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Mania, Anxiety, and Panic, oh my!!

How do I know when what I'm feeling is simple anxiety, when it's an oncoming panic attack, or when it's becoming a manic episode, as it's coming on, rather than looking back with 20/20 hindsight and going, "Well, duh"? Blizzard inside. [more inside]
posted by The Almighty Mommy Goddess on Dec 27, 2014 - 10 answers

Finding friends in Fresno?

My mother moved to Fresno 4 years ago, to be near her sister. She likes it here, more or less. However, she is 65, single, bored, and I have run out of suggestions. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by ananci on Sep 20, 2014 - 11 answers

Coping with anxiety?

I have a number of psychiatric diagnoses, mostly involving panic and anxiety, but also throwing in depression, OCD, and (perhaps) conversion disorder. Everything's acting up right now. Appointment with a psychiatrist isn't until late October. How do I cope until then? [more inside]
posted by The Almighty Mommy Goddess on Sep 5, 2014 - 18 answers

Oh, just get over it!

I am a public librarian. Sometimes I have to deal with problem patrons, and on rare occasions, those interactions turn ugly, and I have to ask the person to leave the building, etc. The problem is, I get upset, and then I get all flushed and shaky and worst of all, I cry. And when that happens, I can't really go off by myself and get composed -- I'm usually at the reference desk alone, so I can't be away for more than a minute or two. I've read previous AskMe questions about avoiding the crying, and have tried a lot of those tricks -- what I'd really like is to avoid getting so emotionally upset in the first place. [more inside]
posted by sarcasticah on May 19, 2014 - 42 answers

Help me hold it together for the next 3 weeks

I have a history of anxiety, but two years ago began feeling well enough that I stopped all medication and treatment, and did fine until the past couple of weeks, when I experienced a trigger (dental pain). The teeth and the pain are getting taken care of--but the anxiety just continues to balloon out of control. I can't eat, I can't sleep, I am just a thrumming, chain-smoking ball of nerves. I missed work for the first time over this today, and know I need help. So I am seeking it: I have scheduled an appointment with a psychiatrist--my previous one moved away--but his first available is in 3 weeks. (His office advised me to go to the ER if I needed help before the appointment.) So now I just have to hold it together between now and then so I don't completely lose my mind or miss enough work to threaten my job. Oh, HiveMind, please help me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 4, 2013 - 7 answers

"Children almost always hang onto things tighter than their parents think they will." Right? RIGHT?!

Our daughter has come to an age where she wants to try more and more thrilling amusement park rides. We have come to an age where we don't. How do parents with their own fears let their kids go and have fun on the thrill rides, when accompanying them is becoming less and less of an option? And, if the anxieties are such that even watching them from the ground is too gut-wrenching, and sitting at home while the kiddo goes with others is still quite nerve-wracking, what might work to deal with those fears? [more inside]
posted by peagood on Aug 2, 2012 - 43 answers

Help me keep helping my wife deal with long-term unemployment.

The psychological fallout of my wife's 13-month unemployment is going to make me crack. Please help me deal. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 14, 2012 - 31 answers

Coping with waiting for bad news

How to cope with anxiety while waiting for bad news, especially when you don't know when the bad news is coming. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 22, 2012 - 15 answers


my low self esteem is hurting my relationship. I am in therapy, but need fast fixes/amelioration and ways to reduce the burden on my partner while I pursue longterm change. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 15, 2011 - 16 answers

If I give in, I'm giving in to all the cute, fuzzy bunnies in the world.

All of the places I trust to provide comfort and security, in any form, are imploding. I've already been existing in coping mode; what can I do now (particularly day-to-day)? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Feb 15, 2011 - 10 answers

How can I cope with strong negative emotions without overeating?

How can I cope with strong negative emotions without overeating? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 10, 2010 - 19 answers

What sort of coping methods or strategies helped you deal with social anxiety or agoraphobia

What sort of coping methods or strategies helped you deal with social anxiety or agoraphobia? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on May 8, 2010 - 9 answers

Building confidence in my ability to overcome adversity

I've concluded that my generalized anxiety comes from a lack of confidence in my ability to cope with adversity. How can I change this? [more inside]
posted by Ringo on Jul 15, 2008 - 12 answers

Bad news - can anything make the wait any easier?

Hints on easing the wait for bad news. With complications, and a story about my cat. [more inside]
posted by MadMage on Jun 25, 2008 - 20 answers

How can my girlfriend reduce her anxiety so I can go out socially?

For the past few months my girlfriend has felt very anxious when I have discussed going to out any social event with my friends, so I have been staying at home which makes her feel guilty but has been the only way she could cope. She wants to get better but doesn't know any skills or techniques for reducing anxiety that would help her, and her feelings of guilt only make things harder. Of course there's deep background inside. [more inside]
posted by AuroraSky on Feb 18, 2008 - 12 answers

coping calmly with change thru catharsis

About to go through a big life change, and I want to get through it the best I can. [more inside]
posted by lucyleaf on Dec 18, 2007 - 13 answers

Pregnancy is Weird, isn't it?

Being pregnant is easily the weirdest experience of my life. How did you cope? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Nov 16, 2007 - 30 answers

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