Wellbutrin treatment

Hello- I've been on it for the past 8.5 years, currently on generic version of 300XL. Started treatment to successfully help me recover major depressive/traumatic events which are now long past, and I don't want to be on meds forever. That being said, after all this time, I am reluctant to go through the weaning process. You are not my MD, and I understand that everyone's chemistry is different. I would really appreciate hearing about any experience of stopping this or similar anti-depressants, and any suggestions for coping and support. Thank you!
posted by eusebis_w_adorno on Jan 15, 2016 - 24 answers

keeping secrets without going bonkers

I have been entrusted with a handful of REAL BIG SECRETS lately, and it's wearing me down far more than I expected or was prepared for. I'm not very well-practiced at compartmentalization, apparently, but I can't un-know the things, so I gotta get good at it in a hurry. I'm looking at at least another 2-3 months, depending on when/if these things are brought out more into the open. How can I get better at this? [more inside]
posted by We put our faith in Blast Hardcheese on Jan 8, 2016 - 26 answers

Um. So, Do Normal People Get Pimples on Their Scalp?

I pretty much always have at least one hair follicle on my head that's all plugged up with dead skin or full of backed up sebum or just generally gross and disgusting. I know this because I have trichotillomania. How can I keep my scalp healthier (and therefore keep my compulsions under check)? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Jan 4, 2016 - 27 answers

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