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Rear ended- how do I move on?

YANMD or ML. I was rear ended this morning, with minimal damage to my car. How worried should I be about physical injuries, and how can I get past my fear that every car behind me is going to hit me? [more inside]
posted by casualinference on Mar 20, 2015 - 17 answers

I can't go on, I'll go on (persevering when the going gets tough)

I need words of wisdom on how to carry on with life as normal when things are falling apart in a way that is outside your control. I can't go into specifics, but my partner and I are involved in proceedings that could have a catastrophic impact on my family's life. How do I find the strength to go on with my everyday life? [more inside]
posted by Dorothea_in_Rome on Mar 19, 2015 - 23 answers

How do I get rid of this driving anxiety?

I am suffering driving anxiety but not sure how to fix it. I'm looking for ideas on how to proceed. Extended (long) details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 18, 2015 - 9 answers

How to deal with percieved invasion of privacy?

I lost a USB memory stick recently while out and about, and it contained a full backup of stories and files that I've been working on since I was a teen. That's over 15 years of my most private stuff. I still have the files on the computer, but I carry the backup with me just in case something happens to my computer while I'm out. [more inside]
posted by starpoint on Mar 16, 2015 - 36 answers

"Exercise, eat right, and all your problems will be solved," they said!

I have bad PMS or PMDD symptoms lasting two weeks out of every month. Hormonal birth helps a lot, but also causes frequent migraine headaches. Where do I go from here? [more inside]
posted by theraflu on Mar 16, 2015 - 11 answers

Interventions and helping my best friend

My best friend, who historically suffers from depression, is spiraling out of control. We live together. We just moved out to Portland together. I need advice on interventions - I think he needs to see a psychologist, (or a psychiatrist?) but I have no idea how to tell him that. [more inside]
posted by special agent conrad uno on Mar 15, 2015 - 19 answers

Anxiety over anger

Whenever somebody is angry with me, regardless of whether they are a co-worker or a person I am dating, I tend to experience major anxiety and panic. One of my parents was emotionally/verbally abusive as a child and I am hyper-sensitive to displays of anger. What can I do about this? How can I learn to be less terrified of people being angry at me? [more inside]
posted by twill on Mar 10, 2015 - 21 answers

Anxiety and Memory Loss? Foods that help memory loss for vegans?

I seem to have acute anxiety lately, which is causing a cognition deficit for me. My memory is quite poor and lax these days - I'm not certain if it is due to my vegan diet, or my ongoing intensive anxiety? Are there any tips on how to improve my memory and stabilize my anxiety? [more inside]
posted by RearWindow on Mar 10, 2015 - 17 answers

Marijuana and early pregnancy: Fact, Fiction, and Anxiety

How much did my pot use in the first few weeks after intercourse effect my chances of a healthy pregnancy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 8, 2015 - 9 answers

Helping an anxious kid

What are good strategies for helping an anxious first or second grader deal with their anxiety.
posted by drezdn on Mar 7, 2015 - 11 answers

How to have a successful therapy experience

I'm seeing a therapist for the first time in my life next week following chronic illness. How do I get the best out of it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 6, 2015 - 7 answers

Relationship anxiety went from non-existent to paralyzing

When I was younger, I was never anxious about hearing back from a girlfriend or not. (To a fault: I'd head off on a trip by myself for a couple of weeks and not even think about talking to them or hearing from them.) I didn't worry when I was in those relationships, and I didn't worry when they ended. Now, as soon as I start falling for someone, I feel anxious at every short gap in reassurance and communication. I'll sit at work doing nothing, just waiting to get a text or email back. Is this kind of change common? Is there a name for it? Are there common causes? Treatment?
posted by anonymous on Mar 4, 2015 - 7 answers

How to handle extended illness when your company has no leave policy?

I wrote this question at the beginning of February about how bad my mental health had gotten. Since then, I went to the ER and was voluntarily hospitalized in an inpatient psych unit for a week - I just got out on Wednesday. Since then I've been in a partial hospitalization program, which may go on for another 2-4 weeks. My office has told me that they want me to do everything I need to do to take care of myself and get better, but the official policies are not backing that up. How do I manage my time off? [more inside]
posted by Neely O'Hara on Mar 3, 2015 - 9 answers

Self-injection anxiety

I am developing horrible fear of self-injection that is preventing me from administering my medication. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 2, 2015 - 17 answers

What causes me to wake up feeling muscular pain all over my body?

Hi! I really hope someone has had a similar condition and can help me. For about a year now, I wake up every morning with intense body pain and very low energy, as if my body had been tensed up all night long. I can sleep a solid 8, 9, 10 hours and still feel the same. I used to suffer from insomnia but not anymore. I can now fall asleep within minutes of reading. The muscle pain is similar to what you get when you have a flu. The situation does not improve during the day. [more inside]
posted by alexalexalex on Mar 1, 2015 - 22 answers

No, really, I like writing...

Even after my anxiety has decreased significantly, creative activity of any kind still makes me extremely anxious. These things used to be very interesting and fulfilling, and now I can't even think about them on a regular basis without worrying excessively. How can I get rid of this? [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Feb 27, 2015 - 11 answers

How can I survive a miserable and unfulfilling job?

I am stuck in a terrible job, with patronizing and rude coworkers and bosses, challenging responsibilities, and low compensation. It's making me sick, turning me into an alcoholic and an insomniac, but I'm afraid to leave because of financial burdens. What can I do? Where can I draw the line between financial responsibility and my own well-being? [more inside]
posted by summertimesadness1988 on Feb 25, 2015 - 13 answers

How to stop this downward spiral?

I am sick of feeling miserable. [more inside]
posted by jenh526 on Feb 24, 2015 - 24 answers

What, Me Worry?

I tend to obsessively brood about things -- usually frustrations or conflicts at work -- and I want to know how to leave that alone so I am not stressed out all the time thinking through situations I can do nothing to solve. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 18, 2015 - 13 answers

Being disciplined vs. not forcing it?

These days all the literature on creativity/productivity emphasizes routines and unromantic workmanlike discipline. Forget inspiration and "just do it!" But more often than not, when I put my butt in the chair to get down to business… Nothing. Happens. [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Feb 17, 2015 - 14 answers

Going to protests/marches alone and social anxiety

There are a lot of protests and marches I would like to attend, but none of my friends are interested in going. [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Feb 14, 2015 - 13 answers

midlife crisis? minor Major Depression? bad habits?

I have been struggling with lethargy, lack of interest, procrastination, and some sadness after not-so-recent transitions in my life and would like help with diagnosis and suggestions for next steps. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 14, 2015 - 14 answers

How do I get myself out of this rut?

I’m in a rut. I focus so hard on what I dislike about myself and my situation that I can’t motivate myself to get out of it. How do I stop dwelling on these things? How do I start? Lots of self-centered complaints inside. [more inside]
posted by The Man Who Wore the Sock on Feb 13, 2015 - 23 answers

10 Weeks Suffering with Pelvic Pain

You are not my doctor, but if anyone could possibly shed any light on what I've been dealing with for the past 2+ months it would be greatly appreciated. I'm a 38-year-old male and my symptoms appear to be urological in nature, but I'm not certain as to the root cause. I've visited three urologists, a chiropractor and a physiotherapist, but to no avail. [more inside]
posted by Tenacious.Me.Tokyo on Feb 10, 2015 - 6 answers

Has anyone cured lifelong Depression, Anxiety and OCD?

I am a 36 year old male. I have had OCD, Depression and Anxiety as far back as I can remember. I have done everything that I can to treat it - multiple medications, multiple therapists and a slew of naturopathic treatments Is there any hope for me? [more inside]
posted by kbbbo on Feb 8, 2015 - 16 answers

Curious about others' experiences with anti-depressants for anxiety.

What is taking anti-depressants for anxiety like for you? What were your concerns getting on the meds, and did you find that they were warranted? Do you regret or feel grateful that you tried the meds? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 6, 2015 - 25 answers

Mental health resources for a Federal employee working in California?

I'm a federal employee working in California. I just had an anxiety attack at work. I think I need space to regroup mentally and emotionally. What options are open to me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 6, 2015 - 6 answers

Sleep is my religion, but it's not his.

My husband snores loudly (85db peaks). I'm a light sleeper, and have general anxiety and PTSD issues that are exacerbated by lack of sleep. I can't sacrifice my mental health to the snoring! I'm perfectly happy sleeping in another room, and this was part of the deal when we got married. Now he's really upset about it. I don't need solutions for the snoring, just for the anger and upset it's causing in our home. [more inside]
posted by Bottlecap on Feb 6, 2015 - 57 answers

Extended probation at work. Can I come back from this?

Started a new job that I was super excited about a few months ago. It's been overwhelming. I've worked long, long days, and tried really hard, but I dropped some (big, visible) balls because I misprioritized. Worse, I didn't ask for help figuring out what was important. Now I'm on extended probation. I'm so worried that I won't be able to change their opinions of me. [more inside]
posted by my puppet has socks on Feb 3, 2015 - 13 answers

Can mental health issues be serious even if you're not suicidal?

This question in September was me, and months later I am still really struggling, even after a medication change. My quality of life is definitely being impacted, but I just cannot get past the thought that since I'm not suicidal, I'm not psychotic, I've never been hospitalized, I have a job, I maintain a home and hygiene, I have great relationships - all of this means that my mental illness must be pretty minor, all things considered. [more inside]
posted by Neely O'Hara on Feb 1, 2015 - 27 answers

Should I use my real name to write about sex and Asperger's Syndrome?

I've been writing for a year and a half. I'm proud of my work, which is pretty obscure so far but some people like it and I'd like to try to go somewhere with it. (I'm in my late twenties if that makes a difference.) I just got published in an erotic anthology that's kind of a big deal. I also write essays for a high-traffic website. I think I'd have a wider audience if I used my real name. But I'm worried about discrimination because it's pretty sensitive material. [more inside]
posted by tuberose on Feb 1, 2015 - 15 answers

How do I make a bad experience not be a big problem?

If you skim my question history, you'll notice that I have anxiety about medications that might make me feel high, extra-alert, whatever. Today at the dentist I got a few nice big shots of epinephrine as an additional painkiller and they fucked me up--sobbing panic attack for a couple hours, not fun. I'm feeling mostly okay now, but really don't want to have this bad experience turn into another point of anxiety for me. What can I do to make this just a crappy morning instead of a Big Deal that gets added to my (brief but potent) list of triggers? [more inside]
posted by c'mon sea legs on Jan 30, 2015 - 10 answers

Anxiety/ADHD in Boston

I was diagnosed with anxiety and ADHD out of state. Where could I go in Boston to get meds as quickly as possible? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu on Jan 30, 2015 - 8 answers

I am a man of many interests... with no idea how to talk about them.

How can I become more comfortable talking about myself and sharing my interests with others? [more inside]
posted by thornhill on Jan 29, 2015 - 15 answers

Under what circumstances do the chemicals in matches react?

I lit a match yesterday. I am afraid that the matchbox and everything the match touched will spontaneously ignite. Please reassure me with science, or, failing that, tell me what to do to avoid spontaneous ignition. Thank you very much! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 28, 2015 - 14 answers

Severe job hunting anxiety

I have always experienced crippling anxiety whenever I've tried applying for jobs, so I've stayed in the same lousy job for years just to avoid it. Now that lousy job is ending due to layoffs, so I have to get over this somehow. I have already tried therapy and I'm on anti-anxiety medication. What else can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 28, 2015 - 12 answers

how I learned to stop worrying and love the gym

Have bitten the bullet and joined a new gym. Just going there to sign up and take a tour of the facilities was enough to make me feel inadequate. I didn't see a single person there who looked like me. I need help with silencing the negative self-talk, because I really do want to stick with it. Any advice for a frightened, fat gym noob? Success stories, words of inspiration? Or just what you wish you knew when you started out? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Jan 27, 2015 - 51 answers

Scared of attraction.

29 year old heterosexual male. I believe that I have social anxiety when it comes to talking to women I am attracted to - perhaps more than normal. This has meant very little sex or relationships throughout my life. Practical ideas for dealing with this would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 25, 2015 - 18 answers

Finding translation customers at trade fair?

How do I network/find new customers at a consumer trade fair, and is it a good idea at all? [more inside]
posted by runincircles on Jan 23, 2015 - 2 answers

Confused about dating, too fickle to live

If anyone wants to help me with my weird confusion about dating, read on.. . [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Jan 23, 2015 - 13 answers

Parenting an Anxious Kid

My 4 year old seems to be considerably more anxious, perfectionistic, and emotional than his peers. Do you have a kid like this? WERE you a kid like this? Give me your secrets to helping him develop coping skills. [more inside]
posted by tchemgrrl on Jan 21, 2015 - 24 answers

Legit online therapy for anxiety?

For anyone who has done online therapy, was your experience useful? Any specific recommendations or tips for finding something that is legitimate? I am particularly interested in therapy that can be done over instant messaging. [more inside]
posted by picardythird on Jan 21, 2015 - 8 answers

Is my Adderall treating my ADHD?

My Adderall prescription works great for me. But increasingly, it feels like its functional effect on me is less about attention and focus, and more about depressive/anxious tendencies I have. Is this a problem? Does anyone have experience around this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 20, 2015 - 13 answers

Could I have got to the age of 30 with undiagnosed ADHD?

The more I hear or read about the symptoms of ADD/ADHD the more I wonder if it could explain some of my personality traits. Does it sound like it could be, and is there any value in getting it professionally assessed? 'Symptoms' under the cut.. [more inside]
posted by Dorothea_in_Rome on Jan 17, 2015 - 14 answers

Car dealership majorly screwing me over -- help!

MeFites, I'm 26/f and know squat about car repairs, except to know that I'm too broke to keep paying for the same problem to be fixed multiple times. Dealerships are evil. Let's discuss. [more inside]
posted by themaskedwonder on Jan 14, 2015 - 19 answers

We Need Words of Encouragement

On anxiety and medication for the modern man. [more inside]
posted by polly_dactyl on Jan 13, 2015 - 17 answers

How do you know if you're making the right decision or self-sabotaging?

Anxious people: how do you decipher when anxiety is getting the best of you, or if something just isn't right? In your experience, can guilt/anxiety prevent you from feeling full love? If I let him go, it's permanent, and I'm 100% terrified to make a mistake that hurts us both forever. [more inside]
posted by sandj2014 on Jan 12, 2015 - 30 answers

Tricks to settle down in the evenings and improve sleep while pregnant?

Hello! I am just starting my second trimester and the evenings and nights are a tricky time for me. I am not mentally worried about anything and feel very positive about being pregnant, but physically I feel pretty funny at night. My legs get restless, I feel tense and tight... I run too cold and then too warm. My clothes don't feel right- tags and seams bother me, I end up changing a few times in the evenings and I get itchy. Food doesn't seem to sit right and I get a sickly feeling in my stomach. Did you feel this way? How long? What helped? Mental tricks or games? [more inside]
posted by catspajammies on Jan 10, 2015 - 13 answers

Dealing with anxiety and self-doubt as a new public defender

I got my "dream job." I love it and don't want to do anything else. It is also completely insane and impossible. Help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 4, 2015 - 13 answers

How to escalate small talk to medium talk?

I met this great guy in NYC on everyone's favorite dating website. We've been out a few weekends in a row and had a great time together, but I'm running in to a sort of roadblock, conversationally. We are both introverted and quiet, and we both find small talk is insanely boring. [more inside]
posted by Kestrelxo on Jan 4, 2015 - 16 answers

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