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One last question about my crisis

I’m still having panic attacks. I’m having a hard time getting my thoughts together because I’m so stressed -- and they’re kind of circular on top of that -- so forgive me if this post is tough to understand. [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Jul 21, 2014 - 18 answers

helping others while maintaining my own sanity

I have a friend who is having a horrible life right now and I want to be supportive but I am also having a horrible life right now. How can I help but not put my own mental health at risk? [more inside]
posted by kanata on Jul 11, 2014 - 16 answers

I'd love some book recommendations.

I'm in the mood to read a great book. Help me find some that are right up my alley. [more inside]
posted by morning_television on Jul 7, 2014 - 16 answers

a new career in web design...or am I being led astray?

So the work atmosphere at my current employer has been fairly toxic the last year. Actually the well was poisoned several years back when the department manager's wife was promoted from a secretarial assistant to a management position but that episode of nepotism another surreal story I won't get into. The final straw was the moment they re-structured my position, thereby giving me a $45,000 pay-cut while simultaneously asking me to do more work. I believe this led me to my current dire straits in my mid-career crisis in choosing whether I should embark on a totally new career opportunity or questionable legitimacy or whether I might be better off playing it safe. Please read on below... [more inside]
posted by cicadaverse on Jun 5, 2014 - 21 answers

The things we should have discussed ahead of time

My 72-year-old mother has been in the ICU for a week, and it's 50-50 on whether she'll pull through or die. I'm struggling to be a responsible adult about the whole thing. [more inside]
posted by iarerach on Mar 13, 2014 - 22 answers

dealing with bereavement

I am having trouble dealing with the loss of my parent. What did you do during a period of acute loss that helped you hang in? [more inside]
posted by sockanalia on Mar 5, 2014 - 24 answers

Your crisis is not my crisis, except it is

Every time I commit to leaving my current job, something goes nuclear, and it falls on me. I'm sick of it. What is the best way to handle a current boss planning drastic future plans around you, while you've just interviewed for your dream job? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 10, 2013 - 53 answers

In need of resources to help get through a relationship crisis.

Hi AskMefi folks. I am in need of resources and reading materials for a relationship crisis - things I (we?) can read, things I (we?) can consider, worksheets I can use to help guide conversations with my partner. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 24, 2013 - 4 answers

Crisis and exhaustion

Brief explanation: I am in crisis emotionally right now, and there is a lot of related spiritual stuff that goes along with it. However, I still have a lot of "real world" stuff to do that isn't getting done, mainly because I can't stop sleeping right now. I have good meds and a wonderful therapist. See extended explanation for more info. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Jul 22, 2013 - 10 answers

"Late" to the game - Cultural/Therapy/Educational Qu. - Snowstorm?

Hey folks. I'm having some hang ups lately about arriving "late" to some areas of culture and life. I'm also still in a "phase" where I am reaching out, establishing new social circles, and attempting to validate a sense of self(I just* turned 24). Largely, I am wondering if any Mefites happen to recall stories of success, especially on a grand scale, of folks who pursued passions academic or not, a wee bit later in life and still fought/worked/finessed a means of becoming successful/happy/prolific in their fields or passions - especially after a means of difficult time or trauma. Super inspiration, please? Motive to keep going, work harder, even if you feel like you've been pretty beaten up/down and out for a little while? Stories of life-changing occurrences or pick-ups in character/pace, in a positive/radical/tremendous way? [more inside]
posted by thewolfandewe on Jul 17, 2013 - 8 answers

We're worried about a friend who's having a mental health crisis.

A friend of mine, "X," has recently started to display worrying mental health symptoms. I'm a recent friend of his, and I've been discussing the situation with "F," who has known him much longer. F has also been in contact with X's grandfather, who is his most stable source of familial support. What is our best move, as friends, to get him help? Details below. [more inside]
posted by 4th number on Jul 10, 2013 - 11 answers

Forget it, doc, I think it's really cool that you're concerned...

I've recently experienced a significant family loss. I also need to leave my long-term partner. How does this go exactly? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 31, 2013 - 14 answers

Help me make a fantastic fashion faux pas!

Back in the heady days of my youth I used to wear a rather splendid afghan coat - you know, the typical hippy embroidered brown suede and fur affair, complete with disturbing aromas of patchouli and vague decay (although to be fair that may have been me rather than the coat). And now I'd love to find another one - preferable a full-length white version I can paint the cover of ELP's 'Tarkus' album on, but another brown one at a pinch. Any idea where I could get one, Mefites? Ebay and online searches only seem show women's coats and I'm a 6' chap (from Nottingham, in the UK)! Many thanks in advance!
posted by timpollard on May 27, 2013 - 5 answers

How to escape low-wage service jobs in your 20s?

Those of you post-grads figuring it out in your 20s (or 30s) doing odd jobs, waiting tables, jobs not nec. related to your major, where are you now? What advice would you have if you could go back and do it again? [more inside]
posted by bluelight on May 22, 2013 - 38 answers

Tips to keep emotionally in shape during conjugal crises

What are the things that you did during a conjugal crises that helped you? [more inside]
posted by TheGoodBlood on Apr 9, 2013 - 4 answers

How can I make my marriage work?

Need advice to sort out my marriage after a very stressful time - very extended explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 12, 2013 - 15 answers

Marriage on the rocks, but the rest of my life is a disaster too

My marriage is in bad shape and I feel a lot of anger and resentment toward my husband for his lack of initiative, follow-through, and logistical/emotional support within our household, especially during times of crisis. But right now I feel like I'm dealing with the mother of all crises, and on a practical level it would be folly to leave for at least a year, nor will I be in a position to focus on giving him one last honest shot at fixing things for months. What tools/attitudes/approaches can I adopt or employ to keep from making things worse and even more unsalveagable over the next few months? [more inside]
posted by SomeTrickPony on Feb 8, 2013 - 17 answers

Need ultra-short-term crisis strategies for staying emotionally level.

The past 3 days I have somehow managed to enter a perfect storm of personal stress. I am looking for any kind of thought-pattern-y strategies that I can use in a pinch to tell myself, so that at least temporarily, I might hold off constant weepiness. [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten on Jan 13, 2013 - 15 answers

What do you do when there really is no more time?

How do you bounce back from a serious failure? Please help me get through this awful time. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 27, 2012 - 33 answers

What The Hell Happened to Me?

What the Hell Happened to Me? [more inside]
posted by biglew909 on Sep 4, 2012 - 24 answers

Tips for interviewing with a crisis hotline

What are some great tips for interviewing for a crisis hotline? [more inside]
posted by A 90s Kind of Guy on Aug 13, 2012 - 8 answers

I quit my job and am newly on an ssri

I need input on the best way to organizing my thoughts and do some damage control while newly on an ssri. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 9, 2012 - 7 answers

My friend is in crisis. What can I do?

My friend is in extreme crisis after his wife of seven years left him completely out of the blue. I'm not sure what to do to help him. Relevant details inside. [more inside]
posted by ronofthedead on Jun 8, 2012 - 19 answers

Greek economic problems affect interest rates?

How will the Greek economic problems and related Euro currency issues affect interest rates and the property market in other continents, especially Australia?
posted by gttommy on Jun 2, 2012 - 2 answers

How do I get out of this low GPA mess?

End of junior year in college, biology major, low GPA, just feel miserable. Is there any hope left for me? [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction on May 17, 2012 - 38 answers

Who's running the show?

How does a parliamentary democracy function during the time between a government's dissolution and new elections? [more inside]
posted by helloimjohnnycash on May 16, 2012 - 9 answers

I’m looking for advice on how to handle an unexpected separation from my husband.

I’m looking for advice on how to handle an unexpected separation from my husband. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 27, 2012 - 52 answers

where do you go when all the other resources aren't available?

I need to talk to someone right now, and the hotlines I've called have not been helpful, and my friends/family are all indisposed. [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Feb 8, 2012 - 17 answers

Awkward Ages to be an Orphan

Can you recommend poems to read for this particular existential contemplation? [more inside]
posted by rumposinc on Jan 4, 2012 - 5 answers

Need a little relief

Seeking ideas for the types of professional & social resources or services (organizations, agencies, providers, etc.) that would be included on a list of potential referrals to help people across the social spectrum deal with various forms of trauma, catastrophes & highly stressful situations. [more inside]
posted by cuddles.mcsnuggy on Dec 16, 2011 - 6 answers

Coping with emotionally difficult work

I have a very emotionally intense job, which combined with my natural introversion and lack of formal training in this field, has always been a challenge for me. Now I'm six months pregnant and crying at my desk every day. What are some resources for learning how to deal with difficult emotional work? How do social workers and crisis intervention workers learn to handle the constant barrage of tragedy? How do I get through the rest of my pregnancy like this? [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman on Dec 2, 2011 - 15 answers

Help me weather the economic storm

While nothing is certain, both the left and the right are noting the growing chances of a serious and devastating eurozone crisis, one which will not spare the US. What can people on the lower end of the income scale do to protect ourselves from what may become a terrible economic situation? [more inside]
posted by Hypnotic Chick on Nov 23, 2011 - 8 answers

Those better NOT have been the best years of my life!

A year after college, I finally have a job and a place to live. And, oh god, now what do I do?! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 10, 2011 - 17 answers

My life just tapped me on the shoulder and told me it's time to grow up. Questions about switching a job after years of doing it and maybe being pigeonholed in it inside!

My life just tapped me on the shoulder and told me it's time to grow up. Questions about switching a job after years of doing it and maybe being pigeonholed in it inside! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 20, 2011 - 30 answers

Helping loved ones help themselves in MA

I have two family members in trouble in Massachusetts, and I want to talk to someone about it. I am not in Massachusetts, and I need help finding an the right "someone." [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 28, 2011 - 13 answers

Corrupted BIOS Toshiba L305D

Fuck! I corrupted the BIOS on a Toshiba L305D trying to update it in windows 7 (which i later realized was an incredibly stupid idea). It was a laptop we fixed and we were getting ready to sell it on our floor. Boss wants me to come in Monday with a fix. There seems to be a way to fix it using crisis BIOS recovery. But I need a BIOS.rom file. HELP!!! [more inside]
posted by NotSoSiniSter on Jul 22, 2011 - 12 answers

Details Greece's Debt

Where can I find a complete listing of debt issued by Greece, including term sheets?
posted by IndpMed on Jul 12, 2011 - 5 answers

Keep deactivating facebook account, how do I make useful?

I keep deactivating my Facebook account, but I think it can be of use to me. How can I make it useful, especially while in a quarterlife crisis? [more inside]
posted by lankford on Apr 23, 2011 - 10 answers

Yes you are awesome but how did you get there?

Type A Filter: For those of you who have big ambitions and plans for your life, how did you arrive at them? How did you go about creating a vision for yourself? [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Feb 27, 2011 - 30 answers

[MidlifeCrisisfilter] Help me help my friend who is turning 40 and is very upset about it.

Please help me think of new ways to help a friend cope with turning 40. This friend is really upset about it, especially because she is single, has no prospects, regardless of how hard she tries, and feels despondent over it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 12, 2011 - 12 answers

Please help me avoid a major marriage crisis

Please help me avoid a major marriage crisis [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 30, 2011 - 13 answers

Financial Crisis Summary

I'm looking for a list -- or help brainstorming to develop a list -- of the noteworthy scandals, failures, risks, litigations, etc. that have been uncovered in financial services (in any major economic zone) since the start of the financial crisis (broadly since early 2007). [more inside]
posted by jameslavelle3 on Dec 20, 2010 - 3 answers

I don't want to be a complainer

I am getting really frustrated with my flaky chemistry professor. I don't want to complain about her mistakes to the Dean because I think she's a nice person and has some life circumstances I wouldn't wish on anyone (illness of her own and single caregiver for extremely ill and challenged child). How do I get over my frustration with her, stop resenting her, and also stop feeling upset and anxious when I study? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 26, 2010 - 16 answers

YANMT, but I can't afford a therapist so you'll have to do.

QuarterLifeCrisisFilter: I've been thinking about my future career and considering going to grad school. I only have a vague idea of what I might like to study, but I know I want an advanced degree (preferably sooner rather than later). Is this a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by funfetti on Jul 13, 2010 - 25 answers

Special snowflake has quarter-life crisis, seeks relationship advice

I'm a terrible person navigating uncharted waters. What should I do now? Copious special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 13, 2010 - 32 answers

Serenity Now! Help me calm down.

I’m suffering a bad reaction to a family crisis. It’s either PTSD or a general freakout, but I need advice on how to deal with this. Long, sad, family drama to follow….. [more inside]
posted by The Light Fantastic on May 22, 2010 - 25 answers

Chill Wind Blows Through Europe...

So is the Euro currency about to collapse? [more inside]
posted by Muirwylde on May 20, 2010 - 20 answers

Crisitunity

What's the most interesting thing to do in Vancouver (or the vicinity) for four to six months? [Longer explanation inside] [more inside]
posted by awenner on May 19, 2010 - 4 answers

How do I, at 33, grow up?

How do I, at 33, grow up? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 24, 2010 - 32 answers

How's the water down there? I'm thinking of jumping ship.

I am currently doing well in a great PhD program, but I'm thinking of a major change. Please give me your perspectives on the decisions I'm facing! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 15, 2010 - 8 answers

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