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Health insurance for the first time....should I use it?

I have insurance for the first time, and I haven't been to a doctor since I was a child (>20 years). I am not sure exactly how doctors...work. Like, when it's appropriate to make use of the insurance. [more inside]
posted by polywomp on Jul 2, 2013 - 23 answers

How should we handle carpet beetle dermatitis?

About a month ago, my partner began finding (what look like) insect bites scattered all over her body. They itch intensely but intermittently. We checked for bedbugs and found no evidence, but keep finding carpet beetles in our bedroom. My partner continues to find new bites, and it seems like she's getting them at night. Have you had any experience with "carpet beetle dermatitis?" Any telltale signs to help differentiate this from bedbug bites, ezcema, fleas, etc? Most importantly, what did you do to get rid of them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 1, 2013 - 9 answers

How can I get over a mild fear of heights and enjoy my balcony?

I live on the 24th floor of a highrise apartment building. I have a kick-ass balcony. Seriously, the view is incredible, and I get some amazing afternoon sun. However, I also have a mild (??) fear of heights that keeps me from really appreciating it. Now that our fleeting summer's here, I've realized I don't want to go another year not being able to enjoy my balcony! [more inside]
posted by cgg on Jun 29, 2013 - 15 answers

The cat is driving us crazy.

After moving to a new apartment my cat has spent nearly 100% of his waking hours HOWLING at the door. Pacing in front of it. Jumping up and batting at the knob. When we open the door he BOLTS out, down the hallway and to the stairs where he just lays down and looks pleased with himself. [more inside]
posted by lindseyg on Jun 26, 2013 - 22 answers

Twitching eyes and night sweats - just my anxiety?

Are these symptoms just the usual stress-induced annoyances or potentially something else? [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist on Jun 23, 2013 - 4 answers

Help me navigate my relationships with well-meaning former coworkers.

I left a toxic workplace six months ago for a new job. I'm happy with my new gig, but running into former coworkers still puts me in a funk -- and I see them constantly. How do I handle interactions with them if I work in the same field and/or travel in the same social circles? Snowflakery inside. [more inside]
posted by whenbynowandtreebyleaf on Jun 21, 2013 - 10 answers

Identity Theft Victim Needs a Therapist

Very short and to the point question. A family member has been the victim of identity theft, and are doing very poorly in terms of mental health in the process of trying to cope. They have severe phone anxiety, social anxiety, etc, and this is emotionally destroying them. I need a therapist in the Atlanta metro area, preferably Dunwoody/Norcross area that is taking new patients ASAP and who has experience with ID theft and anxiety issues. Bonus if they take Blue Cross Blue Shield GA's Blue Choice POS insurance, but willing to pay if they don't.
posted by strixus on Jun 21, 2013 - 2 answers

How do I get better at being in therapy?

I’ve got an appointment with a new therapist next week. I’m really excited, because wow do I have some things to work out, but I’m also wary because I’m crap at being in therapy. This new therapist seems to be a good fit, at least on paper and according to a recommendation I’ve gotten. Does anyone have any constructive ideas about how to be a good patient in therapy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 21, 2013 - 9 answers

Anxiety Builds up at work - I quit, find another job - Rinse, repeat

I seem to be in a pattern of working someplace for 4-5 years, slowly getting more and more dissatisfied with where I am and what I'm doing. Finally I quit the job and find another only to repeat the same process. Help me break the pattern. [snowstorm inside] [more inside]
posted by signsofrain on Jun 21, 2013 - 11 answers

What to say to my alcoholic dad

I feel compelled to say something to my dad about his drinking, after he hurt himself while drunk recently. I don't know if I should even bother. [more inside]
posted by DayTripper on Jun 20, 2013 - 27 answers

Short-Term Help for Anxiety

So, I suffer from occasional anxiety. I usually manage this by doing things like visualization, breathing exercises, and taking Lavela lavender supplements. However, I am staring down the barrel of a scary medical situation and freaking out. My question pertains to getting some extra help via a doctor. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 20, 2013 - 8 answers

Weigh in with your experiences.

Weighted blanket: good idea, or recipe for pickier sleep habits? This special snowflake travels a lot for work, has dust mite allergies, and dehydrates easily during sleep. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself on Jun 20, 2013 - 6 answers

Need recommendations for low-cost/sliding scale psychiatric care in NYC

Asking for a friend of mine who lives in Brooklyn. She's suffering from some acute anxiety, and really needs to see someone, but the healthcare she gets through her company do not cover mental health expenses, and she cannot afford to pay out of pocket. [more inside]
posted by sparringnarwhal on Jun 20, 2013 - 3 answers

dealing with intrusive thoughts

Hi Hivemind. So, when I was a kid I suffered badly from intrusive thoughts. I am a LOT better now, but every so often my intrusive thoughts get triggered, usually from being in a particular place where I had a bad episode as a teenager. I have to go there regularly and often at night when I am trying to go to sleep I'll have another episode. How to deal, apart from therapy? I'm on the waiting list. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 20, 2013 - 10 answers

How to combat anxiety?

My anti-depressant (Wellbutrin XL) is generally working, but one of the side-effects is a great deal of generalized anxiety. I'm stuck with the anti-depressant for now, so I'm looking for practices, foods, or medications you've been prescribed that helped you combat anxiety. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 18, 2013 - 26 answers

How much detail do I have to give?

I am going to have to quit a seasonal job due to health issues. Do I need to tell my boss exactly what the issue is? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 18, 2013 - 16 answers

Under the knife worries

I'm having major surgery and despite working in healthcare, am nervous off my rocker because I've personally never had surgery or anesthesia before. I'm also worried about life while healing and staying active while healing. Please help. [more inside]
posted by floweredfish on Jun 17, 2013 - 41 answers

Worried about night time palpatations. Advice?

Been having pretty constant heart palpatations. I have had them before, but they have been generally isolated. The ones I'm having during the day are minor, but they are persistent. I went to the hospital, and the doctor said to get a heart monitor. I went to my general practitioner and he said I had already had a heart monitor, so there was no need for one. Anyway, the palps get pretty bad at night to the point where my chest starts to ache. In the past I have also had panic attacks and anxiety problems, some of which during palpatations were present. What do you guys think is going on? What should I do? Any advice is welcome
posted by Thanquol180 on Jun 16, 2013 - 26 answers

Have you benefited from an online anxiety support group?

Have you been a part of an online anxiety support group before? I'd like to hear about your experience. [more inside]
posted by before and after on Jun 15, 2013 - 3 answers

I am afraid of commitment. Should I get married?

I’ve been dating my girlfriend for two and a half years. She is 28, I am 42. She really wants to get married and have kids. Part of me likes that idea a lot, but another side of me has extreme anxiety around the idea of commitment. I have struggled with anxiety since my early 20s and have undergone a lot of therapy, and while I understand what the anxiety is and where it comes from, no one has been able to “cure” me of it to the point where suddenly the things I’m anxious about don’t bother me any more. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 10, 2013 - 23 answers

Date or wait?

I'm a man in his mid-twenties. I've never been in a relationship. I've never even taken anyone out on a date. I want to rectify this, but I think my mental health and my living situation prevent me from doing so. Should I even try to date? If not, what should I do? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 10, 2013 - 35 answers

how to engage in self-care when responsibilities get in the way

I'm depressed, in a gruesome summer class, and feel like there just aren't enough hours in the day to handle both my responsibilities and my well-being. How do busy people balance these things? Why do we even bother with these pesky responsibilities that society imposes on us? [more inside]
posted by DayTripper on Jun 8, 2013 - 9 answers

Graduation anxiety, is it silly to repeat the last of year of college?

Hi Metafilter, I'm about to graduate this Summer from a college in Europe. It's for a creative profession and I'm currently honesty considering to repeat the year. Considering the circumstances (more below), would it be silly to volunteer a rerun of the year? [more inside]
posted by ahtlast93 on Jun 8, 2013 - 13 answers

I know they're nice, but they're not for me!

I'm in an amazing relationship, with someone I've known for over two years, and we've been dating for a year-ish. We're both women in our early 20's. I've only dated women up to this point, and been very happy with that. It seems that my brain doesn't want to keep that status quo anymore and is trying to convince me I want to experience being with men. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 6, 2013 - 10 answers

Experiencing sexual dysfunction and other symptoms, post-divorce

Went through extreme anxiety and upheaval 2 years ago and have experienced sexual dysfunction and prostatitis-like symptoms ever since. How can I approach this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 5, 2013 - 7 answers

I'm not traumatized... Am I? (Sexual assault recovery)

I was sexually assaulted a few times and stalked/harrassed by an abusive, predatory and highly manipulative man who was in a position of trust to me. (We weren't in a relationship; he is nearly three times my age.) I am confused about where I should "be" or where I amin terms of getting over the events. Counselors and websites are quick to point out things like PTSD and rape trauma syndrome; they are suggesting things like EMDR and strongly hinting that I'm traumatized. I'm not convinced. Is it possible to actually be traumatized and not realize/recognize it? Is a "trauma response"... with panic attacks, flashbacks, and such... the only possible response to rape and harassment? Secondly: Is therapy always necessary to deal with this sort of thing? Or is it possible that I have/will get over it by myself? I don't want to pathologize myself. I don't want to create new problems for myself by going to therapy that I might not actually need. I wanted to ask metafilter because the counselors I speak to are obviously going to be somewhat biased in telling me that I am "traumatized". [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Jun 1, 2013 - 26 answers

How can I stop being so anxious about birthday parties?

I don't mind getting older, but planning a birthday party for myself gives me severe anxiety. [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Jun 1, 2013 - 33 answers

Preparing for an anxious dog

I am going to adopt a dog this summer. One of the dogs that I am considering is currently being treated medically for anxiety. If I adopt him, he will be the first dog I've had who has had this condition. With that in mind, observations and experience addressing any part of this three part question are welcomed: 1) What resources [online, print, or other] might help me better understand dog anxiety? 2) What questions do I need to ask at the shelter to better understand the range and scope of anxiety in this particular dog? 3) What questions do I need to be able to answer of myself before I commit to an anxious dog? [more inside]
posted by .kobayashi. on May 30, 2013 - 15 answers

My friend with anxiety won't help himself and I don't know what to do

A friend of mine refuses to address his anxiety issues. I don't want to lose him as a friend, but also don't know how much more I can take. Please help. [more inside]
posted by stedman15 on May 28, 2013 - 15 answers

Link me some inspirational words over images

I suffer from anxiety and as cheesy as it sounds, pictures with inspirational quotes/wording really help! [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on May 28, 2013 - 13 answers

Social Anxiety & Roommate Living

How do I live with roommates (mega-extroverts at that) when I'm introverted and kinda crazy? [more inside]
posted by lollipopgomez on May 27, 2013 - 22 answers

For the love of God, please help me make up my mind

I need to change careers. But I can't make up my mind about which one to go into, and it's driving me nuts. Please help me understand why I can't make up my mind, or what I should do about it. [more inside]
posted by indognito on May 27, 2013 - 10 answers

Are you OK? Are you OK now? What about now? How are you feeling now?

How often is normal for otherwise healthy pets to have medical emergencies? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on May 25, 2013 - 51 answers

Is this legit or a bunch of hooey?

Can anyone tell me if Audio Visual Entrainment (AVE) actually does anything? Does it actually help with depression/anxiety, or is it all just a bunch of hooey? Is it worth the money?
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on May 22, 2013 - 12 answers

Going to the mental health clinic, what can I expect in the time ahead?

I made an appointment at a local clinic. Assuming things start well (right Dr.+ right drugs). What can I expect 2-3 years down the road? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 21, 2013 - 4 answers

Please don't let middle school go on forever in my head.

People don’t like me. Somehow, I’m one of those individuals who rub most of the population the wrong way. All right, then. With that knowledge, how do I move ahead and have a decent life? [more inside]
posted by silly me on May 19, 2013 - 24 answers

Can you two just please introduce yourselves because I have no idea!

I've had this silly and embarrassing little problem for years and I'm noticing that it's getting worse. Sometimes, when I run into somebody I know or if I'm introducing somebody I know to somebody they don't know, I truly blank out on the name of the person I know. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on May 18, 2013 - 25 answers

Just started anxiety medication, having severe anxiety attacks

I just started taking 5mg of cipralex three days ago and am currently having the worst anxiety attack of my life. It's almost physically painful. Is this normal? I haven't felt like this since I had a seriously bad trip on mushrooms!! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 16, 2013 - 29 answers

Too good to leave, too bad to stay - therapist edition

Should I find a new therapist when I'm only in town for 6 more months? [more inside]
posted by guessthis on May 16, 2013 - 6 answers

"Hey could you be sober for a night or two? I'd really appreciate it!"

Is there a polite way to ask my alcoholic parent to please stay sober for my college graduation, or is this an inappropriate subject to broach this late in the situation? Any tips for handling a visibly intoxicated relative without being rude or putting them on the defensive? Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 15, 2013 - 34 answers

CBT headshrinkers in Pittsburgh

Can you offer any recommendations for CBT-centered therapists in and around the Pittsburgh area, ideally east end? I'm looking for a CBT psychologist to provide therapy in conjunction with meds. [more inside]
posted by woolly on May 14, 2013 - 1 answer

Psych meds: taking my doctor at face value

My pdoc wants to decrease the dosage of a medication that has proven to work well for me, while increasing the dosage of an expensive designer drug that the jury is still out on. I'm skeptical. [more inside]
posted by mirepoix on May 14, 2013 - 27 answers

My feelings were hurt. Should I say anything at all?

I told my friend about an experience that caused me anxiety in the past. I felt that her responses were tone-deaf and hurtful. Was it? And should I say anything, even though the moment has passed? If so, what should I say? [more inside]
posted by orangutan on May 13, 2013 - 37 answers

What to do in Montreal?

I'll be in Montreal and Longueuil, Quebec, Canada for two weeks. What budget-friendly things should I do there? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on May 12, 2013 - 17 answers

Is a referral better than a cold call? How do they work?

My insurance doesn't require referrals to specialists. I've never seen a specialist for a specific problem that wasn't initiated and referred by my doctor. If I want/need to see a specialist for something, does it make sense to see my doctor first and ask for a referral, or find a (random) specialist myself? On the other side, when does a doctor not give referrals? [more inside]
posted by mock muppet on May 11, 2013 - 8 answers

How to quell baseless anger and anxiety?

I've been randomly angry and anxious lately and I don't want to be. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by A god with hooves, a god with horns on May 8, 2013 - 11 answers

Big life changes and feeling unsettled

Do I need professional help or just time? I've been feeling anxious and stressed for the past three months, and I'm having a hard time parsing if this is due to this being an exceptionally...erm...challenging point in my life or if some sort of anxiety or depression has settled on me. [more inside]
posted by brambory on May 6, 2013 - 8 answers

What do I do with these very, very strong feelings?

I just had a weekend (non-adulterous) affair with someone who lives halfway across the country. It went well, incredibly well, so well, and now she has gone back home and I am experiencing a massive onslaught of feelings and I am not sure how to proceed and maintain my sanity. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by My Famous Mistake on Apr 30, 2013 - 13 answers

Going Home to Toxic Family--How to deal? Help me help Mom!

I am currently finishing up my exchange in France where I've had awesome experiences and faced life-changing learning curves. Now I'm returning home to my extremely estranged parents who have been fighting all my life--deep, disgusting trenches of arguments that seem never-ending. [more inside]
posted by rhythm_queen on Apr 28, 2013 - 48 answers

PhD thesis woes - what do I tell my supervisor?

I am in the final year of my PhD. I suffered from many months of depression and an inability to get my writing done in a timely fashion. I am now playing catch-up. I have a telephone appointment with my supervisor next week, and wonder if and how I should disclose the difficulty I faced, and am still facing. I don't want to burden her with my personal issues. How do I, or should I, discuss this? How do I regain her faith in me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 28, 2013 - 11 answers

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