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How to gauge interest and deal with rejection in early stages of dating?

After a pretty rough breakup in January, I'm starting to be open to the idea of dating again. However, I don't find myself romantically attracted to very many people, so when I do find someone I am interested in, I tend to get my hopes up. I started talking to a guy and feel like I am receiving mixed signals - how do I gauge interest and deal with the possibility of rejection after hoping this would work out? [more inside]
posted by Malleable on Aug 2, 2015 - 15 answers

A "Novel Cure" for anxiety about the future?

Inspired by The Novel Cure, I'm wondering if I can get any book recommendations (preferably fiction) that deal with anxiety/worry about the future? [more inside]
posted by modesty.blaise on Jul 29, 2015 - 4 answers

Relaxation Techniques for an Eating Disordered Gal

I am battling an eating disorder and need some strategies to calm down, relieve anxiety and clear my brain before and after meals. [more inside]
posted by mmmleaf on Jul 27, 2015 - 13 answers

Dealing with our child's anxiety-related need for total control

Our adopted child has a crazy need for control and we're worried about how it will impact their socialization in school. [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman on Jul 27, 2015 - 23 answers

How can I adapt to apartment noise?

I've lived in apartments for a long time, but I've always been very easily bothered by noise. My partner is not affected the way I am. Is it possible to train yourself to be more easygoing, like her, when it comes to the noise you inevitably encounter living in the city? [more inside]
posted by teponaztli on Jul 27, 2015 - 21 answers

Should I seek an autism diagnosis?

Should I seek an autism diagnosis? I was assessed for aspergers ten years ago, which was negative for a stated reason that I believe was incorrect, based on my own research into how autism presents in females. Is it worth trying again? [more inside]
posted by bluebell on Jul 26, 2015 - 10 answers

How to tell when people actually don't like me?

I feel like I'm having a hard time making the transition from friends that I see at parties to friends that I can call up for a random happy hour or the like. The anxiety-ridden part of my brain has me convinced that this is because these people don't actually like me. How can I discern the truth and take next steps? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 25, 2015 - 11 answers

Should I switch therapists?

I'm trying to figure out, a few sessions into therapy, whether my feelings of initial apathy, now verging on annoyance, are a reason to consider looking for a new therapist or not. Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by mister pointy on Jul 23, 2015 - 8 answers

Young anxious student out of Lexapro on first trip abroad to London

My young cousin is on her first international trip and also one of her first trips away from home in London on a short study abroad trip. She is supposed to travel home Monday but unexpectedly ran out of Lexapro this week, which she takes for anxiety. She's now incredibly anxious. She was able to alleviate the anxiety by going to see Wicked last night, but now the rest of her weekend is looming ahead of her and she's alone. No earlier flights available. Study abroad program can't/won't help. Can anyone provide advice on emergency NHS assistance for a non EU citizen on a weekend? We're just trying to get her through to her flight home Monday.
posted by anonymous on Jul 18, 2015 - 12 answers

Tips for surviving MRIs as an anxious person

I am having two MRIs with contrast this week and I'm absolutely dreading it. Do you have any tips on how I can make it more bearable? [more inside]
posted by dangerbird on Jul 15, 2015 - 35 answers

From perm to...temp?

I'm wondering if it would make sense to quit my permanent job in order to temp, given my circumstances. Also, any information about what it's like to temp in 2015 would be helpful. [more inside]
posted by silly me on Jul 10, 2015 - 9 answers

My life is empty. Wat do?

19 year old dude here, history of disabling depression and social anxiety, with nothing to occupy his mind. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 10, 2015 - 15 answers

Stay or go: Interview Edition

I applied for a lateral transfer, but would miss significant aspects of my existing job if I took it. I waffled over email after being offered an interview, first declining due to personal reasons and then saying the personal issue was resolved. I'm having trouble parsing what would make me happiest and what professional ramifications would be for either choice (in particular, how insane I look now and/or will look if I back out again now or after the interview.) Thank you in advance and I really appreciate any help I can get. [more inside]
posted by dissolvedgirl22 on Jul 7, 2015 - 2 answers

Therapist Recommendation in Somerville or Cambridge

Could you recommend a therapist in the Somerville/Cambridge area who takes Cigna? [more inside]
posted by Polyhymnia on Jul 7, 2015 - 3 answers

How do I get an evaluation for things like ADD?

I'm an American woman in my mid 30s. I think I might have ADD or something like it, but I don't understand what the procedure is for being evaluated (/diagnosed, if there's something to diagnose). Where do I start? Far too many details follow, sorry. [more inside]
posted by kutsushita nyanko on Jul 5, 2015 - 13 answers

More self-confidence for approaching games and puzzles

I've reached the proverbial straw moment where I'm realizing that, approaching any sort of numbers/critical thinking game or challenge that is meant to be fun, is instead filling me with absolute dread. I find myself becoming incredibly tense and anxious, and very often preemptively angry at myself for OF COURSE being too stupid to pick it up, which means that often I don't even try to pick it up, which then becomes an inescapable feedback loop. I need to change this, please tell me how! [more inside]
posted by erratic meatsack on Jul 2, 2015 - 8 answers

Moving into a house; how to not creep myself out whenever I'm alone?

Are you a big scaredy cat? Do you live in a house with lots of vulnerabilities anyways, and manage to sleep at night? How did you do it? Please hope me. [more inside]
posted by stellaluna on Jul 1, 2015 - 35 answers

Adjusting to life on the outside

... the hospital. On the 16th I left my house to go to work and got a surprise phone call from my doctor to go to the ER based on some test results. Now that I've been trapped in a tiny room, sleep deprived, monitored, scrutinized and terrified for 2 weeks, how can I adjust to Normal life again? [more inside]
posted by lilnublet on Jul 1, 2015 - 20 answers

Can't concentrate at work at all.

I've been going from day job to day job for the past few years. There's always a point where I start to lose focus and my work suffers. Is this a sign that I should leave? Or is something wrong with me? [more inside]
posted by morning_television on Jun 29, 2015 - 4 answers

How can I entertain my shy dog?

My recently adopted Dachshund/Shiba mix is very shy and skittish. He doesn't like toys, chews, sticks, games, or even people food. In addition to walks, which he does love, what can I do to entertain him? [more inside]
posted by juniper on Jun 26, 2015 - 21 answers

How do you tell pulmonary embolism from asthma or anxiety?

Okay, you are not my doctor and I have an appointment with my doctor first thing on Monday but I just want someone to reassure me I won't die over the weekend and don't need to go to the ER. [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess on Jun 26, 2015 - 19 answers

In search of a therapist who is good with creatives in Portland, OR.

I am a working artist and I've been dealing with a ton of anxiety and depression for much of my life, but it's getting particularly rough lately. Portland is a city of creatives, so can someone recommend me an awesome therapist who also understands creative people's problems? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 24, 2015 - 3 answers

Behaving and acting in accordance to my confident self

How to check in with myself so I speak/act/behave from my confident self rather than my insecure self? Any good rules of thumb? I want to avoid behaving in ways that badly affect my friends and family and also, myself rather than acting from anxiety and insecurity and drama and then regretting it. [more inside]
posted by rhythm_queen on Jun 21, 2015 - 6 answers

Studying web development: are my goals reasonable?

I've been studying web development in addition to working full-time, and I'm finding it a pretty tough slog. I'm starting to wonder if my long-term goals are reasonable, and am hoping for a reality check. [more inside]
posted by Sockrates on Jun 21, 2015 - 10 answers

First time woes...

Short version: I had sex for the first time with someone I thought I really liked, but it didn't quite go the way I expected it to and now I'm completely panicking about it. Long version inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 21, 2015 - 12 answers

Techniques for improving memory in older people

I'm looking for ways an older relative can improve his memory, which has become very poor, probably because of anxiety and post-chemotherapy issues. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 18, 2015 - 10 answers

In Search of Happy Thoughts

I noticed a few days ago that when I started reading before bed the nightmares I've been having for the past few months became less exhausting. Now I've run out of reading material and would love recommendations for some quick reads/videos/etc that I could indulge in before bed and when I wake up in the morning so my mind stops fixating on bad stuff. Share with me your happy thoughts, please! [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Jun 16, 2015 - 17 answers

A few points of concern about driving for an anxious person

I struggle with anxiety and ocd and this can make it hard sometimes for me to tell the difference between safe and overly cautious driving. An outside perspective would be extremely helpful. And yes, I am receiving treatment for the aforementioned issues. [more inside]
posted by theshire on Jun 13, 2015 - 14 answers

can females really have it all?

I'm 24 and about to embark on a lot of schooling for a career that I'm passionate about. The loans from said schooling will take me 10+ years to pay back, but my job security will be pretty much guaranteed and I'll have the flexibility to live where I want (i.e., somewhere with low cost of living). However, I'm certain that I want to have children and that I'll want to spend a lot of time with them. Is it silly to pursue a serious career? [more inside]
posted by DayTripper on Jun 13, 2015 - 36 answers

Eccentric and Recluse Poets and Authors?

Greetings. I'm wondering if there are any notable or smaller scale poets and writers that were mainly hermits or eccentric? I'm not picky with the genre, country, or era. [more inside]
posted by RearWindow on Jun 11, 2015 - 24 answers

CS junior, needs recommendations for career path, companies to apply to

I'm about to be a junior in computer science (CS) at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. I'm passionate about programming, but I am also interested in numerous other subfields of technology. I don't like having to rush (at anything -- this post was edited and rewritten many times); I prefer polish, good design, and careful work, where everything is intentionally and thoughtfully crafted. Where should I apply for internships and look for careers? [more inside]
posted by vixsomnis on Jun 11, 2015 - 8 answers

Sharing your journal in therapy

About a month ago, I started therapy (for anxiety, possible depression, and relationship issues), and so far I've been frustrated with my inability to express myself to my therapist. Would it be OK to have her read my journal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 9, 2015 - 12 answers

It was a dream, then got hit with a huge dose of reality. Can we fix it?

My boyfriend (ex-boyfriend? Something in between?) and I fell in love and saw us building a future together. Then chaos erupted with his work and put a strain on us and our relationship. After months of waiting, he has a new position that he has become obsessed with and our relationship was put on the back burner. We still love each other and don't want to walk away completely, so we are currently on a break and I'm confused about where to go from here. (Deeply apologetic for the length, but I wanted to paint the most accurate picture possible... ) [more inside]
posted by heathergro on Jun 5, 2015 - 23 answers

What can I do to deal with anxiety episodes

I would describe them as mini panic attacks. I had a full blown one a couple of times about 10 years ago that were complete agony. Lately I've been feeling the same way I'd feel leading up to those attacks. [more inside]
posted by manderin on May 28, 2015 - 17 answers

How to handle child's OCD/anxiety/?

My daughter is afraid of getting sick and asks everyday about the dangers of different substance. I am unsure of how long to let this go before looking for professional help, even if just to help me not go insane over her behavior. [more inside]
posted by turtlefu on May 26, 2015 - 18 answers

Bedtime is in 3 hours. Help me sleep tonight.

I had a terrible fight with a loved one today, and my stress levels are sky-high (to the point of nausea). At this rate, I'm not sure I'll be able to sleep tonight. Bedtime is in three hours - Please help me get to sleep. [more inside]
posted by BuddyBoo on May 25, 2015 - 33 answers

Advice for 10-year-old who wants to go home

We are taking care of our neice, who is 10 years old, on our family vacation. Her mom, a single parent, needed help this week so we offered. We knew neice had some separation anxiety, but we were assured that neice was much better and excited about the trip. Unfortunately, neice has been very unhappy at certain times and last night (our first full day here) she sobbed for an hour and begged to go home. [more inside]
posted by dawg-proud on May 25, 2015 - 20 answers

Help me hate travel less

I particularly hate flying. I'm also not good at being in strange places, but the flying is my big concern at the moment. I have to fly in a few days and even though this is a trip for fun, that I expect to enjoy (in between the flights), I am filled with dread when I think about it. [more inside]
posted by bunderful on May 24, 2015 - 19 answers

I would like to stop feeling and living like this.

How does a constant hypochondriac and anxiety sufferer just live and feel like a regular person? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 21, 2015 - 18 answers

How do I stop worrying about my loved ones getting hurt?

I can't stop envisioning scenarios in which people I care about get into horrific car/train/plane accidents or get sick and die. How do I accept my powerlessness to protect my loved ones 100% beyond the shadow of a doubt and just live with it? [more inside]
posted by Guinevere on May 13, 2015 - 12 answers

How to not think about relationship troubles

I'm in a serious relationship that might be ending. How do I let myself not have constant anxious thoughts about this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 11, 2015 - 8 answers

How to deal with extreme anxiety over loved ones' well-being?

I have a lifelong pattern of extreme anxiety attacks and imagining the worst when people I'm close to are not where they say they will be at the time they say they will be there and unreachable. It escalates quickly into a terror that they are dead and at worst ends in uncontrollable shaking and crying. How can I mitigate this? [more inside]
posted by Beethoven's Sith on May 11, 2015 - 5 answers

Am I being silly?

I'm having conflicting desires regarding my future. Is this a 'the grass is greener' scenario, or should I be making changes to my life? Complication: anxiety. [more inside]
posted by toerinishuman on May 11, 2015 - 15 answers

Please Help Me Fail.

I need to screw up a couple of times. Once I do, I'll realize it's not the end of the world, and I will be able to stop keeping everything on hold. But I've been on hold for most of my life, paralyzed and afraid to move for fear of not getting it perfectly right. How do I bring myself to put forth the effort to do the scary thing, even knowing that that's the only way I can make it stop being scary? [more inside]
posted by Because on May 11, 2015 - 28 answers

dylarama

How do I request therapy that's more medically/concretely focused without being perceived as drug-seeking or noncompliant? Complication: previous use of diverted psychiatric drugs. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 10, 2015 - 6 answers

Lower my expectations!

I have bipolar II disorder and anxiety that's led me to recognize that my dreams are not realistic. What are good careers for people with mental health issues, how can I adjust my goals and expectations accordingly? [more inside]
posted by cosmic owl on May 9, 2015 - 19 answers

How Can I Care Less and Move On?

Is this normal? I often have anxiety about my kids. I need perspective. [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on May 9, 2015 - 14 answers

The worms crawl in and the worms crawl out

I am having a weird symptom lately that I don't know whether to attribute to depression, anxiety, or aging. Namely, I can't stop thinking about death and dying. I'm 26 and I am constantly thinking about how I could die at any moment and time is running out for me (and my loved ones). [more inside]
posted by easter queen on May 8, 2015 - 10 answers

How to stop negative rumination?

Greetings. I seem to have a terrible case of negative rumination and I cannot impede my negative thoughts at all; this jeopardizing my work ethic and academic studies. I would greatly appreciate some pragmatic tips and positive thinking advice. I'm not sure how to stay optimistic and positive about the world and myself. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 8, 2015 - 16 answers

How to cope with my terror of uncertainty in my mid-20s

How do I enjoy and make the most of my life, when it is so full of uncertainty? What are some strategies for tolerating and living with uncertainty, rather than being afraid of and fighting it? Details/specific situation inside [more inside]
posted by armadillo1224 on May 6, 2015 - 25 answers

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