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How do you tell pulmonary embolism from asthma or anxiety?

Okay, you are not my doctor and I have an appointment with my doctor first thing on Monday but I just want someone to reassure me I won't die over the weekend and don't need to go to the ER. [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess on Jun 26, 2015 - 19 answers

In search of a therapist who is good with creatives in Portland, OR.

I am a working artist and I've been dealing with a ton of anxiety and depression for much of my life, but it's getting particularly rough lately. Portland is a city of creatives, so can someone recommend me an awesome therapist who also understands creative people's problems? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 24, 2015 - 3 answers

Behaving and acting in accordance to my confident self

How to check in with myself so I speak/act/behave from my confident self rather than my insecure self? Any good rules of thumb? I want to avoid behaving in ways that badly affect my friends and family and also, myself rather than acting from anxiety and insecurity and drama and then regretting it. [more inside]
posted by rhythm_queen on Jun 21, 2015 - 6 answers

Studying web development: are my goals reasonable?

I've been studying web development in addition to working full-time, and I'm finding it a pretty tough slog. I'm starting to wonder if my long-term goals are reasonable, and am hoping for a reality check. [more inside]
posted by Sockrates on Jun 21, 2015 - 10 answers

First time woes...

Short version: I had sex for the first time with someone I thought I really liked, but it didn't quite go the way I expected it to and now I'm completely panicking about it. Long version inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 21, 2015 - 12 answers

Techniques for improving memory in older people

I'm looking for ways an older relative can improve his memory, which has become very poor, probably because of anxiety and post-chemotherapy issues. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 18, 2015 - 10 answers

In Search of Happy Thoughts

I noticed a few days ago that when I started reading before bed the nightmares I've been having for the past few months became less exhausting. Now I've run out of reading material and would love recommendations for some quick reads/videos/etc that I could indulge in before bed and when I wake up in the morning so my mind stops fixating on bad stuff. Share with me your happy thoughts, please! [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Jun 16, 2015 - 17 answers

A few points of concern about driving for an anxious person

I struggle with anxiety and ocd and this can make it hard sometimes for me to tell the difference between safe and overly cautious driving. An outside perspective would be extremely helpful. And yes, I am receiving treatment for the aforementioned issues. [more inside]
posted by theshire on Jun 13, 2015 - 14 answers

can females really have it all?

I'm 24 and about to embark on a lot of schooling for a career that I'm passionate about. The loans from said schooling will take me 10+ years to pay back, but my job security will be pretty much guaranteed and I'll have the flexibility to live where I want (i.e., somewhere with low cost of living). However, I'm certain that I want to have children and that I'll want to spend a lot of time with them. Is it silly to pursue a serious career? [more inside]
posted by DayTripper on Jun 13, 2015 - 36 answers

Eccentric and Recluse Poets and Authors?

Greetings. I'm wondering if there are any notable or smaller scale poets and writers that were mainly hermits or eccentric? I'm not picky with the genre, country, or era. [more inside]
posted by RearWindow on Jun 11, 2015 - 24 answers

CS junior, needs recommendations for career path, companies to apply to

I'm about to be a junior in computer science (CS) at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. I'm passionate about programming, but I am also interested in numerous other subfields of technology. I don't like having to rush (at anything -- this post was edited and rewritten many times); I prefer polish, good design, and careful work, where everything is intentionally and thoughtfully crafted. Where should I apply for internships and look for careers? [more inside]
posted by vixsomnis on Jun 11, 2015 - 8 answers

Sharing your journal in therapy

About a month ago, I started therapy (for anxiety, possible depression, and relationship issues), and so far I've been frustrated with my inability to express myself to my therapist. Would it be OK to have her read my journal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 9, 2015 - 12 answers

It was a dream, then got hit with a huge dose of reality. Can we fix it?

My boyfriend (ex-boyfriend? Something in between?) and I fell in love and saw us building a future together. Then chaos erupted with his work and put a strain on us and our relationship. After months of waiting, he has a new position that he has become obsessed with and our relationship was put on the back burner. We still love each other and don't want to walk away completely, so we are currently on a break and I'm confused about where to go from here. (Deeply apologetic for the length, but I wanted to paint the most accurate picture possible... ) [more inside]
posted by heathergro on Jun 5, 2015 - 23 answers

What can I do to deal with anxiety episodes

I would describe them as mini panic attacks. I had a full blown one a couple of times about 10 years ago that were complete agony. Lately I've been feeling the same way I'd feel leading up to those attacks. [more inside]
posted by manderin on May 28, 2015 - 17 answers

How to handle child's OCD/anxiety/?

My daughter is afraid of getting sick and asks everyday about the dangers of different substance. I am unsure of how long to let this go before looking for professional help, even if just to help me not go insane over her behavior. [more inside]
posted by turtlefu on May 26, 2015 - 18 answers

Bedtime is in 3 hours. Help me sleep tonight.

I had a terrible fight with a loved one today, and my stress levels are sky-high (to the point of nausea). At this rate, I'm not sure I'll be able to sleep tonight. Bedtime is in three hours - Please help me get to sleep. [more inside]
posted by BuddyBoo on May 25, 2015 - 33 answers

Advice for 10-year-old who wants to go home

We are taking care of our neice, who is 10 years old, on our family vacation. Her mom, a single parent, needed help this week so we offered. We knew neice had some separation anxiety, but we were assured that neice was much better and excited about the trip. Unfortunately, neice has been very unhappy at certain times and last night (our first full day here) she sobbed for an hour and begged to go home. [more inside]
posted by dawg-proud on May 25, 2015 - 20 answers

Help me hate travel less

I particularly hate flying. I'm also not good at being in strange places, but the flying is my big concern at the moment. I have to fly in a few days and even though this is a trip for fun, that I expect to enjoy (in between the flights), I am filled with dread when I think about it. [more inside]
posted by bunderful on May 24, 2015 - 19 answers

I would like to stop feeling and living like this.

How does a constant hypochondriac and anxiety sufferer just live and feel like a regular person? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 21, 2015 - 18 answers

How do I stop worrying about my loved ones getting hurt?

I can't stop envisioning scenarios in which people I care about get into horrific car/train/plane accidents or get sick and die. How do I accept my powerlessness to protect my loved ones 100% beyond the shadow of a doubt and just live with it? [more inside]
posted by Guinevere on May 13, 2015 - 12 answers

How to not think about relationship troubles

I'm in a serious relationship that might be ending. How do I let myself not have constant anxious thoughts about this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 11, 2015 - 8 answers

How to deal with extreme anxiety over loved ones' well-being?

I have a lifelong pattern of extreme anxiety attacks and imagining the worst when people I'm close to are not where they say they will be at the time they say they will be there and unreachable. It escalates quickly into a terror that they are dead and at worst ends in uncontrollable shaking and crying. How can I mitigate this? [more inside]
posted by Beethoven's Sith on May 11, 2015 - 5 answers

Am I being silly?

I'm having conflicting desires regarding my future. Is this a 'the grass is greener' scenario, or should I be making changes to my life? Complication: anxiety. [more inside]
posted by toerinishuman on May 11, 2015 - 15 answers

Please Help Me Fail.

I need to screw up a couple of times. Once I do, I'll realize it's not the end of the world, and I will be able to stop keeping everything on hold. But I've been on hold for most of my life, paralyzed and afraid to move for fear of not getting it perfectly right. How do I bring myself to put forth the effort to do the scary thing, even knowing that that's the only way I can make it stop being scary? [more inside]
posted by Because on May 11, 2015 - 28 answers


How do I request therapy that's more medically/concretely focused without being perceived as drug-seeking or noncompliant? Complication: previous use of diverted psychiatric drugs. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 10, 2015 - 6 answers

Lower my expectations!

I have bipolar II disorder and anxiety that's led me to recognize that my dreams are not realistic. What are good careers for people with mental health issues, how can I adjust my goals and expectations accordingly? [more inside]
posted by cosmic owl on May 9, 2015 - 19 answers

How Can I Care Less and Move On?

Is this normal? I often have anxiety about my kids. I need perspective. [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on May 9, 2015 - 14 answers

The worms crawl in and the worms crawl out

I am having a weird symptom lately that I don't know whether to attribute to depression, anxiety, or aging. Namely, I can't stop thinking about death and dying. I'm 26 and I am constantly thinking about how I could die at any moment and time is running out for me (and my loved ones). [more inside]
posted by easter queen on May 8, 2015 - 10 answers

How to stop negative rumination?

Greetings. I seem to have a terrible case of negative rumination and I cannot impede my negative thoughts at all; this jeopardizing my work ethic and academic studies. I would greatly appreciate some pragmatic tips and positive thinking advice. I'm not sure how to stay optimistic and positive about the world and myself. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 8, 2015 - 16 answers

How to cope with my terror of uncertainty in my mid-20s

How do I enjoy and make the most of my life, when it is so full of uncertainty? What are some strategies for tolerating and living with uncertainty, rather than being afraid of and fighting it? Details/specific situation inside [more inside]
posted by armadillo1224 on May 6, 2015 - 25 answers

Lexapro? Prozac? Or...?

I'm thinking of going on medication for anxiety. Poking around on the internet has suggested that an SSRI might be best for me to try first. I'm thinking of Lexapro or Prozac. Help? [more inside]
posted by ClaireBear on May 6, 2015 - 20 answers

Noise, and sleep, and a potential new roommate

I rented a place this evening (put down a deposit, got my key, signed a lease) and am immediately regretting my decision. Does it make sense to see if I can undo this now? [more inside]
posted by twill on May 6, 2015 - 11 answers

Need help with core beliefs and travel anxiety

I'm going to put the TL:DR up here. I have lots of limiting core beliefs involving my worth. Meeting new people causes me great anxiety due to these beliefs, which include not being allowed to have any needs, especially those that might inconvenience, irritate, or anger the other person. I also have panic disorder. I've met someone online that I want to meet in person but it would involve a drive of several hours. Travel = panic = debilitating and anxiety-inducing physical symptoms. Help me meet this person while remaining functional. [more inside]
posted by msbadcrumble on May 4, 2015 - 9 answers

How Do I Antidepressant? Tracking success/side effects of medication

I'm working with a psychiatrist to try antidepressants for anxiety in combination with my ongoing work with a therapist. He's started me on a low dose of Cymbalta and says I may need to try a variety of antidepressants before I find out what works. If you take medications for mood/anxiety, how do you track their effects on you to figure out if something is working or not? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 3, 2015 - 10 answers

Help me cope with my anxiety about my wife's anxiety!

My wife struggles with anxiety and paranoid thoughts about our marriage. She'll often start asking questions of me about where I've been, if I'm seeing anyone else, whether I want to leave her and whether I think I'd be better off without her. I'm used to this, and I know that these are just intrusive thoughts rather than what she rationally believes, but I'm about to go away for work and I can't stop feeling anxious about what might happen whilst I'm away. [more inside]
posted by yasp on May 1, 2015 - 75 answers

If you could only read one parenting book.. (Or two or three)

My wife and I are talking about starting a family soon. I'm excited but extremely nervous and also fairly clueless about pregnancy, babies, and children. I've started looking for books to prepare, but there's so (so) much out there, I'm not really sure where to start. Realistically, I expect to read 2-3 books. [more inside]
posted by Gravel on Apr 30, 2015 - 26 answers

Seattle-area therapist for depression-related problems

I would like recommendations for a Seattle-area therapist for depression/anxiety problems. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 28, 2015 - 1 answer

The Pill for anxiety?

Would taking birth control help with my (hormonally-driven) anxiety? [more inside]
posted by chainsofreedom on Apr 28, 2015 - 8 answers

I'm hitting rock bottom. How do I pull myself back up?

Everything in my life seems to be spiraling out of control. I'm afraid I'll hit rock bottom soon and will need to rebuild my whole life. Help me not go crazy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 28, 2015 - 17 answers

I’m gonna get you … diagnosis

I’ve had a slew of debilitating health issues that have even caused me to leave my job. I’m now trying to attack this from all angles since I have the time and need to figure out it. Who should I see? What services are out there? How can I get my life back? I turn to you hive, to tell me who to turn to! [more inside]
posted by Crystalinne on Apr 27, 2015 - 12 answers

Finding a therapist who will help me develop a thicker skin

How do I find a therapist who will help me develop a thicker skin regarding failure during the job hunt and keep me on a positive track? [more inside]
posted by sockomatic on Apr 24, 2015 - 3 answers

The unknowable likelihood that my husband will have a psychotic relapse

How can I get over this constant fear and worry that my husband will have another psychotic episode or turn out to have schizophrenia? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 24, 2015 - 21 answers

How Do I Manage Feeling Overwhelmed By Japan?

OverwhelmedByJapan-filter: I have at least a (solo) week in Japan en route to Indonesia, and despite referencing DVD's, youtube videos, guidebooks & internet, I'm still grossly lacking in confidence as to how I'm going to; use public transport, find my hotel, communicate with hotel staff, order food, and find a public restroom when required. To where do I turn? Is there possibly a service by which I can rent an English speaking guide (not like tourist, but more cultural) for an afternoon? Am I blowing this out of proportion? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind on Apr 23, 2015 - 30 answers

Dating dilemma: Should I text this guy again or is it done?

I've gone out a few times with a friend of a friend. Although initially he texted me a lot, he's stopped and I want to know if I should text him (again). My minimal dating experience and social anxiety are making it difficult for me to decide what to do. Way more detail inside. [more inside]
posted by peppermintchaya on Apr 23, 2015 - 28 answers

How do I know whether it's worth giving my relationship a shot?

I'm so confused about my relationship that I've taken to MeFi to ask for advice – any thoughts would be hugely appreciated. My boyfriend of almost one year is 29; I'm 34. He's kind, caring and all-round deeply lovely, we get on absolutely brilliantly, have loads in common and I feel incredibly comfortable and happy around him. Life is sweet. Except two not-so-tiny things: he's scared of commitment and doesn't ever want to talk about my ticking biological clock. How much time do I give this? [more inside]
posted by considerthelilies on Apr 21, 2015 - 67 answers

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

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