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Depression and GAD: the sequel

I'm having a depression and anxiety relapse. It is totally kicking my butt this time around. Does anyone have hopeful stories to share? [more inside]
posted by Crookshanks_Meow on Jan 1, 2017 - 14 answers

Adult-diagnosed ADHD-(Anyone question your diagnosis)? *Esp. educators*

I've been on medical leave from both work and grad school, recently saw a new psychiatrist to make my parents happy and she diagnosed me with adult ADHD? I trust her, and I'm trained to recognize signs of ADHD in children but not adults. I've expressed concerns...I know the disorder is very real but I have strange imposter/guilt feelings for reasons detailed. It would be amazing to hear from educators with ADHD, but if anyone with adult-diagnosed ADHD (so many As and Ds) could chime in regarding similar feelings? [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE on Dec 28, 2016 - 6 answers

Numb after depression - cause, name for it?

Can long-term depression cause numbness? Is there a word for this? [more inside]
posted by maiamaia on Nov 6, 2016 - 15 answers

This merry-go-round sure is fun but I'd like to get off now.

Well, I have a few really awesome problems that I would completely recommend to anyone. I would suggest you try any of, or especially the full combination of, the following:
  • Chronic illness
  • No social network
  • Mental illness
  • Geographic dislocation
  • My question: how do I build a decent life? Or start in that direction, in a stable way that won't fall apart in a light breeze. Again. [more inside]
    posted by bizarrenacle on Oct 9, 2016 - 8 answers

    Disclosing mental illness in a new relationship

    I am mentally ill and dating someone new. When do you disclose mental illness in a new relationship and how do you do it? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Aug 3, 2016 - 7 answers

    Advice for dating someone with clinical depression

    Most of the posts I found here were by posters suffering from depression themselves. I'm interested in those perspectives (what a partner can do to help) but primarily those of people who've been in relationships with a depressed person, but aren't depressed themselves. More specifics inside. [more inside]
    posted by ism on Nov 6, 2015 - 24 answers

    How can I support parents supporting a depressed and anxious son?

    My teenage brother has been struggling with pretty severe anxiety and depression for the last ~9 months; while my parents are being (in my view) amazing caregivers for him, I think they're both suffering from a lack of self-care, optimism, and support. What resources can I point them to, and what can I do, to help them with this? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Sep 26, 2015 - 5 answers

    How can I feel comfortable with my psychiatrist again?

    My psychiatrist lost his temper with me on the phone yesterday and said a lot of hurtful things. I must have deserved them, but I feel terrible. I have an appointment with him tomorrow (7/2) at 8am EST I need help figuring out how to keep my cool and understand how to be both a better patient and a better person. I apologize in advance for how incredibly long this is, and thanks in advance for those of you who read it. [more inside]
    posted by timory on Jul 1, 2015 - 55 answers

    How to handle extended illness when your company has no leave policy?

    I wrote this question at the beginning of February about how bad my mental health had gotten. Since then, I went to the ER and was voluntarily hospitalized in an inpatient psych unit for a week - I just got out on Wednesday. Since then I've been in a partial hospitalization program, which may go on for another 2-4 weeks. My office has told me that they want me to do everything I need to do to take care of myself and get better, but the official policies are not backing that up. How do I manage my time off? [more inside]
    posted by Neely O'Hara on Mar 3, 2015 - 9 answers

    Can mental health issues be serious even if you're not suicidal?

    This question in September was me, and months later I am still really struggling, even after a medication change. My quality of life is definitely being impacted, but I just cannot get past the thought that since I'm not suicidal, I'm not psychotic, I've never been hospitalized, I have a job, I maintain a home and hygiene, I have great relationships - all of this means that my mental illness must be pretty minor, all things considered. [more inside]
    posted by Neely O'Hara on Feb 1, 2015 - 27 answers

    Red or orange hardcover darkly funny book about mental illness

    I saw a book on a "featured" table last winter in a bookstore, which enchanted me, but I don't remember any of the key features that would allow me to buy it; namely author or title. I remember that it was red or orange, hardcover, consisted (mostly) of illustrations, was darkly funny, was written by a British man (?) and contained cartoony scenarios ruminating on anxiety or depression. Any idea what the book was? I assume that it was a new publication around the end of 2013. I think the title had the word "Brain" in it. [more inside]
    posted by chesty_a_arthur on Dec 3, 2014 - 13 answers

    Coping with anxiety?

    I have a number of psychiatric diagnoses, mostly involving panic and anxiety, but also throwing in depression, OCD, and (perhaps) conversion disorder. Everything's acting up right now. Appointment with a psychiatrist isn't until late October. How do I cope until then? [more inside]
    posted by The Almighty Mommy Goddess on Sep 5, 2014 - 18 answers

    Avoiding postpartum mental illness?

    What can I do to minimize my risk of postpartum mental illness? If I can't completely prevent it, I'd at least like to catch and treat it as early as possible. [more inside]
    posted by Metroid Baby on Jul 17, 2014 - 23 answers

    What type of exercise helps most with depression and anxiety?

    If exercise helps with depression and anxiety, what type of exercise helps most? I'm open to both sciency answers of the "Here's a study that says structured group activities yield the fastest results" variety and personal accounts like "Long distance running saved my life." [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Jan 31, 2014 - 53 answers

    Yeah, you're ill, but you're still being a nightmare...

    I posted this question back in May, about my father's strange (and awful) behaviour that seems to be driven by some kind of illness. Things have not improved. Part of me says, "you should be there for him, it's your dad and he's obviously ill"; another part says "he's behaving like a monster, cut him out of your life." How do I determine which part to listen to? [more inside]
    posted by smockpuppet on Nov 11, 2013 - 19 answers

    Maintaining healthy friendships while struggling with a mental illness.

    Trying to figure out how to manage both a mental illness and a set friendships at the same time - balance between opening the can of worms that thoughts of a depressed mind can be and closing in, keeping things to myself appears to be incedibly hard to strike, and being unable to figure it out for 4 years now has been costing me plenty of sleepless nights and otherwise good friendships along the way. All input appreciated; more backstory inside. [more inside]
    posted by 9080 on Oct 16, 2013 - 6 answers

    Tool kit for treating mental illness.

    You are familiar with what things are effective in treating someone who is bipolar, paranoid, and/or schizophrenic. Please tell me about these things. If the person is willing to accept help, what type of help are they likely to receive? If medications help, what is the nature of the medications and where could one go to learn more about them? If there are behavioral options, where can one begin to learn about these? What else is out there? [more inside]
    posted by sock me amadeus on Oct 8, 2013 - 15 answers

    I want a new job. I'm not well qualified. What can I do?

    I've been working a data-entry job for almost two years now. I got it as a temp position shortly after finishing college. It became full-time a year later. I graduated from a good school, but late, and with mediocre grades in journalism, my major. I stuck to the temp job because I bombed out of freelance work. This failure aggravated my self-loathing and convinced me to abandon journalism, for which I have shown little talent. I abandoned it for a dead-end job. I would like a job with better chances for promotion and with better pay. How, if at all, do I find such a job, considering my mental health, which sabotages each stage of the hunt, and my poor qualifications, which don't help? [more inside]
    posted by Rustic Etruscan on Aug 13, 2013 - 13 answers

    And remember: external forces are never to blame.

    I've always thought King Missile's Failure was a pretty good depiction of the kind of intrusive, self-defeating thoughts that characterize depression. The recent FPP'd game Depression Quest does something similar. What are some other works that are reminiscent of the experience of having depression or another mental illness (as opposed to depicting characters with the illness?)
    posted by kagredon on Mar 9, 2013 - 14 answers

    What podcasts can I listen to over the entire week?

    I like podcasts. I have ones that I listen to on Friday, Sunday, and Monday but not for the other days of the week. Do you have any recommendations for ones to fill those days? [more inside]
    posted by kanata on Feb 23, 2013 - 29 answers

    How can I help my friend get help for suspected mental illness?

    I'm sure that my friend (who lives cross-country) is dealing with un-diagnosed untreated mental illness. I'm 99% sure it's bipolar disorder, based on lots of information and evidence. I don't want this thread to be about diagnosing, but rather about how to help (I think we can agree that the steps I should take to help would be largely the same regardless of what he's grappling with, right?). [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Jan 10, 2013 - 7 answers

    I'm Okay, You're a Wreck.

    Coworker/friend/mentor really, really depressed... and with good reason. Can/should I help? How? Wall o' sadness inside. [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Dec 13, 2012 - 11 answers

    The Hand That Rocks the Cradle?

    What to do about a babysitter who appears to be having a mental breakdown/serious depressive episode? [more inside]
    posted by Scattercat on Dec 6, 2012 - 30 answers

    How to recover from a very public psychosis.

    How can I get over periods of psychosis and depression by putting it behind me, gaining some experiences and achievements to make the relapses feel like less of a big deal?or How can I stop thinking about me? [more inside]
    posted by Erred on Sep 19, 2012 - 9 answers

    My mom won't bathe.

    Ideas to help a mom who won't shower or bathe. Lots more details inside. [more inside]
    posted by odayoday on Aug 15, 2012 - 17 answers

    Bipolar family member draining everyone's health

    My sister (in her 20's) has recently been diagnosed as bipolar, after many manic episodes that have previously been attributed to depression. Right now she is staying with our parents and driving them crazy - every time I talk to my mom on the phone she is either close to tears or past that line. I have no idea how to help, maybe you do? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Jul 9, 2012 - 14 answers

    Can you really hold down a job? REALLY?

    How do you figure out whether or not your mental illness is serious enough to (basically) permanently stop working? Are there books or worksheets you can use to sort this out? [more inside]
    posted by Fee Phi Faux Phumb I Smell t'Socks o' a Puppetman! on Jun 22, 2012 - 13 answers

    What happens if you're diagnosed with a mental illness?

    What are the potential consequences of having an official mental illness diagnosis on your record? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Jun 4, 2012 - 19 answers

    I need someone to make sure I do my chores...

    How can I find help keeping up with life? I need an option between permanent supportive housing and crap, I haven't taken out the trash or paid a bill in three months. [more inside]
    posted by Fee Phi Faux Phumb I Smell t'Socks o' a Puppetman! on May 14, 2012 - 13 answers

    Do people prone to depression and similar illnesses tend to (unwittingly?) form social groups together?

    Do people prone to depression and similar illnesses tend to (unwittingly?) form social groups together? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Apr 3, 2012 - 6 answers

    Please help me help my wife.

    I need professional help with trying to save my marriage to a person who has had profound anger, anxiety, and depression issues since childhood. I need help with leading her toward restarting therapy (and potentially toward reconsidering her insistence on no chemical treatment). Our relationship is in serious jeopardy and we have a child. [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Mar 21, 2012 - 16 answers

    the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

    How do I explain a university medical withdrawal to a prospective employer without damaging my chances of being hired? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Jan 21, 2012 - 17 answers

    I can't just stop thinking, though that would probably fix things.

    Breaking out of habitually intellectualizating my feelings - I'm looking for a how-to guide of some sort. Preferably not all about mindfulness. [more inside]
    posted by Fee Phi Faux Phumb I Smell t'Socks o' a Puppetman! on Nov 11, 2011 - 15 answers

    I have it on good authority that I get to keep my shoelaces!

    I'm going to an intake (evaluation/show-and-tell) session at a psychiatric partial hospitalization program, due to severe social anxiety, ADHD and most importantly my current acute bipolar depressive episode. What kinds of questions should I be asking? How should I prepare? [more inside]
    posted by Fee Phi Faux Phumb I Smell t'Socks o' a Puppetman! on Aug 28, 2011 - 13 answers

    There's no "there" there.

    How do I talk to my mother about her depression, especially when I'm trying to create better boundaries but simultaneously plan for my family's future? [more inside]
    posted by Madamina on Oct 25, 2010 - 9 answers

    Should I mention I'm mentally ill on a graduate school statement of intent

    Should I mention my mental illness on my graduate school statement of intent? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2009 - 24 answers

    I'm not an attention seeker, I'm depressed

    Should I reveal my depression to my co-workers? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Jul 7, 2009 - 37 answers

    Under what circumstances can a Uk hospital give ECT without the patient's consent?

    Depression that doesn't respond to drugs - what are the guidelines on ECT for unwilling hospital patients? [more inside]
    posted by tulipwool on May 6, 2009 - 17 answers

    Non-Spontaneous Human Combustion: How Do We Stop It From Happening to Mom?

    The short version: mom's morphed into a reclusive, depressive, heavily-medicated, quasi-narcoleptic shell of a woman. She's given up on life and herself. More disturbingly, she's burned holes in hundreds of household items (carpets, floors, computer keyboards) after falling asleep while smoking. It's a recipe for tragedy(s) - fires, skull fractures, etc. We want a better life for her (or hell, any life at all, given the fire hazards). What can we do? [more inside]
    posted by julthumbscrew on Jan 8, 2009 - 24 answers

    I'm cured! Now what?

    I've spent the last fifteen years suffering from bipolar disorder (bipolar II with the emphasis on depression) and a sleep disorder. Four months ago I switched to a medication that turns out to be perfect for me. I feel normal. Assuming this continues, my mood disorder is essentially cured. Fifteen years of mental illness have really screwed up my life. How do I get it back? [more inside]
    posted by xchmp on Jul 29, 2008 - 22 answers

    Correcting medical records

    Can incorrect and speculative family history be corrected on my medical records? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Feb 17, 2008 - 4 answers

    Is depression contagious?

    My partner shows all the classic signs of depression, yet vehemenently declares that they are not depressed. [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Jul 20, 2005 - 15 answers

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