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finding a job after a long employment gap

Help me integrate back into the workforce after a very long absence and current difficulties with social anxiety + panic attacks. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 9, 2012 - 14 answers

How to help a kid chill out quick

Quick calming techniques for a jittery, anxious kid? [more inside]
posted by Betsy Vane on Feb 8, 2012 - 15 answers

Anon is a big sillyhead. OH HI ANON, I'M SORRY, LET'S MEET NEXT WEEK TO REHASH YOUR HUMILIATION IN PERSON.

Work colleague accidentally cc'd me an email containing personal insults directed at me and now wants to meet to discuss the issue. How do I diplomatically and professionally say that I don't want to meet and would rather just ignore the email and keep working? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 6, 2012 - 61 answers

How can I get my dating life started again

I need help with my dating life, I'm a single straight male, 25y/o, working 60 hour weeks, with limited options. [more inside]
posted by curious-mind on Feb 4, 2012 - 54 answers

Résumé anxiety

What strategies have you employed to get over the dread of updating your résumé? Has anyone had success with professional résumé services? Are they worth the price?
posted by wensink on Feb 2, 2012 - 18 answers

is it common to get invited for a job interview when the organization has already hired someone for the position?

is it common to get invited for a job interview when the organization has already hired someone for the position? [more inside]
posted by fromageball on Feb 2, 2012 - 11 answers

My mental health is failing

Mental Health: I don't feel very good, mentally. And after taking some online mental health "tests" I wonder if I should do anything about it. Am I really as bad as the tests say that I am? [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras on Feb 1, 2012 - 21 answers

Wanted: A Guide to the World of the Self-Confident

Tell me what it's like to be you, a person without anxiety or low self-esteem. [more inside]
posted by so much modern time on Jan 31, 2012 - 26 answers

Do they want me or not?

What's going on with this would-be roommate situation? Are there social cues I'm totally misreading here? [more inside]
posted by ActionPopulated on Jan 30, 2012 - 45 answers

Strategic planning for anxiety sufferers.

Do you over think things? How do you channel this power for good while avoiding research-driven procrastination and anxiety? [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself on Jan 25, 2012 - 10 answers

Help me overcome debilitating anxiety about the health and well-being of people I love

For over a decade I have been worrying on a daily basis about the health and well-being of people I love, to a debilitating degree. Can you suggest any tactics to address it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 25, 2012 - 11 answers

Trial by fire?

I panic at work when the stress is on. Can you help me handle the fire more gracefully? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 24, 2012 - 5 answers

Funnel maintenance

How should I go about cleaning a funnel used for car fluids? [more inside]
posted by fermata on Jan 24, 2012 - 9 answers

I can't convince my anxiety-afflicted mom to get therapy, but she'll read a book. What book should it be?

I've been trying to convince my anxiety-afflicted Mom to get therapy for ages. She finally said that if I were to buy her a book, she would promise to read it, and perhaps that would lead to finally giving therapy a shot. She's pushing 70 and has to deal with a new addition to the family who is aggressive and toxic, so I think its urgent for her to get a better handle on her mental state. [more inside]
posted by tempythethird on Jan 22, 2012 - 10 answers

the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

How do I explain a university medical withdrawal to a prospective employer without damaging my chances of being hired? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 21, 2012 - 17 answers

Office politics for dummies

How do I position myself for an internal job change when no job has been posted? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 19, 2012 - 3 answers

How do I stop sipping?

When I get nervous in social situations, I feel the need to have something to sip on. If it's an alcoholic beverage, I can get over-inebriated. If it's non-alcoholic, I have to make constant trips to the bathroom. I need to break this habit or make it manageable. [more inside]
posted by lekvar on Jan 18, 2012 - 28 answers

I am the worst daughter

I've achieved having an emotionally calm and pleasant daily life for myself, but I'm worried that once my mother passes, I'll forget the reality of our dynamic and feel like a horrible and evil daughter. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 18, 2012 - 22 answers

Fear of flying and medication - need creative solutions.

Help me overcome my fear of being on an airplane (not flying) using creative methods. Very specific details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 17, 2012 - 15 answers

How to stop self-defeating and help them to help me?

How can I approach the task of analysing my own mental health professionals without defeating myself before I even get started? [more inside]
posted by talitha_kumi on Jan 17, 2012 - 10 answers

How to become a mechanic? With SA?

How does a person become a mechanic, ideally, and is this line of work compatible with social anxiety? [more inside]
posted by MrFish on Jan 16, 2012 - 27 answers

Navigating Big Life Decisions while wearing depression-colored glasses

How do I handle a job offer that I really want but am really intimidated by while going through a period of depression and social anxiety? (Sorry in advance about the avalanche of special snowflakey details) [more inside]
posted by sarahj on Jan 16, 2012 - 22 answers

Please calm my job-related anxieties

In a flurry of self-doubt, excitement, apprehension regarding my career, boss. and social life. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 14, 2012 - 5 answers

The L-bomb is about to be dropped, roger that.

Help me say "I love you" for the first time. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 13, 2012 - 23 answers

How do I deal with rollercoaster relationship feelings?

I'm high as kite when I'm with "him" and feel like a junkie desperate for a fix when I'm not. How do I better manage these extreme feelings? [more inside]
posted by patientpatient on Jan 12, 2012 - 14 answers

How to handle anxiety when under pressure?

How can you handle performing under lots of pressure? Is it possible to practice this? How can I get rid of my losing attitude and think more positively? [more inside]
posted by cman on Jan 11, 2012 - 13 answers

How to drive again after decades of avoiding it

I haven't driven a car in 15 years, and I'm about to get behind the wheel on Saturday. Help me prepare to get on the road again! [more inside]
posted by Neely O'Hara on Jan 11, 2012 - 18 answers

Is psychoanalysis for me?

[TherapyFilter] Could you tell me about your experiences of psychoanalysis please? I am trying to decide if it would be helpful for me to begin it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 11, 2012 - 12 answers

What is the couch-to-5k edition of mediation and mental focus?

I need to bludgeon my anxiety to death in the most peaceful way possible. Many people recommend meditation. For me, attempting to meditate has been a miserable experience... a sad exercise in white-knuckled denial. Just thinking about it fills me with dread. I know this isn't the way it's supposed to go. I need something more than "sit quietly and allow your thoughts to pass by like clouds". I need the step-by-step, couch-to-5k edition of mental calmness and focus. Help me out, mefi. Give it to me straight, detailed, specific, and with absolute minimum of woo... the mental focus fitness program for someone who can't even lift a metaphorical 1lb weight. Book/media recommendations welcome too. (I'm in therapy already, btw. It's been helpful, but we're not specifically focused on my anxiety at the moment.)
posted by specialfriend on Jan 7, 2012 - 28 answers

Why do I keep comparing myself to my long-ago ex, and how can I make it stop?

My depressed brain uses my ex as a stick to beat me with. Please help it stop. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 7, 2012 - 11 answers

Sleeping Beauty - Sleep, Eat, Go online, Yawn…

Sleeping Beauty - Sleep, Eat, Go online, Yawn… [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 4, 2012 - 27 answers

Anxiety therapy for the high roller crowd

Are there examples of 'high end' people who have successfully used anti-depressant or anti-anxiety medications? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide on Jan 4, 2012 - 38 answers

Anxiety or something worse?

Wife has shortness of breath- should we be worried? My wife is 29 and physically healthy (eats relatively well and exercises), but recently has shortness of breath on and off. It doesn't seem like a panic attack, as she has no other panic attack symptoms. However, she starts to get scared when its happening which makes it worse. It happens throughout the day on and off for a few weeks and then stops for months at a time. Could this just be stress, or something more serious?
posted by Equiprimordial on Jan 3, 2012 - 22 answers

Should my seven-year-old son's dentist knock him out?

Just got home from a dentist appointment with my seven-year-old son. Five of his baby teeth are crowding the rest of his teeth and need to be extracted very soon. But he's extremely anxious at the dentist, and after today's ordeal, they're recommending putting him completely under using IV sedation with an on-site MD. I had IV sedation for my wisdom teeth, and it was amazing, but I'm flat-out terrified to knock out my little boy. He's never had anesthesia of any kind. Is it worth doing? Are there any risks or caveats I should know? Would it be better to stick with oral anasthetic? Help!
posted by waxpancake on Jan 3, 2012 - 26 answers

a better mode at home than pseudo-relaxation

For those who find "relaxing" completely un-relaxing, how do you cultivate a strong activity and project based home life? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Jan 2, 2012 - 11 answers

Calming strategies/advice for impending older-child adoption?

Best way to calm new adoptive parent fears and prepare for attachment issues? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 29, 2011 - 13 answers

How to deal with pregnancy-related fears?

How to deal with pregnancy anxiety? [more inside]
posted by semacd on Dec 28, 2011 - 28 answers

Picking a doctor when doctor information in my area is scarce?

How do I pick a psychiatrist when I can find absolutely no information (besides the basics like contact info and education history) on any of the doctors in my area? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 27, 2011 - 7 answers

Just quit my job… how do I not waste 9 months of autonomy?

I just quit my job to pursue my dream of making things…and I now have 9 months of unplanned time to use. How the hell do I not waste it? (a part of me wants to go all indiana jones, but i'm not sure that's a viable option) [more inside]
posted by tarthur on Dec 24, 2011 - 11 answers

too inexperienced to gain experience??

I'm a sexually inexperienced lady and sex scares the hell out of me! How can I calm down and have a good time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 20, 2011 - 41 answers

Was this (ex)relationship problem properly handled?

Recently, I said some harsh things to an ex whom until recently I had remained very good friends with. These things had been boiling inside me for months and I had to say them at this point. However, ever since I said them, she has disappeared from her online profiles (which she updated multiple times every day), I have no way of contacting her, and I'm worried. Obviously there's a lot going on, and some of it may be serious. [more inside]
posted by marriedtotacos on Dec 18, 2011 - 33 answers

Can I eat?

YANMDoT, but I think I may be developing an eating disorder. Potentially triggering description inside. [more inside]
posted by corvus agitator on Dec 16, 2011 - 17 answers

Finding the best work situation for a cranky, non-self-starting misanthrope

I'm perpetually anxious and unhappy in my current professional field, and have been trying to transition to a different professional field. However, I'm lately wondering if the problem is really that I'm simply not a professional-type person. Should I give up on the idea of having a "career"? How stupid would this be given, you know, the economy and all that? [more inside]
posted by indognito on Dec 16, 2011 - 38 answers

One day after a car accident

I know this is a stupid question, but I am going to ask it anyway. I got into a car accident yesterday. Today I have minor back pain and MAJOR anxiety. Should I go to the doctor? [more inside]
posted by smokingloon on Dec 15, 2011 - 16 answers

I know I'm lucky to have a job at all, but two is killing me.

I've got two full-time jobs and depression/anxiety. I'm a zombie. Help me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 14, 2011 - 52 answers

Birth Control: Does it get better?

Is the moodiness caused by birth control something I should power through, or is it time to call it quits on this brand? [more inside]
posted by macrowave on Dec 12, 2011 - 9 answers

Help Me to Feel Better About Being on My Own

How do I become more confident in my ability to be on my own again (and even enjoy it) after a devastating break-up? [more inside]
posted by exploringoptimism on Dec 12, 2011 - 13 answers

Asking out a socially awkward friend

You're a smart, awesome guy with serious social anxiety. What's the least awful way a friend could let you know they have feelings for you? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 11, 2011 - 35 answers

Is it a bad idea to start taking SSRIs right before finals?

Will the immediate, short-term side effects from Zoloft and Klonopin have a serious impact on my ability to study and perform on tests? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 9, 2011 - 13 answers

the relationship between procrastination, perfectionism, and anxiety

I think I procrastinate on projects as a dysfunctional way to manage my anxiety about them. Can you help me manage that anxiety more productively? [more inside]
posted by colfax on Dec 8, 2011 - 8 answers

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