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Having friends is making me anxious

I had social anxiety for a long time which meant I didn't really make any new close friends for the better part of a decade. I started a Master's course last year where I formed some real friendships, pretty much for the first time since secondary school. Now I can't stop convincing myself that my new friends don't like me anymore. [more inside]
posted by Chenko on Jan 15, 2017 - 11 answers

The office is making me sick. Where to next?

Office life just isn't working out for me. For health reasons, I need to find an environment that's going to suit me better. Where can I look for an alternative, such as non-office environments, remote working or more flexible working? [more inside]
posted by winterhill on Jan 13, 2017 - 13 answers

Ketamine helped my treatment resistant depression, now what?

After trying EVERYTHING for over a decade to help my treatment resistant depression, I tried Ketamine infusions. They help, but they are expensive and inconvenient. [more inside]
posted by kbbbo on Jan 10, 2017 - 3 answers

Putting the hysteria in hysterectomy

My girlfriend will be undergoing a radical hysterectomy in a couple of weeks, for something that may or may not be cancer. I am coping less than well, but don't want to put all of my anxieties on her, as she has quite enough to be getting on with. I need help managing my anxiety and figuring out how I can best support her before, during, and after the surgery. [more inside]
posted by coppermoss on Jan 9, 2017 - 12 answers

Roadblocks toward independence

I've got a 12-year-old girl on the spectrum with a raft of other mental health issues. It's difficult for her to maintain self-control and my wife and I have recently decided to progressively increase the risk of her melting down by not removing what we identify as obvious irritants, or by diffusing potentially upsetting situations. Have you tried this with someone you love with a disability? Can you offer potential avoidable pitfalls or strategies? [more inside]
posted by Stanczyk on Jan 4, 2017 - 19 answers

What should I do to get back on track with my life?

I work in the technology field and have ended up in two jobs where the interviewer assured me the positions were not call centers when they turned out to be just that. I began to feel disillusioned about my career and if I picked the wrong career. The stress from not knowing what I should do with my career, myself, my life, as well as my boyfriend's depression led me to experience burn-out and become depressed. [more inside]
posted by wasurenagusa on Jan 3, 2017 - 13 answers

Politics, Friendship, and Anxiety - Oh My!

I have social anxiety and had recent e-drama with a friend over our respective politics. How do I stand up for myself and my beliefs under pressure more effectively? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 3, 2017 - 19 answers

Depression and GAD: the sequel

I'm having a depression and anxiety relapse. It is totally kicking my butt this time around. Does anyone have hopeful stories to share? [more inside]
posted by Crookshanks_Meow on Jan 1, 2017 - 14 answers

When mental illness is actually physical

So last week I explained that I was having an emotional crisis and asked for some help with decision making. It turns out that I was not having an emotional crisis and was actually having extremely dangerous heart arrhythmias that often lead to sudden cardiac arrest. (Supposedly, certain heart conditions and rhythms can be accompanied by feelings of hopelessness and impending doom.) Now I am alone in a hospital and am facing an uncertain future. [more inside]
posted by xyzzy on Jan 1, 2017 - 7 answers

guilt due to internet/computer breaks

I get extremely guilty when I take breaks and turn to the internet or computer games to unwind. Should I be trying to get over this guilt or taking it to heart? [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Jan 1, 2017 - 6 answers

Help me deal with post-stress anxiety?

I’m struggling with some anxiety that I would love tips for dealing with. Anxiety issues aren't really an ongoing thing for me - I can be a bit of an over thinker but normally it is very manageable, however that seems to have changed. [more inside]
posted by Sabby on Dec 30, 2016 - 7 answers

Ethical Question -- Baby Name Edition Part Two

I didn't take your advice. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 30, 2016 - 47 answers

Adult-diagnosed ADHD-(Anyone question your diagnosis)? *Esp. educators*

I've been on medical leave from both work and grad school, recently saw a new psychiatrist to make my parents happy and she diagnosed me with adult ADHD? I trust her, and I'm trained to recognize signs of ADHD in children but not adults. I've expressed concerns...I know the disorder is very real but I have strange imposter/guilt feelings for reasons detailed. It would be amazing to hear from educators with ADHD, but if anyone with adult-diagnosed ADHD (so many As and Ds) could chime in regarding similar feelings? [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE on Dec 28, 2016 - 6 answers

Manners help for an anxious school-age caveman

My 9 year old is an anxious kid with severe attention deficits. He's seriously lacking in social niceties, e.g., "Why is grandma staying so long? I thought she was just dropping something off!" We may be failing him, and I he's clearly not going to pick these things up alone. Can you recommend an approach or resources that might not make him shut down entirely? [more inside]
posted by chesty_a_arthur on Dec 26, 2016 - 15 answers

Flying without benzos

The last few times I've traveled by air, I've had to take benzos to stave off panic attacks. I'm flying tomorrow and don't want to take them this time. Give me your tips for drug-free and panic-free flying. More details under the fold. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Dec 23, 2016 - 33 answers

What is being a witness in court like? Canadian Edition

I received a subpoena for being a witness to an domestic assault. It is triggering tons of PTSD and child abuse issues and I was hoping someone could tell me what it is like in a courtroom to try to get over some of my fears. Or, tips for doing this without completely having a break down. Please help me calm my anxiety and not run far far away and end up getting a warrant issued because I don't appear! (actually not going to happen but my first instinct) [more inside]
posted by kanata on Dec 23, 2016 - 14 answers

Sabotaging myself with lateness and over-sleeping

I've always had difficulty with waking up early and being on time. I've struggled through school and lost jobs because of this. I'm on the brink of being fired again despite my best efforts and I'm feeling desperate and furious with myself. Help! [more inside]
posted by selene_sophia on Dec 22, 2016 - 43 answers

Leave first real job after 2-3 months or stick it out? Lots of anxiety.

I'm a recent nursing grad who wants to leave the field due to anxiety. I recently started an administrative nursing position in a skilled nursing facility but it's making me miserable. I want to start a career in medical records and I am very conflicted about how to make this transition. I may be able to leave after just 2-3 months for a temporary medical record auditing position. Should I? [more inside]
posted by efsrous on Dec 18, 2016 - 8 answers

what to do when you don't enjoy being pregnant

I am 4 1/2 months pregnant and I sort of hate it. This was all very planned, so I am feeling extra awful for feeling this way. Can you help me figure out strategies for dealing with these feelings for the rest of my pregnancy? [more inside]
posted by colfax on Dec 15, 2016 - 53 answers

How do I stop feeling responsible for other people's happiness?

My friend group of over 10 years mostly knows each other because of me. These are all women in their early 30s. There are A LOT of different personalities which I love one on one, but as a group, not so much. [more inside]
posted by whitetigereyes on Dec 15, 2016 - 5 answers

"I realize that I seem fine, doctor, but..."

I've been extremely irritable and short-tempered lately. I think it's time to do something about this. The trouble is, I'm very, very good at "superficial professional interactions" (it's like a reflex I can't stop), and I'm afraid my doctor is just going to pat me on the head and shoo me off home. What can I do to make sure I'm taken seriously? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 14, 2016 - 20 answers

[Anxiety filter]: I really want/need to focus, but I don't know how!!

I have a lot to do, but I'm extremely picky and perfectionist. I keep having panic attacks and end up procrastinating! How can I sidestep the panicking part and just start?!! [more inside]
posted by Crookshanks_Meow on Dec 9, 2016 - 16 answers

Job quitting anxiety

I have to tell my boss that I am not going to renew my contract at Awful Inc. and am really nervous about the whole thing and never finding any (better) job ever again. [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood on Dec 8, 2016 - 15 answers

Taste in anything worries me

Taste in anything (music, movies, coffee, you name it) has long been a source of anxiety and stress for me. I don't know how to determine quality and I worried that I'm getting it wrong and, worse, that my preferences reflect negatively on me somehow. Details within. [more inside]
posted by arateaa on Dec 8, 2016 - 53 answers

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

How do I choose an anaesthetic when suffering from anxiety?

Unpleasant female medical procedure + phobic-level anxiety + having to choose an anaesthetic = Horror, anxiety and meltdown. Do you have experiences/information/tips that can help? [more inside]
posted by highanxiety on Dec 5, 2016 - 16 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

How do I call my super-far-right congressperson?

I feel so dumb asking this and now the whole internet will know about my civic ineptitude. How do I call my representatives about Standing Rock when they are already slated for Trump's cabinet? [more inside]
posted by athirstforsalt on Dec 1, 2016 - 16 answers

Can you talk me down from my anxiety?

I have a therapist (but won't be able to get into see him for a month), I do CBT and mindfulness and other useful things but the last 6 weeks have blown my stress levels sky-high (over 360 on that psychological scale thing). I'm a late diagnosed aspie with a heaping of lifelong social anxiety on the side. I have some repetitive intrusive thoughts that I can't dislodge and I need your gentle help and logic please.   [more inside]
posted by b33j on Nov 30, 2016 - 31 answers

Should I try to "grow" feelings for this person or listen to my anxiety?

I have been dating this guy for just over a month now. I knew him previously from HS, but we reconnected through a dating site. I had a huge crush on him in HS but I wasn't sure how I'd feel as that was a long time ago (25 now). Before we met I was honest and said I wanted friendship to start off with, cause I assumed he'd expect a hook up right away. We've hung out five times now, and been texting a lot but I'm not sure how I feel still. [more inside]
posted by oracleia on Nov 29, 2016 - 16 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

Cancelled Reservation: Ask my kid for the money back?

So for Thanksgiving, my kid made the two us a reservation at a trendy vegetarian cafe, in the city, about 90 minutes drive from my place. We had to cancel (details follow), so I PayPal'd her the money to cover it, and she was going to find someone to go with. She didn't manage that; can I ask her for the money back? [more inside]
posted by quacky on Nov 27, 2016 - 26 answers

How can I get my child to get involved in the game?

Several years ago, my daughter decided she wanted to play hockey. She has been skating for several years and played in an all-girls club last season. This season, she has been playing in a coed league. She does great in practice, but when the time comes for her to participate in the game, she freezes up. [more inside]
posted by valentinepig on Nov 21, 2016 - 15 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 can I avoid You-Know-Who?

I had a panic attack today on my way back from a weekend away. It's the second one I've had in recent weeks. After today's, I realized that my constant state of panic about the president-elect isn't just because of the obvious, but because he specifically reminds me of a person who used to verbally abuse me. I'm being triggered ALL THE TIME now. How can I avoid being triggered as much as possible until I can work through this with my therapist?
posted by ocherdraco on Nov 20, 2016 - 23 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

Should I give this polyamorous relationship a chance or end it?

I'm in a polyamorous relationship of less than a year. It has increasingly been a struggle for me in terms of self-esteem, fear of loss, and anxiety. Lately I've been thinking it's more fair to end this relationship than continue. Is it worth attempting to take this journey in hopes that it will be ok or should I just end the relationship with the idea that, like marriage or wanting children, it's a incompatibility that's a deal breaker? More details below. [more inside]
posted by Thirty7Degrees on Nov 15, 2016 - 17 answers

Therapy in the time of Trump

Had juggled some interpersonal issues that made me question / lose grip on reality; President Trump has made it bad enough for me to finally seek therapy again. Agent Orange contaminated snowflakes follow (content warning: self-injury) [more inside]
posted by Tsukushi on Nov 9, 2016 - 7 answers

Gestalt group therapy?

Any thoughts on whether the Gestalt approach, esp. in its group form, is for me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 8, 2016 - 3 answers

Does buying a big screen TV have to be this draining

Does buying a big screen TV have to be as draining - emotionally, chronologically, financially - as it seems? [more inside]
posted by bleep on Nov 5, 2016 - 23 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

New relationship after traumatizing one -- How To Do It?

When you enter a new relationship with a secure person after one that has traumatized you, how do you separate the anxiety triggered by trauma from legitimate ones about the new relationship? [more inside]
posted by minoraltercation on Nov 5, 2016 - 9 answers

Cope with frequent, stressful meetings with a supervisor?

In grad school and must suffer through anxiety-filled weekly meetings with a supervisor. How can I deal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 2, 2016 - 12 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

Desperate for relief from symptoms of Klonopin weaning/anxiety

PLEASE DO NOT OFFER HOMEOPATHIC SOLUTIONS. I AM NOT INTERESTED. I've been on Klonopin (1mg am / 1mg pm) for longer than I can remember. It is doing nothing at this point. My anxiety is higher than ever and i am sure I've developed tolerance for the medication. I have read nothing but bad things about the drug and I want off. My concern is the awful, awful and prolonged withdrawal period and all of the horrible effects. Is there any relief from this while titrating off? [more inside]
posted by chonus on Oct 25, 2016 - 26 answers

I need an intervention with my fiance before it's too late.

I am in a crisis situation with my SO. We are engaged with a wedding date less than 8 months away. While she is busy planning the wedding, I am spending more and more of my free time worrying about everything that is wrong with our relationship. As much as I'm praying that we can work through our issues, our fights have become more frequent and nastier. As a result, I'm experiencing major anxiety related to the upcoming wedding. I'm going to have a conversation with her about my feelings but am genuinely torn about what decision to make: keep the wedding date and try to work through our issues vs. postpone the wedding and work through our issues vs. cancel the engagement altogether vs. break up. Based on the relationship dynamics I describe below, what is everyone's advice as to the best course of action to take? To postpone the wedding & work through the issues seems like the most logical path, but my gut feeling tells me that she won't be receptive to that idea. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 24, 2016 - 64 answers

How to be more confident and less socially anxious?

Hello All, I seem be having some low-self esteem issues lately, especially with expressing a fierce opinion, sharing my beliefs, and sharing/explaining my hobbies to others. I have such a difficult time warming up to strangers, that I will excessively worry that I'm not interesting, exciting, and vibrant enough -- I'll shut down and become aloof. I have become withdrawn and reserved -- how can I open up and gain some confidence? [more inside]
posted by RearWindow on Oct 21, 2016 - 6 answers

Resources for someone who feels too much

A friend recently messaged me to ask: "Do you ever get the feeling like you feel absolutely too much about everything and you worry so much that you can't even exist anymore? I feel like I have no barrier to protect myself against all the sad and all the what ifs of the world and maybe I'm faulty." Is this anxiety, or something else? What resources can I point her to while she works toward finding the time and money for therapy? [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on Oct 19, 2016 - 14 answers

Help me cope with/solve an unstable digestive system

I am a woman in my late 20s, and I had my gallbladder removed a couple years ago. I feel better now than I did before the surgery, but my gastrointestinal system has become JUST unstable enough to be a source of anxiety in my life. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 19, 2016 - 21 answers

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