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Let's Party! (But... Uh... Could you show me how first?)

Help me throw myself my first real birthday party. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 22, 2010 - 35 answers

20-year relationhip on the rocks. I'm jobless, friendless, and scared to death.

I feel like a basket case. I'm 47 years old, and I've been in a 20-year same-sex relationship with another man. I felt like it would last forever. For several years, the relationship was sexless; we did all the normal couples things together - cooked, ate, washed dishes, stressed about the bills, laughed, cried, and took care of each other, but there wasn't much physical attraction any more. I've always been somewhat bisexual, and 2 or 3 years ago, I met a woman on match.com who was cute, seemed nice, and was accepting of my situation. We started dating (with the knowledge, and as far as he acted, the acceptance of my partner). At first, the two of them were sort of circling and sniffing, and I was afraid they would hate each other. As time passed, they became really good friends, and eventually they slept together, which was fine with me. (lots more blathering inside) [more inside]
posted by Death by Ugabooga on Dec 21, 2010 - 64 answers

Could we maybe just kiss a little and then forget this ever happened?

Given that I know my defence mechanisms are still operating on high after leaving an emotionally abusive relationship, and I keep getting cold feet with anyone who tries to get close to me, and yet still crave small doses of intimacy, how can I ethically conduct myself with people who are/could be interested in me? [more inside]
posted by Chrysalis on Dec 21, 2010 - 6 answers

Bartelby Ain't Got Nothing On Me

I've been diagnosed as ADD/ADHD by 3 separate professionals through my life and on medication to treat it for nearly a year. The meds don't work, and I've been on a lot of them (i.e. Ritalin, Vyvanse, Strattera and now Adderall.) How can I give myself a swift kick in the butt to become a productive, organized individual? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 20, 2010 - 9 answers

What anti-depressant should I take now?

What anti-depressant should I take now? [more inside]
posted by Sal and Richard on Dec 19, 2010 - 20 answers

Save me from this mess

My life is a bit of a mess right now but I don't know where to start to get it on an even keel. Please help me to think straight and come up with some workable solutions. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 13, 2010 - 16 answers

How do you pay bills if social anxiety keeps you trapped at home?

What happens if I can't work due to social anxiety? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 13, 2010 - 19 answers

Sometimes worrying doesn't change anything - The Musical!

Help me make a playlist for a stressful Christmas! [more inside]
posted by heyforfour on Dec 12, 2010 - 22 answers

"I swear, the cheescake tastes better with *this* fork..."

Am I exhibiting obsessive compulsive behavior? One example: I find myself spending an inordinate amount of time selecting the "perfect" fork, spoon, etc. for the particular dish I'm eating. Of course, that's not the extent of it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 9, 2010 - 35 answers

Help me pee in public

Why can't I pee in a crowd? (Male stage fright) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 9, 2010 - 14 answers

GTD for Anxieteers

Try as I might, I cannot seem to get Getting Things Done done. At best I can get a few weeks out of any system before crashing. How do I fix this? Let it snow in the details. [more inside]
posted by rouftop on Dec 9, 2010 - 31 answers

Pre-flight jitters? No, not at all. Why ever would you think that?

Flying Airtran from Orlando tomorrow. Last time I was on a commercial plane was over 30 years ago and I sat on the floor. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by Talia Devane on Dec 8, 2010 - 15 answers

Quit my job, no new one, bad circumstances

I just quit my (bad) job and have no new job to go to. I know I need to be proactively seeking work but I'm suffering from confidence problems and bad personal circumstances and finding it difficult. Any tips or similar stories? [more inside]
posted by Franny26 on Dec 8, 2010 - 14 answers

Help me reign this talker in so I can get to know him better.

We all hear about too little communication during dating and a relationship. How about the reverse? Help me assert my need for less communication in a new friendship/potential relationship. [more inside]
posted by patronuscharms on Dec 5, 2010 - 34 answers

What is anxiety? How do you know if you have anxiety? Have you personally overcome it?

What is anxiety? How do you know when you're anxious? I’d like to read descriptions of what it feels like to be chronically anxious or hear how you know when you yourself are experiencing higher levels. I’d also like to know how you take care of yourself when it comes up. Have you dealt with it and overcome it? Books or your own descriptions are very welcome. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 3, 2010 - 41 answers

How did you know therapy was benefiting you?

How did you know therapy was benefiting you? [more inside]
posted by joeyjoejoejr on Nov 29, 2010 - 8 answers

Help me stop procrastinating, stop panicking, and get my schoolwork back on track

How do I overcome paper writing anxiety? [more inside]
posted by naoko on Nov 27, 2010 - 30 answers

When the Tough Get Going, but the Going is even more tough, what do the Tough do then?

Help me grow my confidence at work (special melting snowflake details inside). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 24, 2010 - 9 answers

Is there any reason I shouldn't be smoking weed while taking Citalpram (Celexa)?

Is there any reason I shouldn't be smoking weed while taking Citalpram (Celexa)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 24, 2010 - 12 answers

Book or article recommendations about real people overcoming anxiety

Looking for books or articles with inspiring stories of people overcoming anxiety or finding ways to use their anxiety to accomplish great things. [more inside]
posted by Shebear on Nov 22, 2010 - 4 answers

Don't usually do this.

Last night, I felt guilty about some fatty food I ate and threw up. What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 20, 2010 - 14 answers

Anxiety/panic disorder specialist in the Washington D.C. area

TherapyFilter: therapist recommendations in Washington, D.C. area for someone who takes federal Blue Cross/Blue Shield coverage or has an extremely generous sliding scale, has experience with social anxiety and panic disorder, and (preferably) practices somewhere within reasonable distance from the Red Line. [more inside]
posted by eggyolk on Nov 19, 2010 - 6 answers

help me breathe in public

i have social anxiety with my sweetie when we're out in public at crowded events because of past baggage. looking for some tips (more inside). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2010 - 6 answers

Oh Shit, You Mean This is Forever?

Why do I get panicky and want to quit right after getting full-time work? How can I stop this from happening? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 10, 2010 - 20 answers

Office politics make me want to vomit.

A coworker with whom I only occasionally interact gave another coworker a very ambiguous yet relatively serious performance-related warning to give to me as a "heads up." To my self-knowledge, the accusation in question did not occur, but, if in the off-chance it did, I would want to know more details so I could avoid somehow fucking-up-while-having-no-realization-of-doing-so in the future. I'm not sure how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 10, 2010 - 18 answers

How do I prioritize my to-do list?

Okay. I made the to-do list. I broke the tasks into small, actionable pieces. Now how do I decide which piece to do first? [more inside]
posted by fermion on Nov 6, 2010 - 34 answers

How do I just give up and go to sleep?

Up late, overwhelmed, and panicking about life. What do I do to mitigate the damage, and what do I do to stop this from happening again? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on Nov 1, 2010 - 31 answers

And I don't have any chill pills, either.

Anxiety filter. [more inside]
posted by TryTheTilapia on Nov 1, 2010 - 15 answers

Butterflies in my teeth?

What the hell is wrong with me? Nerve damage? Anxiety? [InsertVitamin] deficiency? Butterflies in my teeth? [more inside]
posted by doublehappy on Oct 31, 2010 - 18 answers

Reverse PMS?

Period Questions: Why do I feel fine the week before my period, then depressed, tired, anxious the rest of the month? Help me have a more productive discussion with some sort of medical provider. [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Oct 31, 2010 - 9 answers

What are dental implants like?

I'm getting dental implants. Walk me through this. [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals on Oct 29, 2010 - 22 answers

How to be supportive of my SO with job offer anxiety issues?

How can I help my SO keep his cool while waiting to hear about a job interview? [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant on Oct 29, 2010 - 18 answers

Please help me manage my obsessive thoughts

Why do my obsessive thoughts focus so much on my relationship, and what can I do to manage them? After living through years of sexual abuse as a child and teen, followed by a severely unhealthy relationship with an older man soon there after, I've actually found someone with whom I have potential to build something that could be really great. The trouble is that my brain is trying incredibly hard to sabotage this relationship, despite my best efforts to control it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 28, 2010 - 18 answers

severe new relationship anxiety & impotence (maybe NSFW)

New relationship filter. (mid-30s male here) My first actual foray into online dating seems to be doomed to failure. I'm always awkward at this sort of thing, but this seems to be a new level for me. Basically, I just can't seem to relax around the new woman, and this means that I'm unable to get an erection. She's mostly been accepting of this (and there's plenty of other sorts of funtimes to be had in the bedroom). However, it seems clear to me that she really wants to have sex soonish, and this seems like the worst possible time to deal with issues from past relationships and the fallout thereof. Does this seem like it can be worked through in a timely fashion, or should I just cut things off early and deal with things on my own? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 27, 2010 - 27 answers

It's kind of like a sore throat, but mentally.

Can my family doctor treat depression? [more inside]
posted by jnaps on Oct 27, 2010 - 15 answers

How do I choose a research group for my PhD?

I'm a first-year Ph.D student (in chemistry), and I'm having a hard time choosing what lab I want to work in. What factors are most important to look at? [more inside]
posted by kagredon on Oct 26, 2010 - 12 answers

I have to fly tomorrow morning and I'm out of the pills that enable me to get on the plane in the first place. Help!

I have to take a very last-minute plane trip tomorrow morning and just discovered I'm out of Xanax. There's no time for me to get more. What can I do to make it through the flight without a panic attack? [more inside]
posted by Mimzy on Oct 25, 2010 - 25 answers

Dealing with GF's Relationship OCD

My girlfriend's OCD and anxiety causes her to get stuck in loops of obsessive thought that really mess with our relationship. How can I deal with this better, and can therapy help her? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 19, 2010 - 26 answers

What you hear when you're depressed

When you were in the midst of deep depression, painful painful fear...were there words, stories that helped, even for just a moment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 18, 2010 - 38 answers

My head feels like a ticking time bomb

My brain goes haywire when I try to do certain tasks. I feel either like screaming or having a lobotomy. Psychiatrists shrug their shoulders at me. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 18, 2010 - 13 answers

Help out a nervous college student!

I'm stressing over grades! What can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 11, 2010 - 10 answers

Should she or shouldn't she?

Asking for a friend: My friend recently got a 710 on the GMAT, with a 92nd percentile verbal and a 75th percentile quantitative. She has the impression that, while her total score is a good one, that business schools are more interested in the quant score than the verbal score, and she is concerned that a 75th percentile quant score will not be sufficient to get her into a top business school (and by a top business school, she means Harvard or Stanford (her first choices)). On practice tests she has done significantly better on the quantitative section and is now trying to decide whether or not to retake the test. Should she? If you have any personal knowledge of what HBS and SBS are looking for in a GMAT score, or can suggest a better forum for this question, she'd appreciate it too.
posted by slide on Oct 10, 2010 - 6 answers

These mythical awesome dentist -- where do I find one?

How do you find a dentist who is good with very anxious patients? Is it appropriate to ask, when making the appointment, if he’s willing to prescribe a sedative and/or use gas? I hear (often on askme) that people have marvelous, caring dentists who are willing to do whatever is necessary to make them comfortable, but where do you find one? I’ve got this list of dentists covered by my insurance, I need one that can fill my cavities without leaving me in hysterics, and I don’t know how to go about discovering who that will be. [more inside]
posted by mostlymartha on Oct 6, 2010 - 14 answers

Overcoming fear of flying.... hopefully

It's high time I get back on an airplane, but I've had difficulty doing that in the past, even with the assistance of medication. How do I make this happen? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Oct 5, 2010 - 16 answers

Anxiety about a fetish

Can you help me get rid of anxiety about a fetish and my sexuality? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 5, 2010 - 12 answers

Don't need no medicines

I thought I could get health insurance through my school. I can't. They don't offer it because they assume everyone has it through work or their parents. I can't afford COBRA. How do I shop for the best insurance for myself? What kind of insurance can I expect? How do I know which plans are useless? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 4, 2010 - 9 answers

Where do I draw the line with my mom?

How can I begin to disengage myself from my parents (read: mother) so that I no longer feel anxiety and guilt when I handle or approach a situation my way, particularly when it comes to dating? [more inside]
posted by patronuscharms on Oct 2, 2010 - 28 answers

Crippling anxiety - can I get over this without a therapist?

Crippling anxiety ruining my life - can I get over this without a therapist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 30, 2010 - 15 answers

Saving ourselves from ourselves

What comes after balance and practicality? Does it ever get not-boring? How can I resist backing away from success? Please talk some sense into me. [more inside]
posted by ramenopres on Sep 28, 2010 - 7 answers

Help me find my attraction! Please!

About a week ago, I was lying down on my bed not feeling well emotionally - I had been very low feeling and had lots of anxieties and stressful feeling for months. [more inside]
posted by antgly on Sep 27, 2010 - 11 answers

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