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Refusing to validate client part of trauma therapy?

Is it common and recommended practice for a therapist to refuse to validate and affirm a trauma client? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Jul 21, 2014 - 31 answers

left a ring in my hotel room, already called the hotel

I left a ring with sentimental value in my hotel room in the bathroom this afternoon, checked out of the hotel and didn't remember until now. I've called the hotel lost and found and they said the room was cleaned, nothing was reported found and that they will have housekeeping check tomorrow, the room is occupied already. Is there anything else that I can do about this? [more inside]
posted by tangaroo on Jul 20, 2014 - 9 answers

Recovering stolen property

Does anyone know what the procedure is for confiscating something that's stolen? [more inside]
posted by small_ruminant on Jul 16, 2014 - 12 answers

The Drugs Don't Work - Sanitorium in the UK

Does anyone have any recommendations or knowledge of convalescent homes in the UK? My brother has just undergone some seriously brutal radiotherapy and cancer treatment for throat cancer. He's been out of the hospital for a few weeks and is now at my parents, but it looks like it could be a very slow road to recovery. He currently can't eat or drink, is very nauseous, at risk of dehydration all the time. [more inside]
posted by stevedawg on Jul 15, 2014 - 6 answers

Advice for quick fix on bum ankle?

YANMD: I tweaked my achillies playing tennis last night (this has happened before), I'm quite limpy and in pain today. My parents (who I rarely get to see) are coming to town this weekend and we have a great hike planned. What should I be doing for the next 48 hours to increase the likelihood that we can actually go out as planned?
posted by Cosine on Jul 3, 2014 - 4 answers

Please help me not go crazy with worry about my wife's health.

My wife's been experiencing vertigo, dizziness and nausea for almost a week. I'm concerned; she says it's almost certainly going to go away soon. I'm extremely anxious when it comes to her health. I'm looking for reassurances or any other help to clear my mind so I can support her, as well as any ideas on what this could be. [more inside]
posted by Sternmeyer on Jun 30, 2014 - 24 answers

Pain - it got good to me?

I've been in chronic pain--rarely acute, but constant, flitting about different parts of my body--for years: diagnosis: early Fibro. In early spring, I started getting really bad headaches from clenching my teeth. Not the first time I've had the problem, but never before this intense and for this long. Then about a month ago, I developed lower-back/sciatic pain--again, I've had it before, but never so badly or for so long. The two things didn't overlap much, but they sort of drowned out my regular aches and pains. Now my back problem is clearing up, and I find myself in a panic about not being in pain anymore [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 11, 2014 - 2 answers

Argument got out of hand. Police got called to the house. Now what?

We're a married couple with two kids. We got into an argument that spiraled out of control and wound up with screaming and yelling and slamming things around (on both parts). There was no physical violence between us, and nobody was at risk of being physically harmed. Nevertheless, someone (a neighbor, we assume) called the police. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 8, 2014 - 45 answers

Help me deal with subclinical... everything...

Despite all my efforts and success(!) in treating myself well and recovering, I feel like my anguish over this sexual assault that happened to me over a year ago still subtly manifests itself in many aspects of my life. And it is precisely the "subtle," diffuse nature of these symptoms that makes me uncertain as to how best to proceed. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Jun 2, 2014 - 9 answers

Hard drive recovery near baltimore

Can anyone recommend a hard drive / data recovery service near Baltimore? Or failing that, a non-local one / a non-spammy explanation of how to find such a service that is reputable and not too expensive? Perhaps a sign of the times, but google is really being unhelpful, and mostly giving me fake local ones that seem to be aiming to SEO-trick people who are doing the obvious searches into thinking they're actually local. [more inside]
posted by advil on May 22, 2014 - 10 answers

Those with Postcholecystectomy Syndrome - Coping, Eating, Vitamins, Etc?

I'm likely to have my gallbladder removed in upcoming months, and I have a few questions for those who ended up with a temporary or longer-lasting intolerance to fatty foods. (And I wonder if any of you ever had it improve your digestion -- excluding the no-doubt wonderful absence of attacks?) [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on May 7, 2014 - 18 answers

External HD crashed, what next?

External HD crashed, what next? What do do before sending it to a recovery service? [more inside]
posted by Salvatorparadise on May 2, 2014 - 8 answers

The phantom joint pain strikes again...

I strained my adductor muscle (groin) in March and rested like a mofo - no exercise at all for probably 10 weeks. The doctor said it looked like a localized injury and that some stiffness would be natural because the repaired muscle grows back a little longer (weird). I've been gradually ramping back up with slow exercise - yoga, dance, etc. - but today after a more strenuous workout I'm feeling a dull ache in my muscle after no pain at all for weeks. Argh. YANMD, but ye who have pulled groin muscles before, does this mean I have hurt myself again, or is some soreness here and there natural? Do you ever feel pain from past injuries? Should I go back to the doctor or just do some gentle stretches and watch it for a few days? [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on Apr 22, 2014 - 5 answers

Fat-Free/Low-Fat Suggestions for Post-Gallbladder Removal Recovery?

I think my gallbladder’s coming out in the months to come. I seek guidance about fat-free/low-fat foods that would be safe to eat afterwards -- any advice appreciated, but I would find non-cooking options (frozen foods/delivery/restaurant) particularly useful. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Apr 17, 2014 - 11 answers

How do I get fit while I get sick?

I want to get fit because it would help my health long-term, but exercising more than a gentle walk makes me sick short-term, so I am stuck. I have specific restrictions on what I can do because of stroke risks, and expect to continue to frequently fall ill. I would like new ideas and especially advice from others with chronic illnesses that fluctuate on how they handle exercise. [more inside]
posted by viggorlijah on Mar 29, 2014 - 22 answers

is it possible to recover data from a locked phone?

Some weeks ago, I changed my phone's password while half asleep and haven't been able to remember it since. I've since gotten a new phone, but I really want to get the pictures and videos that were on there. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by windykites on Mar 16, 2014 - 9 answers

Laparoscopic gastric bypass: realistic healing time?

My question is for people who've had the laparoscopic gastric bypass in particular: were you able to get up and move around with relative ease within two weeks? [more inside]
posted by mirepoix on Mar 1, 2014 - 5 answers

Fun activities for a house bound dad?

My poor dad is recovering from an accident, and is stuck in the house during this crazy winter. What are some fun activities to keep him busy while we wait for the snow to melt? [more inside]
posted by silverstatue on Feb 26, 2014 - 15 answers

Mac disk utility problem - data missing

Never thought I would be posting a question along these lines, but here we go. So I had an external hard disk with two partitions. One NTFS and one HFS+. The NTFS partition was empty. I wanted to use the NTFS partition with Time Machine so I used Disk Utility to reformat it HFS+. When the format had completed, yes, the NTFS partition was now HFS+ BUT the other partition had disappeared. When I looked at it in disk utility it had a name like "disk32s". [more inside]
posted by dance on Feb 23, 2014 - 5 answers

Recovery Programs For My Reluctant 18-Year-Old Schizophrenic Son

Seeking structured, regular activities for my son, an 18-year-old with disorganized-type schizophrenia who is freshly recovering from his second psychotic episode. We are in the Cambridge, Massachusetts area. Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 13, 2014 - 10 answers

Thumb surgery, help me keep my groove?

I'm getting the tendon in my thumb repaired tomorrow and I'm looking for advice for keeping my life on track during recovery. [more inside]
posted by annabellee on Feb 9, 2014 - 11 answers

After recovering from depression, how to get from functioning to happy?

I spent much of my teens and 20s suffering from severe depression, anxiety, and OCD. During those years, I saw many therapists and tried many forms of treatment. Now I'm in my 30s and feel comfortable saying that for the last few years I've been stable. I know how to handle my lingering issues but pretty much have things under control. However, despite being "stable", most of the time I honestly feel kind of neutral and sort of empty. I often feel content enough, or just grateful to be alive and healthy, but it's been a long time since I've felt genuine joy, excitement, or a real spark in my life. After recovering from depression, is there any way to get past simply "functioning" and perhaps to "happy"? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 19, 2014 - 15 answers

Will my DUIs keep me from working in recovery?

In my past as an active alcoholic, I received two DUIs. Since the last one, I've embraced recovery, and it's completely changed my life for the better. I want to transition into counseling from working in education, especially in recovery counseling as an LCDC. How will my criminal record impact my ability to do this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 17, 2014 - 6 answers

Lost my camera in the snow; is it worth trying to find it in the Spring?

I dropped our point-and-shoot today while sledding with the kids. I figure the camera is a write-off, but I may be able to find it when the snow melts. Will the SD card still be good? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger on Dec 28, 2013 - 11 answers

Back surgery in 5 days: What am in for?

Having back surgery on Dec. 19th. Fusion of L5-S1 with bone from pelvis and some "hardware". Doc has been great with the exception of what I'm in for in terms of post-op pain and recovery. Basically, he's told me "it varies." I do know I'll be hospitalized for at least 2 nights. [more inside]
posted by jrchaplin on Dec 14, 2013 - 10 answers

How to baby an injury for a newbie runner?

I'm midway through a 13-week beginner's running program. Today was supposed to be a run day for me, but I noticed a little twinge in my ankle last night, and the soreness has persisted. Skipped the run for today, but I'm wondering how long I should rest the ankle before attempting to run again? Spent the day reading about high ankle sprains and freaking myself out, need some advice from experienced runners. [more inside]
posted by Diablevert on Nov 11, 2013 - 11 answers

Trusting after past abuse

I'm already in therapy. What can I do on my own, when I interact with others, so I won't feel so guarded? I'm noticing that despite a lot of healing from my past relationship, including EMDR, I continue to be very cautious and awkward with people. I feel vulnerable and expect to be criticized and rejected. The walls I'm putting up are leading me to a feeling of loneliness. How can I go back to being my authentic, warm, openhearted self? [more inside]
posted by Rainflower on Nov 9, 2013 - 6 answers

Help me nurse myself back (sorry) to health.

I have been suffering for some time with an extruded disc in my lower back, and am scheduled for surgery (discectomy) on Monday morning. I'll be off work for 6 weeks, and will be staying with my Mum in my hometown until I'm well. I am hoping for suggestions on how to best help my physical recovery, and also to stop myself being bored out of my brain. [more inside]
posted by outoftime on Oct 17, 2013 - 4 answers

Maintaining healthy friendships while struggling with a mental illness.

Trying to figure out how to manage both a mental illness and a set friendships at the same time - balance between opening the can of worms that thoughts of a depressed mind can be and closing in, keeping things to myself appears to be incedibly hard to strike, and being unable to figure it out for 4 years now has been costing me plenty of sleepless nights and otherwise good friendships along the way. All input appreciated; more backstory inside. [more inside]
posted by 9080 on Oct 16, 2013 - 6 answers

Repair Master Boot Record?

I have a Windows 7 HTPC that serves as our family's TV/entertainment hub. Recently, the cooling fan on it died a slow death while I wasn't home. The other folks in my home kept re-sarting the machine frantically, until I ended up with multiple drives with (I believe) damaged Master Boot Records. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 6, 2013 - 3 answers

Is my phone replacement a dud?

Someone recently stole my Iphone 4 and with my upgrade coming up in December and not having insurance I had to resort to alternative means to acquire a new phone. I purchased a HTC thunderbolt online with a cracked screen for fairly cheap.When I first got it the "device" worked great. I can browse the phone and connect to wifi and have no SD card issues but when I went to activate it at verizon they stuck a 4G LTE SIM card in it and tried activating it for over an hour then eventually told me they were stumped and to buy another phone or call customer support. [more inside]
posted by isopropyl on Sep 29, 2013 - 3 answers

Little Miss Sunshine

How do I start smiling and laughing more? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Sep 25, 2013 - 16 answers

How to best help husband recover post-vasectomy?

My husband is taking one for the team...so to speak. He's going in for a vasectomy on Wednesday, and has already planned to take the next day off from (office) work. Aside from frozen peas and ice cream, what can I do to make it easier on him? [more inside]
posted by ninjakins on Aug 12, 2013 - 21 answers

Help with expectations and recommendations heading into back surgery

My Mom is a recently retired professor in her mid 60s who has had been interrupted in enjoying the neat stuff she had lined up to do by some back problems that now require a fusion of a couple discs in her spine to permanently remedy the condition. She is going into surgery this week. I'd appreciate any advice or information that anyone who has been through something similar would have liked to hear in advance, that wasn't covered in the usual consults. [more inside]
posted by snuffleupagus on Aug 12, 2013 - 6 answers

I don't need a new drug (but I need a new drug).

Somehow having a chronic illness became my hobby for the past year. Now I'm getting better and I want to stop dwelling on it, but I don't remember how I used to pass the time. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by telegraph on Aug 6, 2013 - 16 answers

Nursing someone after oral surgery: how to not screw it up edition

A relative of mine is having the entirety of her teeth replaced by what I think is called an implant-supported bridge. I'm caring for her the day of the surgery, but 1) I'm not super-awesome, or anyway, super-intuitive at nursing people 2) I'm not at ALL familiar with this type of procedure 3) Said relative is very ashamed of the situation and thus VERY vague about the actual terms, details, and recovery situation. She...tends to be a little in denial about stuff, I tend to take her statements with a grain of salt. So I would appreciate anything you all can offer in terms of advice, or in procedure-specific tips and information. [more inside]
posted by like_a_friend on Jul 8, 2013 - 22 answers

Making A Something-Level Career out of Very, Very Little.

I have recently acknowledged that my aimlessness has kept me trapped in retail and unable to find better for myself. My goal from several months ago - to find a double-digit hourly position by the anniversary of my graduation from college - is far from accomplished. I am not giving myself another year to mess up, but I'm having some trouble discerning where I should go. [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Apr 27, 2013 - 16 answers

Help Me Grok Al-Anon

My husband drinks too much, and I just attended my first Al-Anon meeting. I have some questions about it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 17, 2013 - 19 answers

Nice thoughtful gestures from afar....

A close relative recently had a double mastectomy and is awaiting breast reconstruction surgery. She is still in recovery phase, and is surrounded by her loving and supportive family. Because of work issues I'm unable to visit for a while. I've sent flowers, and made phone calls, but I would like to get something delivered to her either brighten her day or make this time easier or any more comfortable for her and her family. [more inside]
posted by newpotato on Apr 15, 2013 - 8 answers

Am I supposed to be healing this slowly? Or is this quick?

5 days ago, had general anesthesia lapropscopic surgery for salpingo oopherectomy (badly scarred right ovary and tube removed), appendectomy, D&C and exploratory surgery found massive adhesions and one intestinal cyst. Everything was cleaned up, I was sent home that afternoon with 2 days of Percocet and given basic after-care instructions. [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Apr 8, 2013 - 20 answers

How to reinstall windows 8 on a preloaded asus zenbook

I recently bought an asus zenbook UX32VD-R43317, and I would quite like to replace the hard drive in it, reinstalling windows in the process, but I don't seem to have any way of doing so. [more inside]
posted by theyexpectresults on Mar 31, 2013 - 3 answers

Quit my job, sha na na na na na?

I'm a grad student (in the humanities) getting over mono. Should I quit my job? [more inside]
posted by naturalog on Mar 21, 2013 - 12 answers

Looking for books about the resiliency of the California Economy.

I'm trying to prove the historic strength and resiliency of California. From the Gold Rush on. Being the birthplace of aerospace manufacturing, the cradle of film and digital. Basically something that puts into perspective all the slowdowns and eventual recoveries that California has always bounced back from. Ideally from a kosher academic perspective. I'd rather not have this from the tome of an avowed Marxist as an example. Who should I read and what did they write?
posted by rileyray3000 on Mar 20, 2013 - 6 answers

How do we feel safe again after our home was broken into?

Our house was broken into yesterday in broad daylight while we were at work. How can we feel safe again? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Mar 16, 2013 - 31 answers

How do I kick him out of my head once and for all?

He distracted me so much while we were together, and now I'm *still* being distracted by him and we've been apart for months. Any ideas? Blizzard conditions ahead. [more inside]
posted by deliciae on Mar 16, 2013 - 19 answers

Eating disorder recovery

Around 2 weeks ago I decided to actually properly recover from my eating disorder. And I am hoping that some people here with relevant medical knowledge or personal experience might be able to give me some advice on how to proceed and information on what I can physically expect, as the information given online is often very contradictory. I live in a rural area (UK) and have had very negative experiences with the local medical professionals/counselling services (I also get the impression that most GPs will not be very well informed anyway) so I am attempting to do this very much on my own. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 12, 2013 - 13 answers

Who wrote this story about a marvellous Alsation dog?

If anyone recognises this story, please can you tell me the author? I think the story is about five years old. An ordinary man with low self-esteem is dumped by his beautiful intelligent accomplished girlfriend. She gives him a dog as a pity present, with a snide subtext that the dog is better than he is. Gradually through caring for the dog, a magnificent Alsation, and taking pride in it, the man recovers his self-esteem and becomes sought-after. It's a story that feels as if it has a lot of undercurrents and as if it's not as simple as it looks: in some way the dog stands in for the guy, or represents the guy or becomes a totem for him. Or something.
posted by glasseyes on Mar 3, 2013 - 3 answers

My sister has joined AA. How can I support her?

My 20 year old sister has finally decided to get clean. She is currently doing the 30 meetings in 30 days, and is 2 weeks into it. Her problems are more with drugs than alcohol (she did not abuse alcohol), but as part of this she has also quit drinking. What can I be doing to help her? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 18, 2013 - 8 answers

In kneed of gift suggestions

What can I get my mom, preferably thematic, as she's on bed rest for knee surgery? [more inside]
posted by casualinference on Feb 16, 2013 - 6 answers

How do I forgive myself for being a pothead?

I started smoking weed in my early twenties, when I moved away from my hometown to a larger city in a different country. It's enough to say that I wasn't adapted well to being on my own; that, combined with the stress of a new job, a language barrier, and a few health problems that chipped away at my self-esteem, led me to take comfort in marijuana, on and off, for ten years. How do I forgive myself for the feelings of shame I have? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 8, 2013 - 26 answers

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