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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

Looking for anxiety self-help strategies before pursuing therapy/meds

I'm pretty sure I have some sort of anxiety problem, and it's been getting worse lately. I've never taken meds or been to therapy, though I know that I probably should. However, I'm about to embark on a month-long vacation, so I'll have to wait until I get back to pursue them. What are some self-help strategies that I can use in the meantime? [more inside]
posted by vanitas on Aug 31, 2015 - 9 answers

Cheating ex-friend hasn't finished ruining my life

I posted this question a while ago. What I failed to mention there is that my ex-friend was also a coworker. I've since moved on to a new job that I love, but now I hear that my terrible ex-friend is thinking about applying for a job at my new company. This has sent me into a panic. [more inside]
posted by a strong female character on Aug 30, 2015 - 53 answers

Present for a new and anxious post-doc

A dear friend of mine has just finished their PhD and is immediately starting a post doc. What gift can I give them to help them get off on the right foot dealing with their anxiety, etc.? [more inside]
posted by congen on Aug 28, 2015 - 7 answers

Selfhelp for obsessive thinking that isn't typical OCD

Hi everyone, You've all been so helpful with giving me advice and support through my various anxieties and life stressors. I've reluctantly acknowledged today that I haven't cracked my problems with obsessive thinking. I'd love to try working through a self-help workbook, but need one that doesn't focus on a stereotypical idea of what OCD is. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by Dorothea_in_Rome on Aug 25, 2015 - 10 answers

Do antidepressants give you a false illusion of life?

I am on lexapro and wellbutrin. They have worked out well. Lexapro in making me relaxed and not sweat the small stuff, and wellbutrin gives me a kick of energy and happiness. But...is this real? [more inside]
posted by marciainabox on Aug 24, 2015 - 30 answers

This is supposed to be fun, right? Event planning as an anxious person..

I would like to start planning more fun events for my friends and I, but I'm having trouble with anxiety over decisions and group dynamics. I’d love to hear any hacks or tricks as to how to arrange group outings that would be fun for everyone. (Specifically things like board-game nights, canoe and camping trips, hiking, river tubing etc.) [more inside]
posted by seraph9 on Aug 24, 2015 - 14 answers

How do deal with anxiety when starting new job??

Dear Metafilter members, I would like to ask you if you can share some experiences on how to fit into a new work environment after you have been fired unfairly at your old job and deal with day to day stress of learning a new job and dealing with anxiety of not fitting in, so I don't get fired again for work performance? [more inside]
posted by Pavlinm on Aug 22, 2015 - 2 answers

Overwhelming anxiety about one very specific thing

I recently posted this ask about encountering bed bugs while traveling and being really freaked out. I got a lot of great practical advice from other frequent travelers, but I'm still struggling with intense, totally out of proportion anxiety and hoping for some insight on that side of things. Details below. [more inside]
posted by catoclock on Aug 21, 2015 - 15 answers

Talking to my doctor about anxiety

I think it's finally time for me to talk to my doctor about anxiety. I'm looking for advice on what I should be telling him, and what I should be expecting in terms of treatment options. [more inside]
posted by sevenyearlurk on Aug 18, 2015 - 22 answers

Attending work conferences as an anxious introvert

Looking for psychological strategies to minimize the dread I feel [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Aug 17, 2015 - 8 answers

Should I stay with my emotionally unstable boyfriend?

My boyfriend lies, has anxiety and is unstable emotionally, should I stick it out to help him get better or leave him behind for good? [more inside]
posted by Lolly on Aug 10, 2015 - 31 answers

Bed bugs, business travel, and being reasonable

I encountered bed bugs for the first time and it majorly freaked me out. I travel regularly for work and am curious how other frequent travelers deal with this issue without succumbing to constant anxiety. [more inside]
posted by catoclock on Aug 9, 2015 - 20 answers

Pretty sure I need a doctor, no idea which one.

I have a bunch of stuff going on, some of it is anxiety related, but it's manifesting in, to be short about it, me being fat, and as per usual, medical interactions are not positive and I don't even know what sort of doctor to try to find, much less talk to. Predictably, more inside. Predictably, wall of text, also. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 8, 2015 - 18 answers

How do I navigate these difficult shores?

I am increasingly unhappy in my current job and in my mind have decided to exit stage left as soon as is possible. I had a recent interview which went well and there is the option to proceed to the next stage. The problem is I was asked if I would be ok with presenting to large numbers. I said yes whilst my inner voice screamed no. It was the verbalisation of my biggest desire - not the reality. I am tied up in knots deciding - what is the best thing to do? [more inside]
posted by numberstation on Aug 5, 2015 - 13 answers

Fear in opening myself to a good man in a good relationship?

I have been with my boyfriend for not even two months but he is already so in love and so infatuated and I wonder why I am looking at things so much differently. He has not dated many people and I have, lots who have hurt me and some the other way around. I am finding myself scared to love him back fully and wonder why I am not quite as infatuated though I feel I do love him in return? [more inside]
posted by Chelsaroo650 on Aug 4, 2015 - 18 answers

How to gauge interest and deal with rejection in early stages of dating?

After a pretty rough breakup in January, I'm starting to be open to the idea of dating again. However, I don't find myself romantically attracted to very many people, so when I do find someone I am interested in, I tend to get my hopes up. I started talking to a guy and feel like I am receiving mixed signals - how do I gauge interest and deal with the possibility of rejection after hoping this would work out? [more inside]
posted by Malleable on Aug 2, 2015 - 15 answers

A "Novel Cure" for anxiety about the future?

Inspired by The Novel Cure, I'm wondering if I can get any book recommendations (preferably fiction) that deal with anxiety/worry about the future? [more inside]
posted by modesty.blaise on Jul 29, 2015 - 4 answers

Relaxation Techniques for an Eating Disordered Gal

I am battling an eating disorder and need some strategies to calm down, relieve anxiety and clear my brain before and after meals. [more inside]
posted by mmmleaf on Jul 27, 2015 - 14 answers

Dealing with our child's anxiety-related need for total control

Our adopted child has a crazy need for control and we're worried about how it will impact their socialization in school. [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman on Jul 27, 2015 - 23 answers

How can I adapt to apartment noise?

I've lived in apartments for a long time, but I've always been very easily bothered by noise. My partner is not affected the way I am. Is it possible to train yourself to be more easygoing, like her, when it comes to the noise you inevitably encounter living in the city? [more inside]
posted by teponaztli on Jul 27, 2015 - 21 answers

Should I seek an autism diagnosis?

Should I seek an autism diagnosis? I was assessed for aspergers ten years ago, which was negative for a stated reason that I believe was incorrect, based on my own research into how autism presents in females. Is it worth trying again? [more inside]
posted by bluebell on Jul 26, 2015 - 10 answers

How to tell when people actually don't like me?

I feel like I'm having a hard time making the transition from friends that I see at parties to friends that I can call up for a random happy hour or the like. The anxiety-ridden part of my brain has me convinced that this is because these people don't actually like me. How can I discern the truth and take next steps? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 25, 2015 - 11 answers

Should I switch therapists?

I'm trying to figure out, a few sessions into therapy, whether my feelings of initial apathy, now verging on annoyance, are a reason to consider looking for a new therapist or not. Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by mister pointy on Jul 23, 2015 - 8 answers

Young anxious student out of Lexapro on first trip abroad to London

My young cousin is on her first international trip and also one of her first trips away from home in London on a short study abroad trip. She is supposed to travel home Monday but unexpectedly ran out of Lexapro this week, which she takes for anxiety. She's now incredibly anxious. She was able to alleviate the anxiety by going to see Wicked last night, but now the rest of her weekend is looming ahead of her and she's alone. No earlier flights available. Study abroad program can't/won't help. Can anyone provide advice on emergency NHS assistance for a non EU citizen on a weekend? We're just trying to get her through to her flight home Monday.
posted by anonymous on Jul 18, 2015 - 12 answers

Tips for surviving MRIs as an anxious person

I am having two MRIs with contrast this week and I'm absolutely dreading it. Do you have any tips on how I can make it more bearable? [more inside]
posted by dangerbird on Jul 15, 2015 - 35 answers

From perm to...temp?

I'm wondering if it would make sense to quit my permanent job in order to temp, given my circumstances. Also, any information about what it's like to temp in 2015 would be helpful. [more inside]
posted by silly me on Jul 10, 2015 - 9 answers

My life is empty. Wat do?

19 year old dude here, history of disabling depression and social anxiety, with nothing to occupy his mind. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 10, 2015 - 15 answers

Stay or go: Interview Edition

I applied for a lateral transfer, but would miss significant aspects of my existing job if I took it. I waffled over email after being offered an interview, first declining due to personal reasons and then saying the personal issue was resolved. I'm having trouble parsing what would make me happiest and what professional ramifications would be for either choice (in particular, how insane I look now and/or will look if I back out again now or after the interview.) Thank you in advance and I really appreciate any help I can get. [more inside]
posted by dissolvedgirl22 on Jul 7, 2015 - 2 answers

Therapist Recommendation in Somerville or Cambridge

Could you recommend a therapist in the Somerville/Cambridge area who takes Cigna? [more inside]
posted by Polyhymnia on Jul 7, 2015 - 3 answers

How do I get an evaluation for things like ADD?

I'm an American woman in my mid 30s. I think I might have ADD or something like it, but I don't understand what the procedure is for being evaluated (/diagnosed, if there's something to diagnose). Where do I start? Far too many details follow, sorry. [more inside]
posted by kutsushita nyanko on Jul 5, 2015 - 14 answers

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