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Social Anxiety? General Anxiety? Medication?

I've been struggling with general anxiety my entire life, however it's been getting out of control lately. I also have random social anxiety and obsessive thinking mixed in. Looking for people's experiences and whether or not medication has helped. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 22, 2016 - 16 answers

How to not be affected by sister's negative moods and outbursts?

I'm currently living with my sister and mother due to financial issues. We are all adults. My sister has bipolar + Asperger's so I have a lot of sympathy for her, but I have a difficult time being around her when she's in a depressive state. It has a significant impact on my mood, and I can become resentful. She's the type to make sure that everyone knows she is depressed yet refuses to talk about it; if pressed, she can become emotionally volatile. How can I learn to walk on eggshells without being affected by her negativity? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 22, 2016 - 21 answers

Get Therapy 201: How do I get the most out of therapy?

OK, AskMe, around these parts we know and love the advice to get therapy. It's great advice! But what about the 201-level advice? Once you get yourself into therapy, how do you get the most out of it? I'm curious to hear some MeFite wisdom. What has made your experience with therapy richer and more helpful? Give me your practical tips, and tell me about mindsets and attitudes that you have found to be helpful (or not helpful). [more inside]
posted by aka burlap on Jan 20, 2016 - 24 answers

Romance and uncertainty part two

I have clarified some of my feelings and done some self-work on this relationship, but I'm having trouble trusting myself and my insights. [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Jan 18, 2016 - 10 answers

How to make these good feelings last....forever

Feeling a breakthrough in my depression. Damn, this feels good. I’m getting more actively engaged with life, and I feel happy about myself. To be honest, I don’t remember feeling this good. But there’s this underlying fear – how do I make it last? And how do I avoid the destructive thought patterns that got me here in the first place, especially during times that’ll inevitably be harder than being 23 with very little responsibility? [more inside]
posted by rhythm_queen on Jan 14, 2016 - 10 answers

Embarrassed of my life.

I experience moments of defeat. Where's my courage? [more inside]
posted by morning_television on Jan 12, 2016 - 16 answers

Wait, you like me? Why?

I have developed a sort of uncertain romantic situation with a girl at my college. It's really the first time that I've been close to anyone in this way, or at all, and I am afraid that my self-hatred and self-absorption is getting in the way of a proper human relationship, as friends or otherwise. [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Jan 9, 2016 - 13 answers

Feelings of inferiority are messing with my mental health. What to do?

Some years ago a psychologist conned me into taking an IQ test. If that weren't bad enough, my test subscores ended up being, for the most part, horrible—nearly bad enough to put me into a percentile in which the 'intellectually impaired' are a part of. Though deep down inside I'm not convinced I'm the dolt I am on paper, these results have really fucked with my head and have made me spend much time questioning my intelligence. Really, all these results have done for me is lower my confidence and cause me a great deal of depression and anxiety that sometimes gets so out of hand that it leaves me feeling suicidal. And this I very well knew could happen. And I knew that receiving less-than-stellar results was highly possible due at least in part to my anxious nature which makes it hard for me to focus when around others. And I knew this would ruin me; and ruin me it has. Now the question is: can the damage be undone? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 3, 2016 - 40 answers

Therapist recommendations in NYC

Hello all, Yet another therapist recommendation question. This time my own! [more inside]
posted by gehenna_lion on Dec 31, 2015 - 8 answers

Fear of Antidepressants

Yesterday a dear friend had a come to Jesus talk with me and encouraged me to make an appointment with my doctor about going on an antidepressant. I have been advised to go on antidepressants in the past by therapists and other doctors, but have never taken the next steps because my family views being on medication as a personal failure/huge dangerous risk. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Dec 30, 2015 - 63 answers

grad school coping mechanisms

I'm halfway done with an intense 1 yr biology MS intended to get people into med/dental school. There are less than 20 people in the program, making me feel like I'm existing in some bizarre microcosm where everything I do (particularly grades/academics-wise) is under scrutiny. My classmates are competitive in a way that I'm not used to and don't like. I'm dreading my second semester. Help me make it through successfully. [more inside]
posted by DayTripper on Dec 28, 2015 - 10 answers

How do you determine whom to talk to when the depression returns?

I'm one of those people who thought major depression was a thing I was over and done with years ago. I am recently experiencing a STRONG relapse (nothing self harm related) with a bunch of physical symptoms ( bad sleep, panic attacks, memory gaps, excessive crying, Ill advised text arguments with an ex boyfriend (in which he has been patient and kind but I can't retread that for so many reasons . [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Dec 27, 2015 - 34 answers

Do I need medication?

I was diagnosed with depression in 2012, after a really bad few months of daily crying and suicideal ideation. After several months of therapy, plus positive situational changes over the past couple of years, I am now pretty far away from those dark days. But I still get occasional episodes of inexplicable low mood when I, for example, cancel all commitments for the day and stay home in bed all day. What gives? Should I go back to therapy and/or go ask my doctor for medication and/or accept this as a dimension of who I am and manage around it? The moods feel physiological in origin, I can't put my finger on any thought or event that triggers them, and they happen about once every 2-3 months.
posted by anonymous on Dec 18, 2015 - 15 answers

I've failed as an adult.

Now I want to change. Help me stay on this path. [more inside]
posted by MeaninglessMisfortune on Dec 16, 2015 - 10 answers

I'd be worried but I just don't care enough ...

I haz a big ass bowl of apathy. I've been on anti-depressants for many years (various ones since they tend to crap out after a bit) and currently on Effexor XR 75mg. Was diagnosed with hypothyroid and was put on small dose of synthroid. [more inside]
posted by Mysticalchick on Dec 13, 2015 - 8 answers

Tell me this isn't limerence

I have been pretty sure I like this girl for a while now, and now that the issue has been raised and left unresolved, I'm in crisis mode and don't know what I'm feeling. [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Dec 13, 2015 - 12 answers

Short-term disability for grief

My brother overdosed on Tuesday. I used my 3 days of bereavement and now I'm returning to work in two hours. I can't sleep and I'm sick to my stomach with anxiety. Can I use short term disability to take time off? [more inside]
posted by blackzinfandel on Dec 11, 2015 - 9 answers

Living with a partner who has depression.

We're in this cycle, where the worse he feels, the worse he acts toward me, the worse I feel, the more I need kindness, the less he is able to provide it, the angrier I get, the worse he feels, repeat ad nauseum. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 11, 2015 - 19 answers

One damn thing after another, right?

I have no idea how to even put one foot in front of the other. [more inside]
posted by The Noble Goofy Elk on Dec 11, 2015 - 13 answers

In Need of Resources for Relative with Bipolar I Disorder

A relative of mine is about to crash after a month-long manic episode. Our family has realized that a long-term care plan needs to manifest ASAP so our lives don't get torn apart every time said relative has an episode as bad as this. Can you recommend resources regarding rehab, disability insurance, and retirement (or lack thereof) for Bipolar I individuals in California? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 11, 2015 - 7 answers

Depression-Camo Clothing

I am going through a pretty severe depressive episode right now, and when I am able to get dressed, everything feels uncomfortable. I'm trying to leave the house more often, which means looking presentable, so I'm asking for suggestions for the most comfortable (women's) clothing you've experienced. Some picky details within. [more inside]
posted by bibliowench on Dec 8, 2015 - 57 answers

Should I take this job? I'm feeling very conflicted.

I'm 23, currently living at home with my mum close to London. I've got a good degree but in a subject I'm no longer interested in pursuing. I've just been offered a QA job in Bristol which I originally applied for in September. They really liked me in the interview stage, but I was turned down because they found someone more experience. Today I received an email from them with a job offer, I'm really torn whether I should take the job or not because there's a lot of pros and cons. [more inside]
posted by fallingleaves on Nov 30, 2015 - 11 answers

Please help me track down my missing brother

My brother has been out of touch with the family for like six months, not returning calls or emails or picking up his physical mail. But, his cell phone and work phone worked, so we were worried but not panicked. Yesterday I left him a voice mail at work that basically said if you don't call soon, I'm coming to Boston. Today, his cell was disconnected. Maybe the two events are connected, maybe not, but I'm freaked out. I don't have any friends in Boston. [more inside]
posted by Measured Out my Life in Coffeespoons on Nov 26, 2015 - 33 answers

How can I feel grateful for things I don't feel I deserve?

Keeping a gratitude journal is supposed to make you feel happier, but instead it frequently fills me with guilt and shame because it reminds me that my life is full of good things I've done nothing to deserve. How can I allow myself to be happy about the good things in my life? [more inside]
posted by cortisol on Nov 19, 2015 - 31 answers

Fear of loneliness *and* fear of dating

I'm terrified of loneliness and terrified of dating. Needless to say, I'm wound up most of the time. What can I do about this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 19, 2015 - 7 answers

Help me help them understand this feeling

I am looking for excerpts or entire works that describe as viscerally as possible the feeling of wanting to die (not necessarily being suicidal but not necessarily not). [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume on Nov 18, 2015 - 15 answers

Making friends when you're 30

I am a single dad currently functioning as a transplant in a new city. I've been here a year, but haven't had much luck in meeting people. ❅ ❄ ❆ inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 14, 2015 - 12 answers

Finding the right psychiatric help in Memphis or Birmingham

A sibling of mine is in crisis. Possible bipolar disorder, definite prescription pill abuse, possible suicide risk. We need to find them help immediately. But my family being my family, there are some requirements that have to be met. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by shiu mai baby on Nov 11, 2015 - 11 answers

Why does taking a Klonopin ease my desire to cry?

Has anyone else experienced this? I take Klonopin for anxiety, but I've discovered that it takes away my crying urges. I find that strange because I have never thought of or experienced my anxiety being linked to crying before. [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Nov 9, 2015 - 12 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

On losing my way...with words.

I used to be a decent writer growing up. I could write things in two hours that would take other people weeks while in school. Ideas.... mental outlines... of what a certain piece of writing would look and sound like would spontaneously form in my head, sometimes down to specific wording. Suddenly, I would get a burst of energy and write until there was nothing left. Now even writing an email feels like pulling teeth. What's wrong with me? YANMD. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Nov 5, 2015 - 13 answers

Interstate Intervention?

The shit has hit the fan. The plane has crashed into the mountain. My out-of-town sister needs help for her drinking, depression and anxiety above and beyond what her loved ones or twice-a-week therapy can provide. Since interventions don't work, how do I get her the help she needs? [more inside]
posted by Pearl928 on Nov 3, 2015 - 14 answers

When the past is present

I'm coming to terms with some things that have happened to me and I seriously *need* to see what healthy, well-adjusted members of the public can tell me: [more inside]
posted by a knot unknown on Nov 2, 2015 - 28 answers

Depression Hospitalization Primer?

As my life unfolds, there is in the short term a growing likelihood I may need to seek residential treatment / hospitalization for major depression. I’m finding it very hard to do research, as most easily accessible search engine results appear (to me) to have been gamed or SEO’d, and what few respectable websites I do come across are barebones or tight-lipped. Perhaps this is because of a wider turn from institutionalization or residential treatment. But still I have questions, and I’d be grateful for any insight... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 30, 2015 - 10 answers

How to remain positive while unemployed?

The stress of unemployment and the possibility of not having anymore money to live off of is taking its toll on our health. We seek the support of career coaches and therapists, we apply to jobs, we do the interviews, but almost always another candidate is chosen for the position. How does remain hopeful while in this seemingly endless cycle? [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend on Oct 30, 2015 - 4 answers

Should a hypochondriac take SSRIs?

My depression and anxiety are getting out of control, and I think medication would help. However, I'm also a massive hypochondriac as part of my anxiety problem, and I'm really worried about the side effects. Is it worth giving meds a shot anyway? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 27, 2015 - 16 answers

Best Practices for Depression

I'm on the upswing(fingers crossed) after a year-long bout with depression. Finally found the right combination of medication + therapy to help me get to a slightly better place. However, now that I finally have the energy to start improving myself, I'm at a loss of what to do. I'm looking for concrete life changes that I can make now that I have the motivation to better. Anything with scientific data attached is ideal, although anecdata is appreciated as well. [more inside]
posted by aleatorictelevision on Oct 27, 2015 - 8 answers

Feeling abandoned by the mental health care system

My therapist can't meet with me for the indefinite future, my psychiatrist quit, and I can't get an appointment with a new doctor. I am handling this badly. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 27, 2015 - 7 answers

Can this (common law) marriage be saved?

My partner (32, male) and I (31, female) have been having the worst year of our lives. We've been together for six years, but the last year has been one horrible thing after another. Our relationship is suffering and it's become difficult for us to spend time together without conflict. My partner has just about given up because he feels like all we do is fight. I think that our relationship is worth saving but I'm not sure what more we can do. How can we right what seems like a sinking ship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 26, 2015 - 22 answers

My anxiety and depression are ruining my life, what do I do now?

I have struggled, periodically, with depression. I was always able to manage it. There have been some situations in my life where I've taken anti-depressants because the depression was a little more debilitating. more inside... [more inside]
posted by getyourlife on Oct 24, 2015 - 4 answers

Vitamin B breaking me out! HELP!

Vitamin B has really helped to improve my mental state, I don't want to stop taking it but it's breaking me out. Do you have any alternatives? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Oct 21, 2015 - 7 answers

Can't love someone or just don't love someone? How do I fix this?

I have been a series of unsuccessful relationships where my feelings disappeared over time. I cannot feel love for my long term partner, but also no longer feel love for family members. I have a history of severe depression, which is clearly an issue, but am not currently feeling particularly depressed (by my own standards, if not those of most people). I don't know how to proceed in my current relationship, as I don't know if my feelings are masked, possibly recoverable or just gone forever. I have posted here before about other emotional issues, but I’m keeping this anonymous because the other threads would link this one back to me. The MeFi community was *amazing* last time. This is a much more complex issue, but I would still appreciate your views. Can I learn to love - my partner, myself, anyone? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 16, 2015 - 8 answers

How Can I Cope With Being a Primary Caregiver?

My mom has dementia. She's in denial about this dementia, and her denial has created some difficulties. I feel guilty, but acting as her primary caregiver is starting to affect me adversely. [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Oct 15, 2015 - 25 answers

I feel like a malingerer, and I feel like others think so too

How do I stop feeling like my depressive symptoms are just character flaws, and how do I convey this to others? Is it possible that I am actually subconsciously exaggerating? [more inside]
posted by hejrat on Oct 11, 2015 - 12 answers

Mid-life crisis: existential or situational?

I just turned 40 and am deeply conflicted about where I am in life. Is this something I should just sit out or do I need to make changes? [more inside]
posted by socksister on Oct 9, 2015 - 15 answers

How can I work at work?

I can't work at work and I don't know why. I can only get work done after the day's over while sitting on my couch. This isn't sustainable. Help! [more inside]
posted by theraflu on Oct 8, 2015 - 14 answers

How to properly enjoy happiness?

I realize this is almost a bratty question to ask, but it's giving me a hard time. I am happy. Things are going well. I feel like I'm looking at a pretty sunset and thinking "eh, okay. enough of that. ho hum." How can I maximize my enjoyment (?) of this blessedly uncomplicated time in my life without screwing it up? [more inside]
posted by witchen on Oct 6, 2015 - 21 answers

This question was just one more thing to do

I feel like I'm suffering from caregiver burnout though I'm not really a caregiver. How do I recharge? How do I prevent this from happening again? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 2, 2015 - 18 answers

Depression vs College Round 8077

I didn't want to admit it to myself but I have fallen into a depressive episode. The problem is I'm a second semester senior taking a heavy load and I need to graduate this semester. What can I realistically do? [more inside]
posted by hejrat on Oct 2, 2015 - 16 answers

How to get through heartbreak that I still can't believe is happening?

The man I love & live with, who until five days ago was saying he loved me, broke up with me the day after we got home from a weekend trip. I was shocked and am feeling scared and helpless. Please give me some tips on how to get through this thing that feels unendurable, I know there are other heartbreak threads on Metafilter and I welcome links. I also welcome advice that will help me see a way through this. The above gets to the heart of it, but big, embarrassing Snowflake below. [more inside]
posted by adastra on Oct 1, 2015 - 36 answers

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