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Are people really being mean to me? Or is this just in my head?

Lately I've not been wanting to deal with humans due to experiencing one too many situations lately where strangers I've had to deal with—in most cases cashiers—have talked to me like I'm some kind of laughing stock schmuck. I often tell myself that I don't care what people think of me, but when a string of people have seemingly mocked me in a very short amount of time, it really can do much to make me start thinking that, hey, maybe I am a shmuck after all. And the main reason it bothers me is because, well, I wouldn't mind making friends. And I worry that with so many people thinking I suck that this will prove to be difficult. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 16, 2016 - 27 answers

Freaking out about moving/change - NYC to California

We're moving from NYC to California to the Tahoe/Truckee area and i'm really freaking out about it. Are we making a huge mistake? Will we fit in? Will it be multicultural/cosmopolitan enough? I need to make the panic/anxiety stop. [more inside]
posted by nightdoctress on Mar 13, 2016 - 15 answers

How can I overcome compulsive perfectionism with ADHD / OCD?

I have ADHD with a lot of OCD symptoms. I think the ADHD is primary, and the OCD symptoms are my lifelong coping reactions to feeling overwhelmed all the time and making endless mistakes. I'm now on Adderall, and it has illuminated how much the OCD slows me down and burdens me, but at the same time, many of my OCD behaviors are rational. They help me catch my many mistakes (while writing or in life) when my ADHD is at its worst. I need strategies to pull myself out or to help me immediately recognize when I'm spiraling. [more inside]
posted by chaos_theory on Mar 12, 2016 - 9 answers

YANMD, YANMT: Where do I start as an anxious, sober alcoholic manchild?

Paralyzed with fear, dealing with depression, motivated to change: I need to get my act together with professional help and am not sure where to go, being uninsured, employed part-time in the US. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Giggilituffin on Mar 11, 2016 - 19 answers

Advice on how to deal with failure? I lost my job due to depression.

I took a job in Mexico as an English teacher. Between dealing with culture shock and homesickness, moving away from my boyfriend, a major depressive episode, anxiety and panic, physical health issues, and experiencing an extreme trauma (was raped right before Christimas break)... well, suffice to say, it wasn't the best semester. I was just told that I will not be asked back next year. I was not planning on returning, but my self-esteem has taken a huge hit. How do I move forward after such an awful failure? [more inside]
posted by chocolatespaghetti on Mar 6, 2016 - 10 answers

Dealing with Lexapro side effects

I've been taking Lexapro for about nine months for generalized anxiety disorder and depression. Overall, the experience has been very good. I'm no longer nervous all the time. But in the past couple of months, I've grown concerned about two side effects: fatigue and apathy/lack of motivation. I talked to my psychiatrist about this and she laid out three options. I'm having trouble deciding which one would be best. [more inside]
posted by mcmile on Mar 6, 2016 - 11 answers

Coming to terms with a messy breakup

This relationship destroyed me. I feel that, after having given a lot, I was led on. But now I don't know whether I was wrong to feel this way... [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Mar 6, 2016 - 24 answers

Taking in a teenager

My 17 year old sister is pretty miserable living at home. She's about 3-4 years behind in school, suffers from severe anxiety, and only leaves the house to go to doctor appointments and therapy. My parents are at their wits end with her; they are spending more time yelling at her than working with her. My husband and I are strongly considering asking her to stay with us, but we could really use advice from anyone who has done this before. Is this a good idea? What do we need to know? What are not considering? [more inside]
posted by galvanized unicorn on Mar 1, 2016 - 19 answers

I am me and he is me and we are me and me is all together

How do I act more like myself at work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 29, 2016 - 5 answers

It recently took me 8 hours to run 3 errands

What is the current state of ADHD diagnoses? [more inside]
posted by rhizome on Feb 25, 2016 - 14 answers

is CBT the best therapy approach for my anxious tween?

I want to get my girl some help. Help me figure out how to evaluate therapists for her? And if you were or had an anxious teen or tween who learned tools that helped, what were they? [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes on Feb 24, 2016 - 26 answers

I would like to get stuff done and not turn into Chicken Little.

I find that much of the news (especially politics, given the month and year it is) gets me all worked up and makes it difficult for me to get stuff done. I fully understand that news is presented the way it is by design - to grab eyeballs, but I still find the lasting anger/anxiety it creates in me to take away from my sanity and productivity. How can I hold onto my sanity and productivity? [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction on Feb 23, 2016 - 12 answers

Just an Ask Culture girl, living in a Guess Culture world...

I've moved countries temporarily, and one problem I find myself repeatedly coming up against is clash in communication styles - Ask Culture versus Guess Culture. Specifically, I am a textbook Ask Culture person, coming up repeatedly in both work and social interactions against people who are entirely Guess Culture. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Feb 23, 2016 - 18 answers

Are we self-sabotaging or is it the right thing?

My girlfriend of 4 years and I have recently started having some very matter of fact conversations about our relationship. We're each sort of wondering if it's got 'too serious' for this point in our lives. Put briefly, does this make any sense? Or are we just sabotaging something that's otherwise fine? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 22, 2016 - 12 answers

Time to put my brain in its place

After many years of struggle with depression and constant, needless anxiety, it seems that my issue is primarily or purely chemical in nature. But my medications aren't really working right now. What options should I be looking at? What might my treatment look like? [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Feb 21, 2016 - 19 answers

I feel like a marathon runner collapsing feet from the finish line.

I'm in the last semester of my Master's program, and cannot find the motivation to do anything. Help me help myself finish. [more inside]
posted by bluloo on Feb 19, 2016 - 13 answers

Is there hope for HSV+ and OCD+?

Found out the guy I'm seeing, whom I really, really like, has oral HSV-1. I have OCD and GAD and a huge phobia specifically of herpes. Can this work out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 14, 2016 - 18 answers

What are adult roommate relationships supposed to look like?

I've lived with roommates since college and now in grad school I have roommates. I'm not sure how to navigate/what to expect of my roommates currently. I often feel sad or upset at home now and I think I had a different expectation of having roommates in grad school. Please help me shift my mindset! [more inside]
posted by socky bottoms on Feb 11, 2016 - 14 answers

Sibling extremely dependent on increasingly frail parents

My parents are in their 70s. My 38-year-old sister has severe social anxiety and she is unnecessarily dependent on my parents as caretakers. I worry about my parents' health. How can I encourage my sister to be more independent? How can I encourage my parents to take a step back? How can I communicate to everyone that I will never take over the caretaking position and my sister needs to learn adult living skills? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 11, 2016 - 31 answers

What to expect on Amitriptyline...

After failing two SSRIs (Zoloft and Lexapro), my doc has prescribed Amitriptyline for my dysthymia and anxiety; also as a migraine prophylactic. [more inside]
posted by sara is disenchanted on Feb 11, 2016 - 9 answers

How do I trust myself with affirmations after a recent breakup?

How do I trust myself with affirmations if I constantly seek validation from external sources, especially intimate relationships? I am coming out of a recent breakup that triggered severe anxiety and dependency. I am keeping busy after the breakup (it has been 2.5 weeks) but I still feel like there is something missing from my recovery process. I am seeking professional help soon (I have an appointment scheduled) but I find anecdotal examples of others' experiences to be extremely helpful. [more inside]
posted by modernman on Feb 10, 2016 - 7 answers

Stop my brain from third wheeling!

I really have no reason to be anxious in this relationship, but it comes along anyways, as anxiety does... but how can I start to disentangle myself from it so I can enjoy myself more? [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Feb 10, 2016 - 5 answers

Did I miss the boat in life? Will I be able to maintain relationships?

If you are successful in maintaining relationships, maybe you can answer some questions. My main concern is that I haven’t developed typically like others. When I went to high school, I was depressed and had social anxiety. Therefore, I didn’t have any kind of high school experience-no friends, no funny stories, no major personal development, and no boyfriends. [more inside]
posted by crystal_stair on Feb 8, 2016 - 28 answers

Shaking up my comfort zone

I'm after a bunch of things I can make to challenge myself that aren't expensive or dangerous that will give me some level of discomfort. [more inside]
posted by b33j on Feb 5, 2016 - 47 answers

Kids and Cats

I would like to hear about how you've been able to raise a kid and care for an affectionate yet skittish cat. How did you do it? I'm particularly interested in stories about kids between the ages of 2-10. [more inside]
posted by MsMartian on Feb 5, 2016 - 16 answers

In need of a "settle down to work" ritual

I suck at transitions, especially transitioning into working. I am in need of suggestions for a ritual I can perform when I sit down at my desk in the morning, after lunch, after I come back from a break, to cue my brain that it's time for work now. It is important that this ritual is not connected to any rabbit holes. Desk-working-mefites: what are your tricks to flip the switch into 'work mode'? [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Feb 2, 2016 - 24 answers

"Is anything bad or untoward going to happen?"

I talk in my sleep and the content of the sleep talking (as reported by my partner) is usually anxiety-related. Is being anxious while you're asleep a thing? Is it likely to be impeding the quality of my sleep? Can I do anything to address it? [more inside]
posted by terretu on Jan 27, 2016 - 12 answers

Anxiety at night

My mother (in her 50s) grew up in an unsafe neighborhood, and experienced a traumatic burglary and some attempted break-ins during the night as a child. She's had trouble sleeping since then, and I think it's affecting her health. What can she do? [more inside]
posted by redlines on Jan 27, 2016 - 8 answers

Dog is hard to train, doesn't react as expected, please help!

My dog is a mutt (possibly some Aussie shephard and border collie in there, very high energy, working dogesque) my fiancé and I adopted at 2 months old. He is now 2 and a half. Training him has always been a bit difficult, because he doesn't react the way trainers say dogs "should." [more inside]
posted by petiteviolette on Jan 23, 2016 - 20 answers

Social Anxiety? General Anxiety? Medication?

I've been struggling with general anxiety my entire life, however it's been getting out of control lately. I also have random social anxiety and obsessive thinking mixed in. Looking for people's experiences and whether or not medication has helped. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 22, 2016 - 16 answers

Low dose AD for periods

Have you taken low dose anti-depressants for your PMDD in the week leading up to your period? How did it affect you? [more inside]
posted by kanata on Jan 22, 2016 - 6 answers

Is this particular situation a good time to use my Ativan prescription?

I have an Ativan prescription that is intended to help me deal with panic attacks. I rarely use it because my panic attacks are quite rare. I have a work event coming that turns me into a ball of anxiety every time I have to do it (2-3 times a year) and I'm wondering if this might be an appropriate time to make use of my prescription. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 20, 2016 - 16 answers

Romance and uncertainty part two

I have clarified some of my feelings and done some self-work on this relationship, but I'm having trouble trusting myself and my insights. [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Jan 18, 2016 - 10 answers

How to make these good feelings last....forever

Feeling a breakthrough in my depression. Damn, this feels good. I’m getting more actively engaged with life, and I feel happy about myself. To be honest, I don’t remember feeling this good. But there’s this underlying fear – how do I make it last? And how do I avoid the destructive thought patterns that got me here in the first place, especially during times that’ll inevitably be harder than being 23 with very little responsibility? [more inside]
posted by rhythm_queen on Jan 14, 2016 - 10 answers

When is medication the answer for kids with anxiety?

My son (8) struggles with anxiety (separation and generalized) and negative thinking/depression. How do you know when it is time to start treating it with medication? [more inside]
posted by a22lamia on Jan 11, 2016 - 25 answers

Wait, you like me? Why?

I have developed a sort of uncertain romantic situation with a girl at my college. It's really the first time that I've been close to anyone in this way, or at all, and I am afraid that my self-hatred and self-absorption is getting in the way of a proper human relationship, as friends or otherwise. [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Jan 9, 2016 - 13 answers

I Forgot (Or Maybe Never Learned) How to Talk to Other People

I didn't talk to other people for six months and now I offend people constantly. How can I ease back into being part of humanity and learn to talk to people in the future without completely alienating them? And perhaps recommendations for etiquette books that are suited to modernity so I can start by having a crack at those. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 5, 2016 - 12 answers

Problems with my therapist. Is the answer still "therapy"?

I'm completely confused and upset about recent developments in my therapy, and I don't know if I should continue it or not. I'm sorry but this is loooong, and there's really no good TL;DR I can come up with. Please be gentle; I realize I'm possibly wrong about everything, but I'm feeling fragile right now. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 5, 2016 - 30 answers

Anxiety about the unknown

I am interested in hearing about how other professionals entrusted with the lives of others deal with the anxiety that comes with this responsibility... [more inside]
posted by chemgirl on Jan 3, 2016 - 13 answers

Resources on being kind to yourself

Several awesome responses have come in MeFi lately related to self talk and your upbringing. I have in my own head screamed yes to a few of these. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 1, 2016 - 5 answers

Therapist recommendations in NYC

Hello all, Yet another therapist recommendation question. This time my own! [more inside]
posted by gehenna_lion on Dec 31, 2015 - 8 answers

How do you deal with a rational phobia?

I have a big fat annoying anxiety-inducing, sleep-disrupting phobia of bedbugs. I'm already doing CBT to limited success; what other avenues should I explore? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 31, 2015 - 18 answers

Firework-phobic dog home alone on NYE?

We haven't been out on New Year's Eve in the six years we've had this big baby, Clyde Drexler (obligatory photo - we like to call this his OK Cupid profile pic). This year, we have an offer we can't refuse. [more inside]
posted by Sweetie Darling on Dec 31, 2015 - 10 answers

grad school coping mechanisms

I'm halfway done with an intense 1 yr biology MS intended to get people into med/dental school. There are less than 20 people in the program, making me feel like I'm existing in some bizarre microcosm where everything I do (particularly grades/academics-wise) is under scrutiny. My classmates are competitive in a way that I'm not used to and don't like. I'm dreading my second semester. Help me make it through successfully. [more inside]
posted by DayTripper on Dec 28, 2015 - 10 answers

Toilet anxiety

Often when I go to urinate - whether in a public or private restroom/toilet/bathroom - if there's someone within hearing distance, I can't go (i.e. urinate) until they've left and I'm alone. I end up standing there as if I'm confused about what I'm there for, no matter how badly I needed to go only seconds earlier. How can I overcome this apparent anxiety? Any tips or tricks for uninhibiting whatever it is that's causing my body to tense up? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Dec 23, 2015 - 28 answers

Career avenues for one who wants to help the fight against anxiety?

I would like to help people, maybe specifically teenagers, avoid being trapped in their lives by anxiety and save them some of the regret and difficulties I accrued. I believe if I turned my self seriously toward learning about it I could do some good. What sort of career avenues are there for someone interested in helping with this? And what sort of schooling do I need to have for them? [more inside]
posted by TheRedArmy on Dec 19, 2015 - 6 answers

Your earworm expungers

It's Christmastime, which means stress and endless exposure to certain pieces of music. Consequently, I am dealing with dire earworms. What are your go-to earworm overrides, fellow earworm sufferers? [more inside]
posted by gingerest on Dec 16, 2015 - 47 answers

My brain needs a hard reset

This is the weirdest, longest mental health setback I've had in years. I've been managing my ADHD, anxiety and depression 'like a pro' for quite some time until this past year. I've tried to overcome the setback using every approach in the book (so it would seem). It's not working. My hard-earned executive functioning skills have mostly disappeared. I think my brain needs a hard reset. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Dec 16, 2015 - 16 answers

I'm the office punching bag - what do I do?

I'm working in an office job at a small non-profit. As a junior member of staff, I'm repeatedly being blamed quite aggressively for things that either aren't my job or aren't anyone's fault. My concerns about this are being brushed off. The job consists of constant firefighting, there are constant non-specific threats over my future at the organisation and the stress and anxiety is making me sick. I'm planning to move on next year - but how do I make this place bearable in the interim? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 16, 2015 - 49 answers

What are some Tips & Tricks for making big decisions?

I'm at some major crossroads and need to make a big decision. Got any decision making strategies? [more inside]
posted by mannermode on Dec 14, 2015 - 23 answers

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