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Somday I would like to stop freaking out. That would be nice.

Please talk to me about your management / recovery from extreme anxiety. I would also like to hear about how you found a good anxiety therapist. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 9, 2011 - 16 answers

Hair-trigger reactions

What does it mean to be "triggered"? [more inside]
posted by stuck on an island on Nov 9, 2011 - 10 answers

How can I prevent or reduce acute anxiety?

After about one day visiting my family, I get very emotional and remain on the verge of tears for the rest of my visit. Once I've reached this point, talking about anything, even the most mundane, makes me cry. I have never experienced this except with my family. It can last for days. What causes this? What can I do to prevent it? What can I do to recover from it? Can you explain what is happening to me? [more inside]
posted by valeries on Nov 8, 2011 - 18 answers

Unemployment is wrecking my self-esteem. How do I keep going?

Six months of unemployment has destroyed my self-esteem. Help me persist through the awfulness of writing cover letters and applying to jobs. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 7, 2011 - 20 answers

How can I wake up on Seroquel?

How can I help prevent this seroquel hangover? [more inside]
posted by trogdole on Nov 7, 2011 - 12 answers

Am I losing my hair or just my mind?

How can I tell if I'm losing too much hair or just shedding normally? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 4, 2011 - 14 answers

Is there a natural substitute for the benzodiazepines?

Is there a natural substitute for the benzodiazepines? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Nov 3, 2011 - 27 answers

I can't do everything ASAP!

Everything at work needs to be done ASAP. How do I deal? [more inside]
posted by smokingloon on Nov 1, 2011 - 18 answers

operation get laid by my birthday

I'm facing down 26 years years of virginity. Help me succeed at Operation: Get Laid By My Birthday. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 30, 2011 - 29 answers

Help me quell my irrational response to someone's pity

How to handle unwanted pity and an irrational perceived slight? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 29, 2011 - 40 answers

What should I tell my new counsellor?

I'm considering therapy for the first time. How to clearly express what I want to work through there, and what to expect? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 24, 2011 - 6 answers

200mg of caffeine and me.

Help me understand the role caffeine might play in moderate to severe anxiety, intrusive thoughts (that I'm in danger) and occasional panic attacks. I'm perplexed by elimination of what I consider to be relatively low caffeine intake. Interested in others' experiences. [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd on Oct 23, 2011 - 16 answers

Do I have scabies? Will I have scabies?

Two of my boyfriend's roommates have scabies. I do not want scabies. I am also extremely anxious about bugs. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 20, 2011 - 14 answers

How to chill out, in a week?

I have a week off, during which I'd like to develop habits that will help me with anxiety and stress, both short and long-term. [more inside]
posted by c'mon sea legs on Oct 19, 2011 - 7 answers

About those "reformed" ex-boyfriends and girlfriends..

Reformed exes- "suck it and see", or leave it alone? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 16, 2011 - 22 answers

Dating without the bullshit?

I enjoy going on dates. I do not enjoy navigating a thicket of doublespeak and bullshit in order to figure out what's next. Is there any way around this? [more inside]
posted by dekathelon on Oct 15, 2011 - 43 answers

I'm in a funk: how do I stop feeling anxious and depressed and build more of a social life?

I'm in a funk: how do I stop feeling anxious and depressed and build more of a social life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 15, 2011 - 11 answers

When to stop/start pushing someone for something you really want?

How much hounding of someone is too much when applying for something like a scholarship or internship? [more inside]
posted by snowysoul on Oct 14, 2011 - 5 answers

How do I get enough sleep despite daily stress?

How can I relax and get a full night's sleep, despite stress? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Oct 14, 2011 - 13 answers

The over-examined life is no picnic either

I'm in a rut. Professionally and personally, I have long lists of projects that I need or want to get done and have made little to no progress on. I've made lists. I've made plans. I've made schedules. I've thought about why it is that I'm not doing what I know I should do. When I think about all the things I want to do and am not doing I feel ill. [more inside]
posted by bunderful on Oct 12, 2011 - 15 answers

Sometimes I think I'm the crazy one

How to deal with the fallout from an SO that has vented about our relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 12, 2011 - 21 answers

Cat's fine, I'm the one who's a mess.

I just figured out that our 5 month old kitten Hubble has fleas. Or, at least, I think she has fleas. Please help me curb my inner stress ball, because I am having a real hard time dealing with this. [more inside]
posted by lydhre on Oct 11, 2011 - 23 answers

Recommendations for NYC therapist to treat IBS and anxiety?

I've been suffering from increasing anxiety for the last year, and much to my embarrassment, my fear manifests itself by making me run to the bathroom! I'd like to see a nice therapist and nip this problem in the bud (or, butt). More details below. [more inside]
posted by doodletoo on Oct 9, 2011 - 3 answers

How to set up routines to avoid anxiety and decision-making fatigue?

How to set up routines to avoid anxiety and decision-making fatigue? [more inside]
posted by mercredi on Oct 5, 2011 - 5 answers

Organise my paralysing anxiety, please

How can I be organised and productive without becoming overwhelmed? [more inside]
posted by hoyland on Oct 3, 2011 - 6 answers

Surviving a wedding

I have extreme anxiety about leaving the house and being in groups. I'm going to my sister's wedding this holiday weekend. I've worked up to dealing with crowds on ferries, driving there, what I'll be wearing and gifts I'll be giving. I still have no clue what to say to people or what people talk about at these events. Help? Specific special details included. [more inside]
posted by kanata on Oct 2, 2011 - 26 answers

How to stop my brain from getting me fired?

Dealing with depression, and I went AWOL from work on Friday - Damage control? I'm suffering from extreme apathy/depression (ie it may take up to an hour to work myself up enough to go to the bathroom), and I didn't turn up to work on Friday. I have Saturday & Sunday to decompress, and savings I am willing to blow in pursuit of being functional 'enough' over the next few weeks to not lose my job. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 1, 2011 - 28 answers

Keeping a happy kid happy?

How can I foster my 12 year old son's joie de vivre when I feel so grindy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 30, 2011 - 11 answers

How to emotionally recover after losing all material possessions in a burglary?

What are some practical steps I can do to keep sane after a robbery and try to pick up the pieces of my memories? [more inside]
posted by bodywithoutorgans on Sep 29, 2011 - 12 answers

Is it worth quitting my job to avoid separation anxiety for yound kids?

Ask people who knows child developmental psychology stuff about separation anxiety for 1 yr old. Will there be permanent damage to the kid? [more inside]
posted by akomom on Sep 29, 2011 - 13 answers

The scoop on SSRIs minus the depression

Looking for experiences with SSRIs prescribed for occasional intense panic attacks and anxiety (some social anxiety too) WITHOUT any pre-existing depression, suicidal, or bipolar symptoms. Xanax hasn't worked well (lowers anxiety but seems to increase irritability). My friend has seen a therapist, who recommended this after several months of sessions, and is going to talk with a doctor about options. He's concerned with doctors' tendency to overprescribe SSRIs and monkeying around with something that's probably not intended for this.
posted by crapmatic on Sep 28, 2011 - 13 answers

Cabin Fever + Nightowl - Social Anxiety = Frustration

Ways to get out and relieve cabin fever late at night, and maybe even be somewhat social? [more inside]
posted by polywomp on Sep 27, 2011 - 13 answers

How do I stop having to pee all the time?

I'm sick of having to pee every hour. Help! [more inside]
posted by pete on Sep 26, 2011 - 42 answers

but I have promises to keep

Insomnia-filter: Help this stressed-out couch-sleeper re-learn how to sleep in the bedroom (with television). [more inside]
posted by headnsouth on Sep 26, 2011 - 18 answers

Crazy family history...how do I avoid passing it on?

How do I break the cycle of abuse in my family and make a stable, happy and safe environment for my own (future) family? ( [more inside]
posted by snowysoul on Sep 23, 2011 - 21 answers

Money Therapist?

Is there such a thing as a therapist who deals specifically with anxiety stemming from money matters? [more inside]
posted by marimeko on Sep 23, 2011 - 10 answers

This too shall pass?

Panicking about my relationship, which is then causing me to panic about my panic. I have no one to talk to and I just want to know that I'm going to be ok. [more inside]
posted by p. kitty on Sep 22, 2011 - 19 answers

Little anxious kid - resources desired

Anxious preschooler. Resource recommendations please. [more inside]
posted by k8t on Sep 19, 2011 - 5 answers

Help me not be such a neurotic freak of a mom!

Do I need to calm down A LOT, or is it okay to yell until I'm hoarse in the hopes of keeping them safe when my little kids create such out-of-control craziness? [more inside]
posted by minx on Sep 18, 2011 - 45 answers

What's the action plan for pure angst?

I've got angst - the honest-to-goodness, existential, "why are we here?" kind. Two years of trying to shake it haven't worked - and have sometimes made me wonder if it's worth fixing at all. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something on Sep 16, 2011 - 48 answers

Yes, I'm putting on my own oxygen mask. Now help me help others.

Yes, I'm putting on my own oxygen mask. Now help me help others. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 14, 2011 - 12 answers

SSRIs: death knell for an already-crippled libido?

Anecdotal experiences wanted: I am considering trying SSRIs for my anxiety, but I am worried that my already-low libido will disappear altogether. Psychiatrist suggests that the low libido may be caused by anxiety, and so taking SSRIs could actually help. Has either of these things happened to you? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 13, 2011 - 26 answers

Ideas for "laugh therapy"

I've been really stressed lately, but a few things can make me belly laugh until I forget what I was worried about. Sadly, there are only so many Margaret Cho videos and I think I've already exhausted "Whose Line is it Anyway?" I also find Dan Savage's podcast funny and utterly distracting. What else could I listen to or watch that will make me howl with laughter?
posted by bunderful on Sep 13, 2011 - 58 answers

It's like a hug...

I keep seeing commercials for the Thundershirt, which is supposed to be like a "hug' for anxious animals. Does something like this work for people? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Sep 11, 2011 - 17 answers

Ask me about my crippling shyness... at my wedding!

Getting married TODAY. Things are good, but I'm kind of terrified and my thoughts are distorted. And then there's the honeymoon... Got any coping strategies for RIGHT NOW? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Sep 10, 2011 - 36 answers

Not until I had my coffee...

I love my mom, but she bothers me first thing in the morning. [more inside]
posted by InterestedInKnowing on Sep 6, 2011 - 16 answers

Once more into the abyss...

When you've pulled yourself back from an emotional meltdown, how do you stop from falling back in repeatedly while you're trying to feel better? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on Sep 5, 2011 - 27 answers

I just want to eat vegetables again.

I'm in the middle of a tough transition: I'm starting graduate school and just moved far away from everyone I know. The problem is that I have had a near-constant nausea and aversion to many foods since I've been here (3-4 weeks). Any ideas for helping me to feel normal again? [more inside]
posted by LizzyBee on Sep 3, 2011 - 13 answers

How Can I Enjoy Being Off the Grid?

I'm being forced off the grid, and I'm waiting to hear back from a couple of job interviews... how can I put this out of my mind? [more inside]
posted by smitt on Sep 3, 2011 - 18 answers

fear of the unknown

I'm 21, I might have MS, and the fear is making me go crazy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 2, 2011 - 24 answers

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