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How do I organize my life and surroundings

I lack basic skills to manage a normal day. I have no structure at all and want to be able to get by in life. I am a chronic mess maker and lose much of everything, so I want to learn life skills to be able to live normally. [more inside]
posted by wholecornandsalt on Mar 25, 2013 - 25 answers

Acquaintance is a child sex offender. What now?

I recently learned that an acquaintance is a convicted child sex offender. What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 24, 2013 - 22 answers

EZ Organization tips or links for somone with Adult ADD

Although it has long been a suspicion, I have every sign of having Adult ADD. I tend to do most of the things in the checklist (multitask without finishing many tasks, forget things, tons of lists and forgotten "helpful" notes, watch a movie in 10 minute intervals while doing 4 other things never to finish many movies, reading at current count 22 books, impulsive behavior -- well, you get the drift.) I am curious in the short run, what might have helped you with simple organization at work and at home. Feel free to share any tips and web sites. I hope to move on to some books (I have many checked out from the 'brary) but need a small step approach. My artistic side is keeping me sane and hopefully your tips can help me get a kick-start. (As far as medication, I am in consultation with a dr but want to try some diet/exerisie/organic things first. And yes, I abuse parentheses like nobody's business.) I am going through this previous link as well.
posted by snap_dragon on Mar 22, 2013 - 13 answers

I don't want to be the jealous girl.

How do you dust yourself off and carry on after shy and awkward days? And how can I stop fixating on, comparing myself to, and feeling envious of a social, extroverted classmate? [more inside]
posted by cucumber patch on Mar 20, 2013 - 28 answers

Running out of options, but don't know if I should go down this road

What are your experiences with long-term benzodiazepine therapy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 19, 2013 - 13 answers

How do you find a psychiatrist anyway?

For the first time in a while, my anxiety is more than I can manage on my own without medication. On top of that, I've had chronic insomnia for over 15 years, not sleeping is a probably my biggest anxiety trigger, and I'm tired of begging my primary care doctor for ambien prescriptions. Twice before I've waited until everything fell apart and I was in a major crisis and dropping out of my life to seek help; I don't want to do that again. I've had quite successful therapy (talk and CBT) before and been prescribed various meds by primary care doctors in the past, but I want to start managing my brain chemistry in a more proactive way. I've never seen a psychiatrist and don't know where to start. Yelp reviews? Standing on the sidewalk with a sign? I'm in San Francisco, I have Blue Cross/Blue Shield PPO insurance, anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, and real desire not to have another nervous breakdown. What's my next step?
posted by anonymous on Mar 19, 2013 - 13 answers

How Do I Learn to Stop Worrying and Love Art School?

Due to a mix of laziness, depression, social anxiety and loneliness, I'm not doing too great in school. I really need to get it together, and I just don't know how to do it. I feel tapped out at the end of the day and I'm tired of it. I like art, but going to school for it just isn't very fulfilling. I'm thinking I just need to get through it and I'll be okay, but how do I develop the work ethic that my classmates have? [more inside]
posted by malapropist on Mar 19, 2013 - 23 answers

Trying to "lean in." Failing miserably.

Please help with a complicated work situation. Some context: Mid-twenties, female, graduated from a top-ranked university in liberal arts (I know, I know, but it worked out in the end. Sort of.) I work in sort of a niche, new media-y entertainment field, for which I am extremely grateful. I love this industry and I love the company I work for. And yet, snowflakes abound… [more inside]
posted by themaskedwonder on Mar 19, 2013 - 10 answers

Can't Live Like This Forever

It's been four + years now, but I continue to experience a lot of social anxiety & PTSD related symptoms. How do I come to terms with the idea that I can't escape my past and the people from my past? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 17, 2013 - 11 answers

How do we feel safe again after our home was broken into?

Our house was broken into yesterday in broad daylight while we were at work. How can we feel safe again? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Mar 16, 2013 - 31 answers

I suck. How do I live with that?

I recently finished a lengthy project. I thought I did really well, and nothing indicated during the process that there was anything wrong. But I just got my review and it was poor. I feel like dying. Basically, when you've really fucked up and got no-one else to blame for it than your own incompetence, how do you shake it off and go on with your life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 15, 2013 - 48 answers

How to control my moods, thoughts, anxiety through logic

You feel a strong emotion/think anxious thoughts. You know that logically that this is an exhausting, time-wasting, and wrong way to feel and think. How do you get yourself to stop feeling this emotion, or stop having those anxious thoughts? How do you get yourself to believe your logic and change your feelings, thoughts and moods? [more inside]
posted by rhythm_queen on Mar 14, 2013 - 18 answers

Potential Temp Agency Faux Pas, or, PLEASE HELP ME STOP FREAKING OUT

I have been working with a staffing agency who placed me in a really great (contract) job last year, which ended in October. I have been keeping in touch with the rep who was working with me ever since, checking in once a week to see if anything had become available. Last month, my grandmother passed away after a very long illness and I got wrapped up in the various family-related things that obviously came along with that, and therefore I stopped checking in with the rep for a while (it became a much lower priority). At the same time, my friend offered me some extremely low-paying (to the brink of me basically doing it pro bono), intermittent consulting work on a project just to help me keep somewhat busy during the boring slog of unemployment, which at least allows me not to have a huge gap on my resume and my LinkedIn profile. Because this happened right around the time my grandmother passed, and because this consulting work is most definitely temporary and not income-sustainable, I forgot to inform my rep that I'd taken on this work. I am now concerned that I have committed a major faux pas professionally. Help me understand if I have or if I am overreacting. [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Mar 14, 2013 - 14 answers

Trans-friendly therapist in Melbourne AU?

(Australian) Melbournian mefites - can any of you recommend a trans-friendly therapist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 13, 2013 - 4 answers

Help me improve my first impression on people

I caught up with a good pal and sometime boss last night and I learned something new and interesting. She said on first meeting I can come off as distant, focused on the job and not in a warm way. Looking for tips on how to change this. [more inside]
posted by mooza on Mar 13, 2013 - 8 answers

Aloof filter: how to re-engage yourself when you feel distant

How do you keep open, light-hearted and accessible when you feel yourself closing off? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Mar 12, 2013 - 5 answers

Very anxious about upcoming surgery - need help calming my nerves

I'm having a total hip replacement in five weeks. While this is a fairly routine operation, I had some pretty traumatic experiences with surgery/hospitals/recovery during my childhood, so it's hard for me to think about this whole process without digging up those memories. I'd like advice on how to manage my anxiety in the coming weeks. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by amandi on Mar 11, 2013 - 16 answers

facebook etiquette faux pax - how to respond (belatedly) to bday msgs

I've been feeling blue in recent years and, while I've kept my facebook account, I hardly ever go on there, [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 11, 2013 - 24 answers

How do I care less about what my girlfriend is thinking?

I'm a year and a half into my first serious relationship and it has a lot going for it. But, almost every time we now go see a movie together, or check out a concert, or go somewhere new for dinner, I spend more time worrying about rather she's having a good time than actually enjoying it myself. It's worse if it's something I picked out or suggested, and I find myself avoiding suggesting something I think I'll enjoy because I get nervous about her reaction. She has really relaxed standards for entertainment and usually enjoys what I suggest, so I know it's me and not her. Anyone have experience with dealing with this in their relationships? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 10, 2013 - 16 answers

Still scared about stupid sex

How to deal with intense anxiety from stupid and risky sexual decisions in the (pretty) distant past? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 8, 2013 - 27 answers

Stop-gap strategies for work anxiety

I have on-going problems with work anxiety and impostor syndrome. The worst part? I’m starting a new, high-demand job in two weeks and need help now. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 8, 2013 - 4 answers

How can I deal with this "time off" in my life?

Depression has upended my life and the people trying to help aren't really helping, what do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 7, 2013 - 19 answers

Therapist for anxiety/depression in Inwood/Riverdale/lower Westchester?

Asking for a friend-- Can anyone recommend a therapist for anxiety/depression in Riverdale, Inwood, or nearby Westchester? No particular approach preferred, although approaches like CBT that have some literature supporting their efficacy would be better.
posted by The Elusive Architeuthis on Mar 5, 2013 - 1 answer

Taking time off from a relationship

My boyfriend and I have been dating for five months. After a big fight this weekend, we've decided to take a week off from seeing each other. Has this strategy EVER improved a relationship? &How do I best manage anxiety this week? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 3, 2013 - 21 answers

Thom York anxiety machine.

Thom Yorke's new band recently released their album so I went and found the video of the "single" from it. The visuals are a simple repeating/changing pattern of rectangles. It's so simple yet it brings me almost immediately to the edge of a panic attack. [more inside]
posted by aloiv2 on Mar 1, 2013 - 25 answers

How do you talk to someone who interprets everything as an attack?

Help me Metafilter! I need cognitive and/or behavioral hacks to better deal with someone whose anxiety/self-esteem issues tend to make every conversation into a battle. [more inside]
posted by celtalitha on Feb 28, 2013 - 30 answers

I'm up and down on this whole roller coaster thing...

I'm about to go on a much needed vacation and am heading to California. While there, I'm planning on hitting the Disney parks and am contemplating experiencing my very first roller coaster. I also have problems with anxiety and nervousness. Is it possible for me to enjoy this (terrifying) experience? [more inside]
posted by BrianJ on Feb 28, 2013 - 27 answers

Alternatives to antidepressants?

I am male, 17, with decent physical health but struggling with depression and anxiety. What should I try before going back on meds? [more inside]
posted by gray17 on Feb 26, 2013 - 25 answers

Ack!

I have a job interview this afternoon and I'm more nervous than is healthy. Is taking a Klonopin a good idea? [more inside]
posted by silly me on Feb 26, 2013 - 10 answers

Getting to sleep the night before a big event?

Lately I've been having this horrible anxiety/insomnia the night before important presentations or other work events. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 25, 2013 - 21 answers

How can I be less nervous during the lecture I'm giving tomorrow?

I'm giving an hour-long lecture tomorrow before a class of 50 college students. This is something I've never done before (although I've given shorter presentations to smaller audiences). How can I minimize nervousness/stage fright? [more inside]
posted by zeri on Feb 24, 2013 - 14 answers

Can't see a doctor until Monday. Could this be a panic attack?

Having classic "panic attack" symptoms; don't know if it's a panic attack, or due to a reaction from medication I'm taking? [more inside]
posted by raintree on Feb 23, 2013 - 11 answers

Love it / Hate it - Tobacco

How typical are my mental states when using nicotine / withdrawing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 21, 2013 - 15 answers

I have too much anxiety in the mornings. Help me make it stop.

I wake up too early every morning. When I wake up, I immediately start to worry about the Stressful Thing in my life. Then I get the tingly feeling in my skin and my heart starts to pound. And then I can't get back to sleep. And because I'm waking up too early, I haven't had enough to sleep. The sleep deprivation is compounding the anxiety. How do I stop this pattern? [more inside]
posted by (F)utility on Feb 14, 2013 - 24 answers

How can I cope with a toxic parent while I work to get free?

What can I do to better cope with the mounting stresses of completely cutting ties with an emotionally abusive Mom? I have severe depression, anxiety and other issues. I'm seeking help, but currently inbetween doctors. When things get stressful, I start to crumble. Suggestions very much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 12, 2013 - 9 answers

what works when zoloft does not?

I am getting very discouraged dealing with anxiety disorder (not social, general) and depression. I am taking Sertaline (zoloft) which does not seem to be touching it although it had worked in the past. I am seeing a psychiatrist as well as my GP. This has been several months altogether, two weeks on the higher dose plus an anti-anxiety drug that does not do much either, low dose. [more inside]
posted by mermayd on Feb 10, 2013 - 23 answers

"Past misunderstandings, second chances, next years' projects."

I was used as a scapegoat, demoted and put on a performance improvement plan due to a toxic PM. Half a year later, the tables seem to have turned, and his boss wants to talk. I don't know what to say. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 9, 2013 - 30 answers

Help me get help

How do I start getting treatment for my mental health problems, specifically, in Austin, TX? [more inside]
posted by hrj on Feb 8, 2013 - 8 answers

How do I deal with my anxiety-ridden partner?

My partner of three years has some pretty fierce obsessive anxiety issues, and I would like some help to deal with this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 6, 2013 - 18 answers

Sudden, odd case of insomnia--help me sleep!

My doctor's office is closed today but I am in desperate need of a good night's sleep tonight. Weird adrenal "fight or flight" response kicks in every time I'm about to hit REM. [more inside]
posted by andariel on Feb 3, 2013 - 14 answers

Debt collectors? AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

I have started getting calls from a debt collector. I only answer my phone when I recognize the number, so I only know these calls are from a debt collector because of the voicemail transcriptions. I have no idea what the debt is. I am absolutely terrified of debt, irrationally so. My instincts are telling me "IGNORE! IGNORE!" but I know that's not the right course of action. Help me figure out what I need to do. Throwaway email at terrifiedofbeingindebt@gmail.com. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 2, 2013 - 21 answers

Does ambivalence in a relationship = no go?

How do you deal with intense ambivalent feelings in a relationship, especially when they may be colored by a mood disorder? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 1, 2013 - 8 answers

Have jittery feeling in throat. Have seen 3 clinicians, now what?

Medical Issue: I have a subtle jittery/ticking sensation in my throat and I've seen a doctor and 2 PAs and no one seems to know what is going on. What should be my next steps? Important details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 1, 2013 - 11 answers

I'm Done Taking This Pills

I want to be done with my pills. So I stopped taking them. Just making sure that what I'm experiencing right now is normal because if it's not I've got a phone call to make. [more inside]
posted by theichibun on Jan 30, 2013 - 32 answers

Why does weed make it all so easy?

Only marijuana lets me be the person I want to be. But I don't want to be dependent on drugs just to function. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 30, 2013 - 14 answers

P.hD. problems

Everyone says "get out while you can!" RE: Ph.D.s in the humanities. But really, what else can I do? Difficulty level: somewhat debilitating emotional dysregulation & student debt. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by munyeca on Jan 28, 2013 - 17 answers

Gyms are scary

Help me get over my gym anxiety and stay motivated to exercise. [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Jan 28, 2013 - 31 answers

Help me learn to like myself.

I like myself fine when nothing depends on it, but the moment I want something or someone's approval, I shrink to nothing. How do I learn to like myself for who I am? How do I deal with self-doubt and learn to take compliments? [more inside]
posted by madsy on Jan 28, 2013 - 9 answers

Am I cut out for volunteering abroad?

I have a golden opportunity to volunteer in rural Nepal for 3 months with an established organisation. I was excited at first as I've never been to a developing country before, but now I'm terrified that I'll die in a bus accident/food poisoning/rabies/political uprising, or just not cope with lack of technology, contact with home, electricity etc. Are such fears normal, or are these signs that I probably wouldn't enjoy this and should consider not going? [more inside]
posted by pikeandshield on Jan 26, 2013 - 25 answers

I love my new town, but how do I find a job here?

I'm nineteen. Four months ago, I moved out of my parents' houses to a medium-sized Midwestern city. I'm more consistently happy here than I have ever been (even despite breaking up with my long-term SO) -- I'm making friends regularly, working on interesting projects, and devouring the library. My biggest problem is that I can't find a job. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 23, 2013 - 30 answers

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