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Social Anxiety? General Anxiety? Medication?

I've been struggling with general anxiety my entire life, however it's been getting out of control lately. I also have random social anxiety and obsessive thinking mixed in. Looking for people's experiences and whether or not medication has helped. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 22, 2016 - 16 answers

Romance and uncertainty part two

I have clarified some of my feelings and done some self-work on this relationship, but I'm having trouble trusting myself and my insights. [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Jan 18, 2016 - 10 answers

How to make these good feelings last....forever

Feeling a breakthrough in my depression. Damn, this feels good. I’m getting more actively engaged with life, and I feel happy about myself. To be honest, I don’t remember feeling this good. But there’s this underlying fear – how do I make it last? And how do I avoid the destructive thought patterns that got me here in the first place, especially during times that’ll inevitably be harder than being 23 with very little responsibility? [more inside]
posted by rhythm_queen on Jan 14, 2016 - 9 answers

Wait, you like me? Why?

I have developed a sort of uncertain romantic situation with a girl at my college. It's really the first time that I've been close to anyone in this way, or at all, and I am afraid that my self-hatred and self-absorption is getting in the way of a proper human relationship, as friends or otherwise. [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Jan 9, 2016 - 13 answers

Therapist recommendations in NYC

Hello all, Yet another therapist recommendation question. This time my own! [more inside]
posted by gehenna_lion on Dec 31, 2015 - 8 answers

grad school coping mechanisms

I'm halfway done with an intense 1 yr biology MS intended to get people into med/dental school. There are less than 20 people in the program, making me feel like I'm existing in some bizarre microcosm where everything I do (particularly grades/academics-wise) is under scrutiny. My classmates are competitive in a way that I'm not used to and don't like. I'm dreading my second semester. Help me make it through successfully. [more inside]
posted by DayTripper on Dec 28, 2015 - 10 answers

Tell me this isn't limerence

I have been pretty sure I like this girl for a while now, and now that the issue has been raised and left unresolved, I'm in crisis mode and don't know what I'm feeling. [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Dec 13, 2015 - 12 answers

One damn thing after another, right?

I have no idea how to even put one foot in front of the other. [more inside]
posted by The Noble Goofy Elk on Dec 11, 2015 - 13 answers

How can I feel grateful for things I don't feel I deserve?

Keeping a gratitude journal is supposed to make you feel happier, but instead it frequently fills me with guilt and shame because it reminds me that my life is full of good things I've done nothing to deserve. How can I allow myself to be happy about the good things in my life? [more inside]
posted by cortisol on Nov 19, 2015 - 31 answers

Fear of loneliness *and* fear of dating

I'm terrified of loneliness and terrified of dating. Needless to say, I'm wound up most of the time. What can I do about this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 19, 2015 - 7 answers

Making friends when you're 30

I am a single dad currently functioning as a transplant in a new city. I've been here a year, but haven't had much luck in meeting people. ❅ ❄ ❆ inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 14, 2015 - 12 answers

Why does taking a Klonopin ease my desire to cry?

Has anyone else experienced this? I take Klonopin for anxiety, but I've discovered that it takes away my crying urges. I find that strange because I have never thought of or experienced my anxiety being linked to crying before. [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Nov 9, 2015 - 12 answers

Interstate Intervention?

The shit has hit the fan. The plane has crashed into the mountain. My out-of-town sister needs help for her drinking, depression and anxiety above and beyond what her loved ones or twice-a-week therapy can provide. Since interventions don't work, how do I get her the help she needs? [more inside]
posted by Pearl928 on Nov 3, 2015 - 14 answers

How to remain positive while unemployed?

The stress of unemployment and the possibility of not having anymore money to live off of is taking its toll on our health. We seek the support of career coaches and therapists, we apply to jobs, we do the interviews, but almost always another candidate is chosen for the position. How does remain hopeful while in this seemingly endless cycle? [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend on Oct 30, 2015 - 4 answers

Should a hypochondriac take SSRIs?

My depression and anxiety are getting out of control, and I think medication would help. However, I'm also a massive hypochondriac as part of my anxiety problem, and I'm really worried about the side effects. Is it worth giving meds a shot anyway? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 27, 2015 - 16 answers

Best Practices for Depression

I'm on the upswing(fingers crossed) after a year-long bout with depression. Finally found the right combination of medication + therapy to help me get to a slightly better place. However, now that I finally have the energy to start improving myself, I'm at a loss of what to do. I'm looking for concrete life changes that I can make now that I have the motivation to better. Anything with scientific data attached is ideal, although anecdata is appreciated as well. [more inside]
posted by aleatorictelevision on Oct 27, 2015 - 8 answers

My anxiety and depression are ruining my life, what do I do now?

I have struggled, periodically, with depression. I was always able to manage it. There have been some situations in my life where I've taken anti-depressants because the depression was a little more debilitating. more inside... [more inside]
posted by getyourlife on Oct 24, 2015 - 4 answers

Vitamin B breaking me out! HELP!

Vitamin B has really helped to improve my mental state, I don't want to stop taking it but it's breaking me out. Do you have any alternatives? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Oct 21, 2015 - 7 answers

Mid-life crisis: existential or situational?

I just turned 40 and am deeply conflicted about where I am in life. Is this something I should just sit out or do I need to make changes? [more inside]
posted by socksister on Oct 9, 2015 - 15 answers

Is this depression or am I just being dramatic?

Can I technically be depressed if I'm still finding joy and comfort in my relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 1, 2015 - 15 answers

Am I doing money wrong?

I feel like I go from one financial juicebox to another. I can't save money, am trapped in an unpleasant job situation as a result, and the whole mess has me frankly pretty depressed. Is there anything at all that can be done? Warning: long woe-is-me descriptions within. [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Oct 1, 2015 - 39 answers

How can I support parents supporting a depressed and anxious son?

My teenage brother has been struggling with pretty severe anxiety and depression for the last ~9 months; while my parents are being (in my view) amazing caregivers for him, I think they're both suffering from a lack of self-care, optimism, and support. What resources can I point them to, and what can I do, to help them with this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 26, 2015 - 5 answers

Why can't I sleep and what can I do to sleep?

Starting when I was a teenager I have had trouble sleeping, but this has only become worse as I have become an adult. Now, without the use of medication and even with them, I feel chronically fatigued. [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend on Sep 24, 2015 - 12 answers

Why do I get sick of every job after about 6 months?

I've worked in software QA for the past five years. I've gotten sick of the last three jobs I've had, each after about 6 months. It could be a result of significant changes to the work environment each time, but I'm starting to think it's just me. [more inside]
posted by seiryuu on Sep 23, 2015 - 13 answers

Depressed and Anxious - Unmotivated unless I take a Tranqulizer

This seems counter-intuitive so I thought I'd search out insight as to why this happens. I have been treated for depression with anxiety for over 20 years and for the most part, my daily medicine helps me function like a normal person. I find that I tire very easily and after having explored and corrected regular medical reasons (Low D) I still feel like coming home after work and doing absolutely nothing. It feels therapeutic to crawl into bed even though my heart and stomach feel full of anxious energy. [more inside]
posted by Snackpants on Sep 23, 2015 - 9 answers

Depression and Anxiety as it prevents you from doing what you want

I hope some of you can speak to a specific area of depression that I see expressed in various examples but don't know exactly what to call it. I am hoping for tips on overcoming this specific aspect while I work on the larger problem. [more inside]
posted by tcv on Sep 20, 2015 - 10 answers

Sam-E, Ashwagandha, etc: Supplements that help depression/anxiety?

I suffer from anxiety, anhedonia and depression. I just had to wean off of yet another AD, and am tired of searching a medication that treats my symptoms with minimal side effects. My therapist suggested looking into Sam-e and ashwagandha in the meantime, and my psych doc said it would be worth a try. Has anyone had success with supplements such as Sam-E? What did you take, and did you notice a difference? I'm trying to sort through what is scientifically-backed and what is woo. Anecdata is welcome as well. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 2, 2015 - 18 answers

Where can I find a support group in Boston for people with depression?

I am currently living in the outskirts of Boston (Waltham area) and am able to commute to the city very readily. I am looking for a support group, of the type that is similar to AA, where individuals are in a collective environment and discuss their struggles with depression and other affective mood disorders. The only things I have been able to find are group sessions that are part of a doctor’s treatment which cost money that I currently do not have. [more inside]
posted by caudal on Sep 2, 2015 - 3 answers

Perfectionism, procrastination and panic: finishing essay under pressure

UK university filter: I have to finish two much-overdue essays very quickly. How to best shut down my mind (while anxious and depressed) from procrastinating and indulging in perfectionism / "analysis paralysis) [more inside]
posted by runincircles on Sep 1, 2015 - 7 answers

Do antidepressants give you a false illusion of life?

I am on lexapro and wellbutrin. They have worked out well. Lexapro in making me relaxed and not sweat the small stuff, and wellbutrin gives me a kick of energy and happiness. But...is this real? [more inside]
posted by marciainabox on Aug 24, 2015 - 30 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Do I Antidepressant? Tracking success/side effects of medication

I'm working with a psychiatrist to try antidepressants for anxiety in combination with my ongoing work with a therapist. He's started me on a low dose of Cymbalta and says I may need to try a variety of antidepressants before I find out what works. If you take medications for mood/anxiety, how do you track their effects on you to figure out if something is working or not? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 3, 2015 - 10 answers

Seattle-area therapist for depression-related problems

I would like recommendations for a Seattle-area therapist for depression/anxiety problems. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 28, 2015 - 1 answer

I'm hitting rock bottom. How do I pull myself back up?

Everything in my life seems to be spiraling out of control. I'm afraid I'll hit rock bottom soon and will need to rebuild my whole life. Help me not go crazy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 28, 2015 - 17 answers

Finding a therapist who will help me develop a thicker skin

How do I find a therapist who will help me develop a thicker skin regarding failure during the job hunt and keep me on a positive track? [more inside]
posted by sockomatic on Apr 24, 2015 - 3 answers

Should I try to help a new friend who I believe is mentally ill?

I recently met a really nice, intelligent, fun girl my age. She believes her coworker, whom I've never met, is trying to ruin her life. Because of this belief, she is fleeing her job and even her apartment. I have reason to suspect it's all in her head. Should I meddle or simply turn a blind eye? I feel bad because I really, really like this girl and want her to get professional help. [more inside]
posted by Guinevere on Apr 21, 2015 - 47 answers

Is there light at the end of this tunnel?

So, I am in the middle of a horrible depression/anxiety thing (some of you may remember my question from a few weeks ago when it had just started). I really need some encouragement that there is light at the end of my tunnel. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Apr 21, 2015 - 31 answers

How can I navigate a very challenging living situation?

My parents are controlling, manipulative, and verbally abusive, but I cannot afford to leave. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by summertimesadness1988 on Apr 17, 2015 - 35 answers

Books to explain depression?

I want my family and friends to better understand what I'm going through when I'm depressed and/or anxious. Are there good books (fiction or nonfiction) that explain what being clinically depressed is like? [more inside]
posted by Political Funny Man on Apr 10, 2015 - 16 answers

"Exercise, eat right, and all your problems will be solved," they said!

I have bad PMS or PMDD symptoms lasting two weeks out of every month. Hormonal birth helps a lot, but also causes frequent migraine headaches. Where do I go from here? [more inside]
posted by theraflu on Mar 16, 2015 - 11 answers

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