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No, really, I like writing...

Even after my anxiety has decreased significantly, creative activity of any kind still makes me extremely anxious. These things used to be very interesting and fulfilling, and now I can't even think about them on a regular basis without worrying excessively. How can I get rid of this? [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Feb 27, 2015 - 11 answers

How can I survive a miserable and unfulfilling job?

I am stuck in a terrible job, with patronizing and rude coworkers and bosses, challenging responsibilities, and low compensation. It's making me sick, turning me into an alcoholic and an insomniac, but I'm afraid to leave because of financial burdens. What can I do? Where can I draw the line between financial responsibility and my own well-being? [more inside]
posted by summertimesadness1988 on Feb 25, 2015 - 13 answers

How to stop this downward spiral?

I am sick of feeling miserable. [more inside]
posted by jenh526 on Feb 24, 2015 - 24 answers

What, Me Worry?

I tend to obsessively brood about things -- usually frustrations or conflicts at work -- and I want to know how to leave that alone so I am not stressed out all the time thinking through situations I can do nothing to solve. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 18, 2015 - 13 answers

Being disciplined vs. not forcing it?

These days all the literature on creativity/productivity emphasizes routines and unromantic workmanlike discipline. Forget inspiration and "just do it!" But more often than not, when I put my butt in the chair to get down to business… Nothing. Happens. [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Feb 17, 2015 - 14 answers

Going to protests/marches alone and social anxiety

There are a lot of protests and marches I would like to attend, but none of my friends are interested in going. [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Feb 14, 2015 - 13 answers

midlife crisis? minor Major Depression? bad habits?

I have been struggling with lethargy, lack of interest, procrastination, and some sadness after not-so-recent transitions in my life and would like help with diagnosis and suggestions for next steps. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 14, 2015 - 14 answers

How do I get myself out of this rut?

I’m in a rut. I focus so hard on what I dislike about myself and my situation that I can’t motivate myself to get out of it. How do I stop dwelling on these things? How do I start? Lots of self-centered complaints inside. [more inside]
posted by The Man Who Wore the Sock on Feb 13, 2015 - 23 answers

10 Weeks Suffering with Pelvic Pain

You are not my doctor, but if anyone could possibly shed any light on what I've been dealing with for the past 2+ months it would be greatly appreciated. I'm a 38-year-old male and my symptoms appear to be urological in nature, but I'm not certain as to the root cause. I've visited three urologists, a chiropractor and a physiotherapist, but to no avail. [more inside]
posted by Tenacious.Me.Tokyo on Feb 10, 2015 - 6 answers

Has anyone cured lifelong Depression, Anxiety and OCD?

I am a 36 year old male. I have had OCD, Depression and Anxiety as far back as I can remember. I have done everything that I can to treat it - multiple medications, multiple therapists and a slew of naturopathic treatments Is there any hope for me? [more inside]
posted by kbbbo on Feb 8, 2015 - 16 answers

Curious about others' experiences with anti-depressants for anxiety.

What is taking anti-depressants for anxiety like for you? What were your concerns getting on the meds, and did you find that they were warranted? Do you regret or feel grateful that you tried the meds? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 6, 2015 - 25 answers

Mental health resources for a Federal employee working in California?

I'm a federal employee working in California. I just had an anxiety attack at work. I think I need space to regroup mentally and emotionally. What options are open to me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 6, 2015 - 6 answers

Sleep is my religion, but it's not his.

My husband snores loudly (85db peaks). I'm a light sleeper, and have general anxiety and PTSD issues that are exacerbated by lack of sleep. I can't sacrifice my mental health to the snoring! I'm perfectly happy sleeping in another room, and this was part of the deal when we got married. Now he's really upset about it. I don't need solutions for the snoring, just for the anger and upset it's causing in our home. [more inside]
posted by Bottlecap on Feb 6, 2015 - 57 answers

Extended probation at work. Can I come back from this?

Started a new job that I was super excited about a few months ago. It's been overwhelming. I've worked long, long days, and tried really hard, but I dropped some (big, visible) balls because I misprioritized. Worse, I didn't ask for help figuring out what was important. Now I'm on extended probation. I'm so worried that I won't be able to change their opinions of me. [more inside]
posted by my puppet has socks on Feb 3, 2015 - 13 answers

Can mental health issues be serious even if you're not suicidal?

This question in September was me, and months later I am still really struggling, even after a medication change. My quality of life is definitely being impacted, but I just cannot get past the thought that since I'm not suicidal, I'm not psychotic, I've never been hospitalized, I have a job, I maintain a home and hygiene, I have great relationships - all of this means that my mental illness must be pretty minor, all things considered. [more inside]
posted by Neely O'Hara on Feb 1, 2015 - 27 answers

Should I use my real name to write about sex and Asperger's Syndrome?

I've been writing for a year and a half. I'm proud of my work, which is pretty obscure so far but some people like it and I'd like to try to go somewhere with it. (I'm in my late twenties if that makes a difference.) I just got published in an erotic anthology that's kind of a big deal. I also write essays for a high-traffic website. I think I'd have a wider audience if I used my real name. But I'm worried about discrimination because it's pretty sensitive material. [more inside]
posted by tuberose on Feb 1, 2015 - 15 answers

How do I make a bad experience not be a big problem?

If you skim my question history, you'll notice that I have anxiety about medications that might make me feel high, extra-alert, whatever. Today at the dentist I got a few nice big shots of epinephrine as an additional painkiller and they fucked me up--sobbing panic attack for a couple hours, not fun. I'm feeling mostly okay now, but really don't want to have this bad experience turn into another point of anxiety for me. What can I do to make this just a crappy morning instead of a Big Deal that gets added to my (brief but potent) list of triggers? [more inside]
posted by c'mon sea legs on Jan 30, 2015 - 10 answers

Anxiety/ADHD in Boston

I was diagnosed with anxiety and ADHD out of state. Where could I go in Boston to get meds as quickly as possible? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu on Jan 30, 2015 - 8 answers

I am a man of many interests... with no idea how to talk about them.

How can I become more comfortable talking about myself and sharing my interests with others? [more inside]
posted by thornhill on Jan 29, 2015 - 15 answers

Under what circumstances do the chemicals in matches react?

I lit a match yesterday. I am afraid that the matchbox and everything the match touched will spontaneously ignite. Please reassure me with science, or, failing that, tell me what to do to avoid spontaneous ignition. Thank you very much! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 28, 2015 - 14 answers

Severe job hunting anxiety

I have always experienced crippling anxiety whenever I've tried applying for jobs, so I've stayed in the same lousy job for years just to avoid it. Now that lousy job is ending due to layoffs, so I have to get over this somehow. I have already tried therapy and I'm on anti-anxiety medication. What else can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 28, 2015 - 12 answers

how I learned to stop worrying and love the gym

Have bitten the bullet and joined a new gym. Just going there to sign up and take a tour of the facilities was enough to make me feel inadequate. I didn't see a single person there who looked like me. I need help with silencing the negative self-talk, because I really do want to stick with it. Any advice for a frightened, fat gym noob? Success stories, words of inspiration? Or just what you wish you knew when you started out? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Jan 27, 2015 - 51 answers

Scared of attraction.

29 year old heterosexual male. I believe that I have social anxiety when it comes to talking to women I am attracted to - perhaps more than normal. This has meant very little sex or relationships throughout my life. Practical ideas for dealing with this would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 25, 2015 - 18 answers

Finding translation customers at trade fair?

How do I network/find new customers at a consumer trade fair, and is it a good idea at all? [more inside]
posted by runincircles on Jan 23, 2015 - 2 answers

Confused about dating, too fickle to live

If anyone wants to help me with my weird confusion about dating, read on.. . [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Jan 23, 2015 - 13 answers

Parenting an Anxious Kid

My 4 year old seems to be considerably more anxious, perfectionistic, and emotional than his peers. Do you have a kid like this? WERE you a kid like this? Give me your secrets to helping him develop coping skills. [more inside]
posted by tchemgrrl on Jan 21, 2015 - 24 answers

Legit online therapy for anxiety?

For anyone who has done online therapy, was your experience useful? Any specific recommendations or tips for finding something that is legitimate? I am particularly interested in therapy that can be done over instant messaging. [more inside]
posted by picardythird on Jan 21, 2015 - 8 answers

Is my Adderall treating my ADHD?

My Adderall prescription works great for me. But increasingly, it feels like its functional effect on me is less about attention and focus, and more about depressive/anxious tendencies I have. Is this a problem? Does anyone have experience around this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 20, 2015 - 13 answers

Could I have got to the age of 30 with undiagnosed ADHD?

The more I hear or read about the symptoms of ADD/ADHD the more I wonder if it could explain some of my personality traits. Does it sound like it could be, and is there any value in getting it professionally assessed? 'Symptoms' under the cut.. [more inside]
posted by Dorothea_in_Rome on Jan 17, 2015 - 14 answers

Car dealership majorly screwing me over -- help!

MeFites, I'm 26/f and know squat about car repairs, except to know that I'm too broke to keep paying for the same problem to be fixed multiple times. Dealerships are evil. Let's discuss. [more inside]
posted by themaskedwonder on Jan 14, 2015 - 19 answers

We Need Words of Encouragement

On anxiety and medication for the modern man. [more inside]
posted by polly_dactyl on Jan 13, 2015 - 17 answers

How do you know if you're making the right decision or self-sabotaging?

Anxious people: how do you decipher when anxiety is getting the best of you, or if something just isn't right? In your experience, can guilt/anxiety prevent you from feeling full love? If I let him go, it's permanent, and I'm 100% terrified to make a mistake that hurts us both forever. [more inside]
posted by sandj2014 on Jan 12, 2015 - 30 answers

Tricks to settle down in the evenings and improve sleep while pregnant?

Hello! I am just starting my second trimester and the evenings and nights are a tricky time for me. I am not mentally worried about anything and feel very positive about being pregnant, but physically I feel pretty funny at night. My legs get restless, I feel tense and tight... I run too cold and then too warm. My clothes don't feel right- tags and seams bother me, I end up changing a few times in the evenings and I get itchy. Food doesn't seem to sit right and I get a sickly feeling in my stomach. Did you feel this way? How long? What helped? Mental tricks or games? [more inside]
posted by catspajammies on Jan 10, 2015 - 13 answers

Dealing with anxiety and self-doubt as a new public defender

I got my "dream job." I love it and don't want to do anything else. It is also completely insane and impossible. Help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 4, 2015 - 13 answers

How to escalate small talk to medium talk?

I met this great guy in NYC on everyone's favorite dating website. We've been out a few weekends in a row and had a great time together, but I'm running in to a sort of roadblock, conversationally. We are both introverted and quiet, and we both find small talk is insanely boring. [more inside]
posted by Kestrelxo on Jan 4, 2015 - 16 answers

How can I forgive myself for wasting so much time?

I basically spent the past nine years of my life skimming forum posts and otherwise wasting my time on the Internet. How can I get past this and stop hating myself? [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Jan 3, 2015 - 31 answers

How do I deal with people that complain?

I have a variety of issues to deal with, but the one that's been bothering me the most lately is that I can't stand being around people who complain, even if it's not directed at me. As an example if a friend complains about a bad dish and sends it back, even if they're completely justified, I get really uncomfortable and feel strong anxiety. I can't deal with my cat whining or someone else's kids crying. How do I learn to deal with this better? [more inside]
posted by JZig on Jan 2, 2015 - 9 answers

The confidence to sing and play guitar

I've got a decent voice. I've got a mechanical understanding of acoustic guitar playing. But I can't sing a simple folk song (even if I'm alone in the house), though I want to. How do I start? [more inside]
posted by A Friend of Dug [sock] on Jan 1, 2015 - 16 answers

Preferably not a Lacanian

I am looking for a good therapist in NYC who has experience with the anxiety/avoidance/ADD nexus. I'm biased towards cognitive therapy but open to other modalities. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 31, 2014 - 3 answers

Anger Diary, Day 4012

Starting in late August, I have been posting here about my increasingly constant irritability/anger, a lot of which comes up in conjunction with PTSD and/or being bipolar. When I do get through to the mental health center to try to talk about my symptoms, nurses just tell me things like “people don’t die from being angry” and don’t address my horrible quality of life. How do I get my healthcare team to take my symptoms seriously? And is there anything, medical or nonmedical, that might help? [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Dec 28, 2014 - 18 answers

Should I take medication for anxiety?

It's extremely unpleasant and has not gotten better after two years of "working through it", but it's technically "mild". Is it bad enough to try meds? [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Dec 27, 2014 - 26 answers

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

Envious and fixating

How do I get over the envy that my boyfriend has had more exciting life experiences than I have, when I'm hypersensitive to every reminder? [more inside]
posted by sockitysock on Dec 25, 2014 - 20 answers

Conversation stopper

How do i deal with my cousin's "magic conversation stopper?" [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain on Dec 24, 2014 - 35 answers

how to deal with the un-deal-with-able

This is sort of a meta-question about how to deal with the un-deal-with-able, because I know there's no real answer here. My doctor believes that I have an immune disorder. It's not a sure thing, but that's their suspicion based on some health problems I've been having. I just don't know what to do with myself. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 22, 2014 - 16 answers

Was this a weird thing to do or am I just having major anxiety?

How can I escape a spiraling anxiety and shame based mood and be realistic? I'm drivong myself crazy. [more inside]
posted by anon1129 on Dec 20, 2014 - 29 answers

Made a mistake last night - how to improve the situation

I'm crushing hardcore on a co-worker. I've put him on a pedestal (he is genuinely a very nice, very great guy). I work in a tightly knit sales environment and have made a few close friends here. I struggle hard with depression, insecurities, loneliness, drug addiction, all kinds of issues. I've been obsessively thinking about this guy, fantasizing and re-playing any situations over and over again in my head. It's been bad. Yesterday, I went out with a bunch of people from work to the club, proceeded to get very wasted, and made a few terrible decisions. Can you help me mitigate them or offer me guidance? [more inside]
posted by rhythm_queen on Dec 13, 2014 - 62 answers

How can I let people know I'm claustrophobic?

People throw around the term claustrophobic to describe tight or otherwise uncomfortable spaces. I actually am claustrophobic, to the point where I'll have panic attacks or come close to blacking out. How can I make this clear to people like my landlord who do not understand the severity of the problem? Would a diagnosis help? [more inside]
posted by quiet earth on Dec 12, 2014 - 32 answers

How do I mindfulness?

The stock answer to everyone who's posted an Ask about being stressed or anxious lately has been "Mindfulness! Meditation!" But, um, what does that mean, exactly? Please share anecdotes, techniques, references. What - exactly - did you do, and how did it help? Walk me through this like I'm five. [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Dec 12, 2014 - 42 answers

Diet for anxiety and stress

Are there any proven specific diets that helps for constant stress and acute anxiety? What about supplements? Or do you have personal experience with anxiety and stress being helped with a certain way of eating in your life? [more inside]
posted by kanata on Dec 9, 2014 - 33 answers

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