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I’ve lost all my confidence and don’t know how to act around people

I've faced a lot of rejection over the past year: from jobs, men, my friends, and parents, and it's totally killed my self-esteem. I don't know how to get it back or how to act social anymore. [more inside]
posted by summertimesadness1988 on Mar 16, 2014 - 19 answers

 

using meds to not feel

I struggled with depression for twenty odd years and have given up on finding medications that seem to hit the mark for other people. I have learned what I need to keep the worst of it at bay and actually feel better depression level wise since I can remember. However I am going through extreme emotional times right now and am wondering if it is ethical to try meds just to numb the pain. [more inside]
posted by kanata on Nov 17, 2013 - 19 answers

How to mend a broken heart after so many years?

There is this guy I've liked for the past four years. I'm 25 and he's 33. We were always good friends, very attracted to each other, but he always told me he never wanted a relationship, not just with me, but with anyone. But I always had very deep feelings for him, he was the first man I ever had sex with, and he cared for me a lot too; even got a little jealous when I had a boyfriend. Anyway, he's been seeing this girl for a few months that he told me tonight he's really serious about her. It's killing me. He said the reason me and him never got together was because of timing, our age difference, and the fact that we are at different stages in life. He said he sees a better match with her than with me. He said I'm amazing and it has nothing to do with me, but this whole scenario killed me. With me, it was casual hanging out, and with her, it's nice vacations,meeting his family, spending holidays together. He also came back to me once over the summer while they were broken up, but went back to her. It hurts so much to see him giving to someone else what I always wanted. How can I feel better? :(
posted by summertimesadness1988 on Nov 14, 2013 - 31 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

How do you cheer up when you're sad?

So I'm feeling miserable a lot lately. What do you do when you're feeling bad, to cheer yourself up? Restriction: Must be something I can do alone.
posted by EatMyHat on Apr 25, 2013 - 46 answers

I have 30 minutes to do something nice for my wife. Can you help me?

My wife has had an awful day. I mean awful. She is stressed, upset, feeling pretty depressed about it. Between the kids having a rough day and one of her clients cheating and taking advantage of her, her short term self-esteem and resiliency are shot. Wow... she has every right to feel this bad. I've got 30 minutes to try to do something nice for her before she gets home. What little things would make you feel better after a rough day? [more inside]
posted by Nanukthedog on Feb 21, 2013 - 41 answers

How do you fill the emptiness after a break up?

How do you fill the emptiness after a break up? Its now been two month since the break up and I feel like I have no interest anything anymore. I don't enjoy watching sports, my tv shows or movies like I use to. I still go to the gym and run but even time to time I am not motivated to do them. I use to complain about my job to friends and family (politics, unfairness, too much stress), but now I just go to work and I don't even complain about them anymore since all I think about is my personal stress life. I know I am depressed but do I have a bigger problem?
posted by kser333 on Jan 5, 2013 - 20 answers

Feeling ignored by my loved ones.

How do I deal with feeling ignored? [more inside]
posted by Rosengeist on Dec 25, 2012 - 19 answers

Meta-therapy

It is quite clear I need therapy promptly, but I do not know how to start having it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 19, 2012 - 12 answers

is something very wrong here ???

I have an ex who seems to be be depressed and has sent me a few emails telling me that we are all programmed by the "Source" that free will does not exist, that nothing depends on us etc and that the "Source" has decided that he would always be unhappy in love ! And that if the "Source" has decided that he would be unhappy, unaccomplished, alone then he must be happy with that decision. (He's 55, pianist/composer, not well known, gets by with the financial help of his parents., never been able to commit or live with a woman. His father is bi-polar, been hospitalised a few times for that). This is contrary to my world view, which I told him but I'm rather worried about where his mind is going. Any thoughts, help much appreciated
posted by hopefulmidlifer on Nov 11, 2012 - 21 answers

Blue? Only in color, Michael. Oh, also in mood.

I have self-diagnosed low-level depression and anxiety-- so low-level and constant that I think of it more like my personality than any disorder. Still, the days where it ebbs are pretty awesome. I've never been on psychoactive pharmaceuticals before. Experimenting with antidepressants (with a MD's supervision, of course): good idea/bad idea? Alternatives? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 17, 2012 - 17 answers

Everything fell apart, again. Now what?

I'll try to make this not too long-winded, but basically I find myself at square one for like the hundredth time in the past 6 years, and I'm just flat out of resilience. Help me form a plan for getting through the impending long dark winter. [more inside]
posted by like_a_friend on Oct 16, 2012 - 25 answers

Am I depressed?

Am I depressed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 10, 2012 - 15 answers

"It's all in your head." "I don't think it is." "Well you would say that."

I'm dealing with chronic pain and fatigue; after several specialists were unable to find the cause, I was referred to a pain clinic. I had an evaluation with a psychiatrist today, and at the end I asked him about his findings. Among other things, he said there was evidence of Somatization Disorder. But I don't think that is it; I think the pain has a physical cause. But if I do have Somatization Disorder, I would think that anyway. How do I determine if that is the problem or not, and if not, how do I make sure my doctors don't dwell on it. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Sep 19, 2012 - 11 answers

sick of being sick, how to keep my chin up?

I'm sick and depressed and I don't know how to stop it [more inside]
posted by lifethatihavenotlivedyet on Jul 20, 2012 - 5 answers

Ailing Father, Neglectful Stepmother, & a Confused Daughter

How do I address my father's illness, marital problems, and general malaise as a child who has long ago flown the coop and has no solid plans to return to her hometown? [more inside]
posted by afabulousbeing on Jun 16, 2012 - 12 answers

I have never disliked school before.

Help me be less sad, plz. [more inside]
posted by bookgirl18 on Jun 14, 2012 - 10 answers

Only qualified for retail jobs...how do I break away?

How do you branch away from a retail career when that's all you're qualified for? How do you cultivate the passion/resolve to find something better? [more inside]
posted by stubbehtail on Jun 3, 2012 - 9 answers

Sad meows.

I think that, thanks to the introduction of a new cat in his life, my 7-month-old kitten is depressed. How do I make him feel better? [more inside]
posted by Trexsock on Jan 4, 2012 - 17 answers

My brain wants me to hate myself. My self wants me to finish college. Help.

Please help me make a plan to deal with the aftermath of this episode of severe depression. For various reasons I would really prefer not to be enrolled in college again next semester. It's long, I'm sorry, but I wrote this too quickly to pare things out. [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Nov 30, 2011 - 12 answers

Im 21 years old, depressed, stressed, and never been in a relationship. Is it all in my mind or do I need to see a doc for this?

Im 21 years old, depressed, stressed, and never had a girlfriend. What am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by Parh6512 on Nov 16, 2011 - 19 answers

I've been to school, now I'd like an education!

After years of mulling about, I've come to realize that I want to to go to university and gain a proper liberal arts education. For the first time in what feels like eons, I feel enthusiastic and motivated. Trouble is, my first attempt at doing so was three years ago and under much different and more trying circumstances. It seems that the consequences of my halfhearted younger self have severely damaged my future possibilities. What can this 21-year-old do to demonstrate his new-found ardor for all pursuits academic? [more inside]
posted by shoebox on Oct 5, 2011 - 13 answers

Depressed college student? How original!

Depressed and don't know where my future is headed in college. [more inside]
posted by Evernix on Sep 14, 2011 - 12 answers

Is it ok to choose to (temporarily) not interact with my depressed teen sister? What's the best way to provide very distant support?

Is it ok to choose to (temporarily) not interact with my depressed teen sister? What's the best way to provide very distant support? [more inside]
posted by ad4pt on Sep 12, 2011 - 43 answers

How to accept and be happy with your gender?

How do I learn to accept my gender? [more inside]
posted by trogdole on Jun 30, 2011 - 47 answers

How can we stay afloat when boyfriend is depressed?

How can we stay afloat when boyfriend is depressed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 22, 2011 - 30 answers

How to make this long distance relationship work?

Long distance relationship: How can we make it work? How can we work it out so that we both feel fulfilled? [more inside]
posted by thegmann on May 29, 2011 - 21 answers

Looking for work in Amsterdam and can't seem to find any.

Looking for work in Amsterdam and can't seem to find any. [more inside]
posted by gonzo_ID on Feb 15, 2011 - 3 answers

Brain freeze, dont know why, hopelessly dissapointing

Help me with this brain feeze? No one visits me, I have no friend or I can get along with anyone socially great first few times. So I decided to let everything go. I cant ask help to anyone in person so this post. I do have a good job, good credit, somewhat healthy, good education {May be I never learned :) } Couple of days in a week I think as follows... I am living a life, lifestyle thats truly less than the true potential. Selling myselves less so called "plucking the low lying apple" Not stretching my comfort zone. Some people have said that may be I get depressed. The problem is I dont always try to change it. Instead I just think about all the chances I screwed up and all the people, relationships I have pissed off. Its like my brain freezes to come up with solution and want to just watch TV and eat pizza(comes later though). For few days I live a very lethargic , lazy life. Dishes lie unwashed, no laundry, no bath, no gym, exercise. I live alone, so need to be ashamed of someone might say something. I am 31 years old, live alone, never been in a relationship, no gf(as I piss off everyone in some way I cant understand). I do have a good job, good credit, somewhat healthy, good education {May be I never learned :) } Help me with this brain feeze?
posted by daveg02 on Feb 9, 2011 - 9 answers

Help! I'm Alive.

My mind is a very dark place at the moment. Please help me find the light switch? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 3, 2011 - 22 answers

How do I get my work mojo back for now and in the future?

How to get confidence back at a job that killed it? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper on Jan 4, 2011 - 15 answers

Don't wanna think!

Activities that are so consuming they don't allow you to think? [more inside]
posted by tweedle on Dec 27, 2010 - 56 answers

How do I break up with someone who is depressed

How do I break up with someone who is depressed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 11, 2010 - 18 answers

at least she's not a cat lady?

My 38 year-old sister is a bit of a train wreck. A dog-obsessed train wreck. How can I help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 1, 2010 - 26 answers

How do I not feel like a failure?

I failed high school -and- college. How can I not feel like such a failure/cheer myself up? [more inside]
posted by biochemist on Dec 7, 2009 - 29 answers

Lonliness and depression

Lonely and depressed...need advice [more inside]
posted by loser8008 on Nov 20, 2009 - 17 answers

Am I depressed, or just screwed-up?

So I’ve finally made up my mind to talk to my GP about the depression that I think I’m suffering from. I have a few days before my appointment and I’d like to get a clearer handle on things before I see him. Can you help me unpack some of this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 4, 2009 - 14 answers

GET UP ALREADY

How do you snap yourself out of a temporary, but fairly deeply depressed state in order to accomplish tasks at hand? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 18, 2009 - 29 answers

How do I stop blaming myself and let go?

After 27 years of being best friends (we had baby pictures together, and were inseparable), mine decided to drop off the face of the planet and never call me again after I moved to Austin. [more inside]
posted by HPag on Feb 28, 2009 - 64 answers

Emancipated Minor in Ontario, Canada

A 16 year old seeking Emancipated Minor status. What is the legal process involved for this in Ontario, Canada? [more inside]
posted by Danniman on Feb 1, 2009 - 5 answers

What to do when depression disrupts your relationships?

What to do when depression disrupts your relationships? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Jan 30, 2009 - 13 answers

oneeighthundredauntbunny

At my usually super-quiet night job, I've been approached by two suicidal-talking strangers in the past week and a half. It seems likely to happen again and I'd like to find some kind of basic training for what to say and do. I'm in NC. [more inside]
posted by auntbunny on Jan 2, 2009 - 11 answers

How to get over my obsession with food?

OrthorexiaFilter: Help me overcome my obsession with food [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce on Dec 6, 2008 - 9 answers

Mom, Dad, I have something to tell you.

[How] Should I tell my parents, now I'm a healthy adult, about my longstanding depression? [more inside]
posted by the agents of KAOS on Nov 27, 2008 - 31 answers

How to survive this horrible job one day at a time?

My job is making me miserable. I need some short-term coping strategies. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 18, 2008 - 26 answers

How to help my girlfriend overcome her past?

Background info: I've been dating my girlfriend for almost 2years and we both love each other very much. However, every once in awhile she will get depressed because of her troubled past. She is my first girlfriend, while she's had a few bad partners who I would punch in the face if I ever saw them. Just to name a few, she was physically abused by one, had a "friends with benefits" she is extremely disgusted/ashamed about. Every once in awhile her past will come back and cause her a lot of suffering. I've been very patient, respectful, loving and understanding to her throughout our entire relationship. However, I feel helpless to help her overcome her past. I've suggested counseling but she thinks it won't really help. Has anyone gone through something similar? I want to help her but I don't know how? Do I just continue doing what I am doing? Thank you in advance
posted by HBomb on Jul 17, 2008 - 24 answers

I am 21 and bored with life

I am 21, male, and I'm pretty bored with life, I feel stressed about doing nothing. I am having trouble figuring out what it is I really want to do with all of the time I have right now, and I've definitely been stagnating. Give me some advice! [more inside]
posted by thegmann on May 8, 2008 - 19 answers

Crazy Cat Lady

Help me out, Hive Mind, with some excellent arguments in favor of pets in general and cats in particular, so I don't have to divorce my husband. [more inside]
posted by misha on Nov 8, 2007 - 55 answers

Guidenice on being tired/depressed and steps to take.

MedFilter: Looking for guidance on general chronic lethargic feeling (both physically and emotionally). (wordy) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 19, 2007 - 40 answers

Depressed about career choices

Depressed about career choices. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 10, 2006 - 20 answers

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