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Making 11th hour nerves work for you

You procrastinated. You think that despite your poor planning, you can actually manage this (important) task (which has big consequences etc.). All you have to do is stop feeling queasy and clammy. What are your tips for immediately reducing anxiety that expresses itself physically in this situation? [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock on Nov 3, 2015 - 31 answers

Interstate Intervention?

The shit has hit the fan. The plane has crashed into the mountain. My out-of-town sister needs help for her drinking, depression and anxiety above and beyond what her loved ones or twice-a-week therapy can provide. Since interventions don't work, how do I get her the help she needs? [more inside]
posted by Pearl928 on Nov 3, 2015 - 14 answers

I failed at being an MRI patient. What now?

This afternoon I was scheduled to have an MRI on a knee that I injured a couple weeks ago. Although mentally I felt a little nervous, I was not freaking out. Unfortunately, my body disagreed. My heart was pounding and my leg would not stop twitching and shaking, so much so that they couldn't get a good image. Looking for stories if any others have had this problem and advice as to next steps. [more inside]
posted by misskaz on Nov 2, 2015 - 26 answers

I want to dress like an adult, but I'm paralyzed by the idea of spending

I've recently started working in a new office where everybody dresses quite well. Prior to this, I was in full-time student mode, so I never cared about what I wore. I want to start looking more put-together. It shouldn't be this difficult to buy about 5-6 basics to update my office wardrobe, but I am SO. PARALYZED. at the idea of having to spend money on more than 1-2 items at a time. I waste hours and hours looking at clothes online and never buy a single item. This needs to stop. [more inside]
posted by fernweh on Oct 31, 2015 - 62 answers

How to remain positive while unemployed?

The stress of unemployment and the possibility of not having anymore money to live off of is taking its toll on our health. We seek the support of career coaches and therapists, we apply to jobs, we do the interviews, but almost always another candidate is chosen for the position. How does remain hopeful while in this seemingly endless cycle? [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend on Oct 30, 2015 - 4 answers

How to stop obsessive thinking about getting fired?

Every job I have ever had I become convinced I am getting fired. How can I stop believing this and sabotaging myself at work. [more inside]
posted by thelastgirl on Oct 28, 2015 - 26 answers

Should a hypochondriac take SSRIs?

My depression and anxiety are getting out of control, and I think medication would help. However, I'm also a massive hypochondriac as part of my anxiety problem, and I'm really worried about the side effects. Is it worth giving meds a shot anyway? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 27, 2015 - 16 answers

Best Practices for Depression

I'm on the upswing(fingers crossed) after a year-long bout with depression. Finally found the right combination of medication + therapy to help me get to a slightly better place. However, now that I finally have the energy to start improving myself, I'm at a loss of what to do. I'm looking for concrete life changes that I can make now that I have the motivation to better. Anything with scientific data attached is ideal, although anecdata is appreciated as well. [more inside]
posted by aleatorictelevision on Oct 27, 2015 - 8 answers

Big plate of 'party invite etiquette' beans

Is it polite to invite person A at the last minute to a party (in this case, my darling SO's birthday celebration)? I am feeling somewhat anxious about this occasion already and don't want to offend or exclude anyone. I know this is only a big deal in my own mind, and probably in no-one else's, but it is one of a couple of minor things I am feeling a bit stressed about as the day approaches. [more inside]
posted by Weng on Oct 26, 2015 - 13 answers

Increased anxiety with different Wellbutrin generics?

I was on one generic Wellbutrin, now I'm on another, and I'm feeling kind of bananas. [more inside]
posted by Drohan on Oct 26, 2015 - 17 answers

Forgot to take celexa for 2 days - what can I now?

I'm on 20mg day of citalopram/celexa for generalised anxiety. I stupidly forgot to take it over the weekend. Have found it and taken today's dose but can already feel withdrawal anxiety amping up. Is there anything I can do to make this less painful until it gets back into my system? I work from home so suffer from loneliness and lack of distractions, though I have meetings with a nice colleague tomorrow. I also have a legal appointment on Thursday that is making me very anxious.
posted by Dorothea_in_Rome on Oct 26, 2015 - 6 answers

My anxiety and depression are ruining my life, what do I do now?

I have struggled, periodically, with depression. I was always able to manage it. There have been some situations in my life where I've taken anti-depressants because the depression was a little more debilitating. more inside... [more inside]
posted by getyourlife on Oct 24, 2015 - 4 answers

Hope for the anxiety-prone?

Husband and I expect to get news a week from Friday (possibly sooner but a week from Friday at the latest) that may either be very exciting and happy or sad. Meanwhile, I am destroying my insides with anxiety. Help me not do that. [more inside]
posted by kat518 on Oct 22, 2015 - 18 answers

Vitamin B breaking me out! HELP!

Vitamin B has really helped to improve my mental state, I don't want to stop taking it but it's breaking me out. Do you have any alternatives? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Oct 21, 2015 - 7 answers

Bad social skills

I have really bad social skills that are holding me back. And I'm tired of it. Need some guidance. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 19, 2015 - 15 answers

How do I enjoy being single?

My ex moved out roughly 2 weeks ago. I'm feeling extremely sad and alone. How do I not jump into another relationship right away? [more inside]
posted by Nicole21 on Oct 16, 2015 - 20 answers

Paid chores/work for a teenager with social anxiety?

During the school break, my teenager with moderate social anxiety and related perfectionist anxiety needs to work to earn some side cash/pocket money. Older siblings worked at fast food places, dogsat, did data entry, etc. at the same age, but these aren't working out for him at all. I need ideas for work that can be done from home and aren't total "makework". [more inside]
posted by dorothyisunderwood on Oct 15, 2015 - 18 answers

Anxiety resources?

My niece has anxiety - panic attacks, etc. I feel like I am not up-to-date on anxiety/panic attacks or how to deal with them - can you recommend any resources that I can read or look into? [more inside]
posted by needlegrrl on Oct 12, 2015 - 12 answers

Managing social anxiety as a parent

How do parents with anxiety protect their children from their own worries and fears? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 11, 2015 - 9 answers

Mid-life crisis: existential or situational?

I just turned 40 and am deeply conflicted about where I am in life. Is this something I should just sit out or do I need to make changes? [more inside]
posted by socksister on Oct 9, 2015 - 15 answers

My gender is confusing part 2

I finally got up the nerve to phone a trans friendly doctor and have a meet and greet appointment next week to see if she'll take me on as a patient and help me on the road to transitioning. I'm at a loss about what to say and how to explain a few things. Help? [more inside]
posted by kanata on Oct 6, 2015 - 16 answers

Is this depression or am I just being dramatic?

Can I technically be depressed if I'm still finding joy and comfort in my relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 1, 2015 - 15 answers

Am I doing money wrong?

I feel like I go from one financial juicebox to another. I can't save money, am trapped in an unpleasant job situation as a result, and the whole mess has me frankly pretty depressed. Is there anything at all that can be done? Warning: long woe-is-me descriptions within. [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Oct 1, 2015 - 39 answers

Pregnant finally, but full of shame, guilt, and anxiety

My husband and I finally conceived after months and months of trying, but I made a ton of mistakes before I knew and I am completely beating myself up. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 28, 2015 - 57 answers

Staying happy during a transition time?

A lot is in transition in my life right now. How can I stay happy and limit the feelings of being overwhelmed? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Sep 27, 2015 - 6 answers

CBT: Feelings _before_ Thoughts?

Have you found that a basic idea around CBT simply doesn't ring true for you? [more inside]
posted by tcv on Sep 27, 2015 - 19 answers

How can I support parents supporting a depressed and anxious son?

My teenage brother has been struggling with pretty severe anxiety and depression for the last ~9 months; while my parents are being (in my view) amazing caregivers for him, I think they're both suffering from a lack of self-care, optimism, and support. What resources can I point them to, and what can I do, to help them with this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 26, 2015 - 5 answers

Having fun, but lacking sleep. What can I do to fix this?

Certain things are leaving me WIRED at night, and I’m having trouble sleeping because of them. [more inside]
posted by dean_deen on Sep 24, 2015 - 15 answers

Why can't I sleep and what can I do to sleep?

Starting when I was a teenager I have had trouble sleeping, but this has only become worse as I have become an adult. Now, without the use of medication and even with them, I feel chronically fatigued. [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend on Sep 24, 2015 - 12 answers

Why do I get sick of every job after about 6 months?

I've worked in software QA for the past five years. I've gotten sick of the last three jobs I've had, each after about 6 months. It could be a result of significant changes to the work environment each time, but I'm starting to think it's just me. [more inside]
posted by seiryuu on Sep 23, 2015 - 13 answers

Depressed and Anxious - Unmotivated unless I take a Tranqulizer

This seems counter-intuitive so I thought I'd search out insight as to why this happens. I have been treated for depression with anxiety for over 20 years and for the most part, my daily medicine helps me function like a normal person. I find that I tire very easily and after having explored and corrected regular medical reasons (Low D) I still feel like coming home after work and doing absolutely nothing. It feels therapeutic to crawl into bed even though my heart and stomach feel full of anxious energy. [more inside]
posted by Snackpants on Sep 23, 2015 - 9 answers

Pregnant and Listeria Anxiety?

You are not my doctor, but perhaps you can help me anyway. I'm 17 weeks pregnant; two weeks ago, I had a low fever, sudden vomiting (in the absence of any previous morning sickness), and some flu-like symptoms. My doctor gave me IV fluids and sent me home. Now I'm worried I had listeria. Help? [more inside]
posted by EtTuHealy on Sep 22, 2015 - 10 answers

Dealing with abusive former collaborator who runs in same social circles

My close professional relationship with a man ended badly because he was abusive towards me and I finally couldn’t take it anymore. He's blown up over tiny things, yelled at me until I cried, made inappropriate sexual advances, etc. He’s done this to at least 5 different women, but nobody wants to talk about it openly. [more inside]
posted by doodletoo on Sep 20, 2015 - 7 answers

Depression and Anxiety as it prevents you from doing what you want

I hope some of you can speak to a specific area of depression that I see expressed in various examples but don't know exactly what to call it. I am hoping for tips on overcoming this specific aspect while I work on the larger problem. [more inside]
posted by tcv on Sep 20, 2015 - 10 answers

Preventing morning adrenal surges

I've realized that morning adrenaline and cortisol surges are largely responsible for my daily hours of panic and dread. While I know ways of soothing that after the fact, I want to prevent it altogether and am looking for supplements, medication, lifestyle hacks. More inside. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Sep 20, 2015 - 17 answers

Playing the waiting game

I am in the process of being diagnosed with a disease, possibly a very rare disease that will possibly require surgery yet cannot be cured. This is scaring the holy crap out of my and the doctors are giving minimal information about what, exactly, is going on. I'm looking for advice on whether to contact my GP to try and get clarification and also ways to calm down. [more inside]
posted by Amy93 on Sep 19, 2015 - 9 answers

How to cope with working for a narcissist?

I love my job, but my boss' narcissistic personality is causing me a great deal of personal stress. I don't want to leave my job. Looking for resources to help me cope! [more inside]
posted by youdontknowme on Sep 18, 2015 - 18 answers

Ruminations on Past Unpleasantry

I've noticed in the past few years that I've been having a lot of unpleasant memories resurfacing in my head, whether randomly or triggered by something I see. I feel overwhelmed by these sometimes and want to be able to move past them and focus more on the present. [more inside]
posted by monologish on Sep 16, 2015 - 4 answers

Dealing with anxiety about parenting

I'm good at doing my best and resting easy when I'm alone with my kids, but I get very anxious about them in social situations. My 5 year old son is strong willed, very physical, and likes to make people laugh. It's a rough combination--all three of those traits produce behaviors that have the potential to offend people and/or be against the rules. Any tips for dealing with this kind of anxiety? [more inside]
posted by tk on Sep 14, 2015 - 11 answers

Take it easy on yourself..

Feeling anxiety/paranoid at a new job. Help. [more inside]
posted by MeaninglessMisfortune on Sep 14, 2015 - 9 answers

Healthy Expectations for New Dating Situation?

I am six months out of a 3.5 years serious relationship (and very traumatizing break up). I've been dating a new person for two weeks. The dates themselves are great and he shows many signs of wishing to slowly move forward with me. However, I am very anxious between dates. He doesn't text me much between dates and is self-admittedly not a "planner" (e.g. we will have a date but he doesn't confirm day-of; just texts that he is coming over 30 minutes before the agreed-upon time). I can't tell if the anxiety is from (1) normal new relationship feelings; (2) my gut telling me this guy is not into me enough; or (3) my own desperation to feel like I have the stability and constant contact of a LTR again. What are your stories of the first month or two of your own relationships? I have never dated quite like this (we met online) and I want to be more okay with the "dance" and ensuing miscommunications/awkwardness. [more inside]
posted by minoraltercation on Sep 14, 2015 - 13 answers

I Broke Up with Him and I'm Heartbroken

I broke up with him a week ago. I feel like he is the one who broke up with me. [more inside]
posted by Nicole21 on Sep 12, 2015 - 63 answers

Can stress make you reconsider relationships?

I'm pretty stressed out (and maybe depressed?) and it's making me annoyed all the time and unfortunately, surfacing niggling feelings that is making me reconsider my relationship. Now I feel even more stressed and just plain guilty and mean. How do you think clearly through stress/depression/anxiety/etc. about this kind of issue and differentiate the stress-thinking from everything else? [more inside]
posted by buttonedup on Sep 9, 2015 - 30 answers

Just started new job, but does my superior team member want me gone?

Just started a new job and would like to keep it. Superior team member asked me when my contract ends. He has the power to determine whether I stay on the team or not. Is this cause for alarm? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by koolaidnovel on Sep 9, 2015 - 12 answers

What do ethical dog breeders want in puppy parents?

I am shortly to go visit a dog I want (5 month German shepherd) from a super ethical breeder, and I don't want to accidentally flunk out. Please help me know what to say and calm down before this interview so I can be a good and happy dog parent! [more inside]
posted by corb on Sep 8, 2015 - 7 answers

Is he a liar or am I just crazy? Should I break it off?

I am starting to think my boyfriend has been lying to me for a long time. Not sure what to do about this relationship. [more inside]
posted by Nicole21 on Sep 5, 2015 - 78 answers

Sam-E, Ashwagandha, etc: Supplements that help depression/anxiety?

I suffer from anxiety, anhedonia and depression. I just had to wean off of yet another AD, and am tired of searching a medication that treats my symptoms with minimal side effects. My therapist suggested looking into Sam-e and ashwagandha in the meantime, and my psych doc said it would be worth a try. Has anyone had success with supplements such as Sam-E? What did you take, and did you notice a difference? I'm trying to sort through what is scientifically-backed and what is woo. Anecdata is welcome as well. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 2, 2015 - 18 answers

Where can I find a support group in Boston for people with depression?

I am currently living in the outskirts of Boston (Waltham area) and am able to commute to the city very readily. I am looking for a support group, of the type that is similar to AA, where individuals are in a collective environment and discuss their struggles with depression and other affective mood disorders. The only things I have been able to find are group sessions that are part of a doctor’s treatment which cost money that I currently do not have. [more inside]
posted by caudal on Sep 2, 2015 - 3 answers

Perfectionism, procrastination and panic: finishing essay under pressure

UK university filter: I have to finish two much-overdue essays very quickly. How to best shut down my mind (while anxious and depressed) from procrastinating and indulging in perfectionism / "analysis paralysis) [more inside]
posted by runincircles on Sep 1, 2015 - 7 answers

Help me get over my rat/vermin phobia.

There are rats in the garbage shed behind my house. My landlord has been contacted and I have no evidence of them being in my house, but I am completely terrified to be there at night now. I know about all of the logical things I can do, but I am filled with terror and don't want to sleep at home knowing they're outside and knowing that they could get in. [more inside]
posted by lollipopgomez on Aug 31, 2015 - 13 answers

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