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Healing your inner child after childhood neglect. What helped you?

I have long-running case of depression and generalized anxiety disorder, with plenty of childhood triggers. I do see a therapist but due to the holiday schedule, I won't be seeing my therapist for a few weeks. I want to do some work by myself, because crying to sleep nearly every night is getting exhausting. I want my subconsciousness to chill out and be less triggered. I want tips, stories, and resources. Difficulty: I live with my parents, and I get triggered by them. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 17, 2013 - 15 answers

How do I believe in myself again and make a choice I can truly own?

After years of parental pressure and self-conflict, I no longer know: do I want to be a doctor or not? I am paralyzed with self-doubt and indecision and have repeatedly shot myself in the foot. How can I stop spinning my wheels, climb out of the deep rut I dug myself, make a choice and act on it with conviction? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 6, 2013 - 24 answers

Mental health and the aging parent, part million

In short, my 60something mother who struggles with chronic depression has taken a turn for the worse, and I don't know what to do about it. I know this issue has come up a lot on the green, but would like some help and advice with our specific situation. Snowstorm inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 16, 2013 - 5 answers

Depressed father, mother miserable too - what can we adult children do?

My dad, in his 60s, seems to be depressed. He is deeply unhappy and anxious, and he's also become angry and bitter to the point of a total personality change, mostly with my mum. She is miserable, and me and my siblings are so worried about both of them, especially because Dad refuses to get any help or even have a conversation about this. What, if anything, can we do here? [more inside]
posted by smockpuppet on May 18, 2013 - 12 answers

Help me have a higher quality of life living with the parents this time!

Two nights from now I will be back living with the parents on the other end of the country. Help me turn this into a positive experience. What worked for you? [more inside]
posted by signondiego on Apr 29, 2013 - 9 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

This won't end well and it's really not helping anyone

I believe that my parents are about to make a terrible financial mistake by purchasing a house for my sister. When I bring up my objections, they assume it is because I am jealous and they get defensive. How can I express my concerns in a way in which they will listen, and not just brush my concerns off? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 29, 2012 - 33 answers

Help me short-term with my dad.

My relationship with my dad is crap. I can't articulate why. I'm already in therapy, but my therapist is on vacation and I won't see her again for another few weeks. Help me out, if you can, in the meantime. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 23, 2012 - 26 answers

Learned the lessons, still doomed to repeat

Regarding family and friends, how have you been able to let go of dark/problematic pasts, and moved forward? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 18, 2011 - 15 answers

Alcoholism, parents and dealing with both.

My dad is 63. He's been diagnosed with pancreatitis, but there are a whole host of complicating factors, for that and for everything else. I'm at pretty much the end of my tether. Some advice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 17, 2011 - 5 answers

There comes a time, in every man's life, where decisions have to be made. Whether to toil, to labor, or just plain piss your days away.

This is a long question about what to do with a troublesome parent. It's less a "what would you do" and more a "what is the right thing to do" question. This is the longest question I have ever asked. I'm sorry. [more inside]
posted by TomMelee on Aug 11, 2011 - 29 answers

How do I help my parents from several states away?

How do I stop having extreme anxiety when I think about the fact that I live 1,500 miles away from aging parents? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 25, 2011 - 21 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

Hostages to fortune

How can I maintain some optimism about my child's future, given the crappy crappy world we live in? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 24, 2010 - 45 answers

Can't Get Away

I've become enmeshed in my parent's problems to the extent I feel it's holding me back in life. How to get out? (Long) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 22, 2010 - 11 answers

Should I register for classes in the fall?

So I'm about to start my 7th year of community college... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 21, 2009 - 11 answers

Talking to children about a parent's depression as a non-family caregiver.

How do you talk to young children about a parent's depression? [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke on May 27, 2009 - 6 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

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

Help me figure out the next step with my dad.

Have you ever explicitly told your dad, or any parent, that for your own emotional well-being you need time away from them? Have you ever wanted to? Is there any way to do this? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Dec 28, 2007 - 30 answers

It's all in my head, or is it?

I think I may have some sort of depression, but my parents don't really believe in mental health care for that. What do I do? [a bit long] [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 16, 2007 - 37 answers

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