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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

Coping with email anxiety

I have severe email anxiety and it is having repercussions for my work. I'm not sure what to do. [more inside]
posted by D+ on Apr 20, 2015 - 29 answers

Need a reccomendation for a CBT therapist in Vancouver, BC.

I need some suggestions for psychologists in Vancouver BC, preferably someone who is in the downtown area. I have no idea where to start with choosing someone and would rather not just pick someone randomly from Google. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 19, 2015 - 1 answer

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

In which we make me a less nervous person.

I have now three times in my life developed stress-activated autoimmune problems. The first two times were during huge life changes, and the conditions completely abated after a few months, but today I just got diagnosed with another one, yet there is nothing specifically stressful happening right now. [more inside]
posted by millipede on Apr 17, 2015 - 15 answers

Why do I keep unconsciously holding my breath??

Lately I keep noticing that I'm practically holding my breath. It feels like it might be an anxiety thing? What gives and how do I train myself out of it? [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Apr 16, 2015 - 14 answers

Obsessive thoughts after a messy break up

Finally ended things for good with my ex-boyfriend after a long, drawn out break up and feeling down along with obsessive thoughts. How can I feel better about these thoughts and quiet them? Many more details inside. [more inside]
posted by koolaidnovel on Apr 16, 2015 - 12 answers

Had an anxiety attack in front of a girl I like who's just a friend

How do you come back from an emasculating, embarrassing event where you most likely weirded out a friend, particularly a friend you have feelings for? Should I just not look back and run, because that's how I'm feeling right now... it's fight or flight, and I'm not showing up to a smackdown. [long] [more inside]
posted by ggp88 on Apr 15, 2015 - 39 answers

28 weeks - Help me get through the rest of my high risk pregnacy

I'm dealing with some health issues while being pregnant, and I just don't know how I'm going to get through the rest of it! [more inside]
posted by Rocket26 on Apr 13, 2015 - 16 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

Getting Back Into Reading

I love to read and have been a quick reader in the past. However, since I've dealt with so much anxiety/depression/PTSD the past few years, my ability to finish a book has suffered greatly. I frequently pick up books and abandon them even if I like them. Now that I'm feeling better and able to function more, I want to finish some of the books that have been on my list for ages. Does anybody have suggestions for rebuilding a reading habit? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Apr 3, 2015 - 17 answers

How do I talk to authority figures?

I have difficulty interacting comfortably with people I see as authority figures, like professors and senior figures in the legal profession. (My job requires me to do both pretty often - I'm a junior academic and my research involves talking to judges and lawyers). I sometimes get the sense I make them feel uncomfortable by being awkward/ overly deferential / stammering etc and, more often, even when an interaction seems to have gone smoothly, I'm deeply uncomfortable and anxious myself. What do I do to get over this? [more inside]
posted by Aravis76 on Apr 2, 2015 - 12 answers

Extremely paranoid(VERY long). Help please?

**DISCLAIMER: This is very long, tediously written, incoherent, etc., so I don’t expect you to read all of it. I have listed my main problems in numbers 1., 2. and 3., and I don’t care how much you have read, as long as I get as many opinions as possible. The therapy section is in number two, just in case you were going to suggest that. I need some advice on what to do now, not what to tell my therapist** [more inside]
posted by ParanoidAndroid on Apr 1, 2015 - 25 answers

Need to get a grip on spending. Serious help needed.

I live paycheck-to-paycheck like nobody's business (and spent a windfall of $10,000 in 2 months). How do I get a handle on this? Why can't I make myself care that I'll never have savings? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 1, 2015 - 35 answers

Am I being supporting or sacrificial? Taking things back a step

My boyfriend (just turned 30, and I'm 24) of nearly 7 months is very recently divorced (it was finalized 4 months ago and they have been separated for 9). He's the most open and communicative person I've ever met and keeps me as much in the loop as I need to be about where he's at and how he's feeling regarding his loss (but also keeps some details to himself that I probably don't really need to know about.) Our relationship started out very mutual and enthusiastic, and mostly still is but he's taking a few steps back to analyze himself and it's triggering my relationship anxiety. I don't know whether to trust my gut or quiet the fear. [more inside]
posted by korrasamus on Mar 30, 2015 - 26 answers

How to manage my anxiety until I can get to see a therapist?

Anxiety flare-up. I have a therapy appointment... in 6 weeks time. What can I do to manage my anxiety till then? I have included details of what I am already doing after the jump. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Mar 30, 2015 - 30 answers

Visions of strangers attacking her son.

At least once a week, when they are in public, my partner finds herself vividly anticipating that the person walking towards her will lunge at and stab her son. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 29, 2015 - 27 answers

Overwhelmed by jobbing and job searching at once. What to do?

I'm looking to jump ship from my current job, and I'm struggling with keeping my cool. I've been dealing with some pretty rough anxiety as I respond to recruiters and companies, slip out of the office for interviews, prepare presentations for said interviews, and do it over and over again with multiple businesses. How can I deal with the guilt of completely dialing it in at work so I can find a new job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 27, 2015 - 5 answers

Anxiety before seeing boyfriend?

I get really anxious before I hang out with my boyfriend. Its frustrating. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by anon1129 on Mar 26, 2015 - 10 answers

Getting over a bad work experience

I graduated from college and looked for over a year for work. I found a job in another state and, even though I had some reservations about moving, I took it because the further from graduation the more concerned I was about getting a job. [more inside]
posted by spacecowgirl on Mar 25, 2015 - 8 answers

How can I stop being so nervous/anxious around my boss?

I started a new job almost 3 months ago now and I'm generally liking it, but I'm still feeling very nervous when I interact with my boss. I almost feel afraid to interact with him. How can I end this? [more inside]
posted by modesty.blaise on Mar 23, 2015 - 15 answers

On a scale of 1-10, how much of a bad decision would this be?

My two best options for completing an extended trip to Germany for career development purposes have not panned out. How ridiculous would it be to consider trying to make it there on my own? [more inside]
posted by kinddieserzeit on Mar 21, 2015 - 17 answers

Rear ended- how do I move on?

YANMD or ML. I was rear ended this morning, with minimal damage to my car. How worried should I be about physical injuries, and how can I get past my fear that every car behind me is going to hit me? [more inside]
posted by casualinference on Mar 20, 2015 - 17 answers

I can't go on, I'll go on (persevering when the going gets tough)

I need words of wisdom on how to carry on with life as normal when things are falling apart in a way that is outside your control. I can't go into specifics, but my partner and I are involved in proceedings that could have a catastrophic impact on my family's life. How do I find the strength to go on with my everyday life? [more inside]
posted by Dorothea_in_Rome on Mar 19, 2015 - 23 answers

How do I get rid of this driving anxiety?

I am suffering driving anxiety but not sure how to fix it. I'm looking for ideas on how to proceed. Extended (long) details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 18, 2015 - 9 answers

How to deal with percieved invasion of privacy?

I lost a USB memory stick recently while out and about, and it contained a full backup of stories and files that I've been working on since I was a teen. That's over 15 years of my most private stuff. I still have the files on the computer, but I carry the backup with me just in case something happens to my computer while I'm out. [more inside]
posted by starpoint on Mar 16, 2015 - 36 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

Interventions and helping my best friend

My best friend, who historically suffers from depression, is spiraling out of control. We live together. We just moved out to Portland together. I need advice on interventions - I think he needs to see a psychologist, (or a psychiatrist?) but I have no idea how to tell him that. [more inside]
posted by special agent conrad uno on Mar 15, 2015 - 19 answers

Anxiety over anger

Whenever somebody is angry with me, regardless of whether they are a co-worker or a person I am dating, I tend to experience major anxiety and panic. One of my parents was emotionally/verbally abusive as a child and I am hyper-sensitive to displays of anger. What can I do about this? How can I learn to be less terrified of people being angry at me? [more inside]
posted by twill on Mar 10, 2015 - 21 answers

Anxiety and Memory Loss? Foods that help memory loss for vegans?

I seem to have acute anxiety lately, which is causing a cognition deficit for me. My memory is quite poor and lax these days - I'm not certain if it is due to my vegan diet, or my ongoing intensive anxiety? Are there any tips on how to improve my memory and stabilize my anxiety? [more inside]
posted by RearWindow on Mar 10, 2015 - 17 answers

Marijuana and early pregnancy: Fact, Fiction, and Anxiety

How much did my pot use in the first few weeks after intercourse effect my chances of a healthy pregnancy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 8, 2015 - 9 answers

Helping an anxious kid

What are good strategies for helping an anxious first or second grader deal with their anxiety.
posted by drezdn on Mar 7, 2015 - 11 answers

How to have a successful therapy experience

I'm seeing a therapist for the first time in my life next week following chronic illness. How do I get the best out of it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 6, 2015 - 7 answers

Relationship anxiety went from non-existent to paralyzing

When I was younger, I was never anxious about hearing back from a girlfriend or not. (To a fault: I'd head off on a trip by myself for a couple of weeks and not even think about talking to them or hearing from them.) I didn't worry when I was in those relationships, and I didn't worry when they ended. Now, as soon as I start falling for someone, I feel anxious at every short gap in reassurance and communication. I'll sit at work doing nothing, just waiting to get a text or email back. Is this kind of change common? Is there a name for it? Are there common causes? Treatment?
posted by anonymous on Mar 4, 2015 - 7 answers

How to handle extended illness when your company has no leave policy?

I wrote this question at the beginning of February about how bad my mental health had gotten. Since then, I went to the ER and was voluntarily hospitalized in an inpatient psych unit for a week - I just got out on Wednesday. Since then I've been in a partial hospitalization program, which may go on for another 2-4 weeks. My office has told me that they want me to do everything I need to do to take care of myself and get better, but the official policies are not backing that up. How do I manage my time off? [more inside]
posted by Neely O'Hara on Mar 3, 2015 - 9 answers

Self-injection anxiety

I am developing horrible fear of self-injection that is preventing me from administering my medication. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 2, 2015 - 17 answers

What causes me to wake up feeling muscular pain all over my body?

Hi! I really hope someone has had a similar condition and can help me. For about a year now, I wake up every morning with intense body pain and very low energy, as if my body had been tensed up all night long. I can sleep a solid 8, 9, 10 hours and still feel the same. I used to suffer from insomnia but not anymore. I can now fall asleep within minutes of reading. The muscle pain is similar to what you get when you have a flu. The situation does not improve during the day. [more inside]
posted by alexalexalex on Mar 1, 2015 - 22 answers

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

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