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Do antidepressants give you a false illusion of life?

I am on lexapro and wellbutrin. They have worked out well. Lexapro in making me relaxed and not sweat the small stuff, and wellbutrin gives me a kick of energy and happiness. But...is this real? [more inside]
posted by marciainabox on Aug 24, 2015 - 30 answers

How do I not hate myself for all this?

It will come as no surprise to some folks here that I am making such a post; however, many deeply felt frustrations have started to arise since I started college in April. [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend on Aug 18, 2015 - 22 answers

Disclosing my depression/medications in profile on a date site?

After a long break I'd like to try dating again. i'm recovering from depression and am on medication, which i've heard can be deal-breakers for some people. Should I say I'm on meds in my profile, or should I bring it up while texting/chatting or maybe on the first date? or is it none of their business until we get more intimate? please help me decide!
posted by Thanquol180 on Aug 14, 2015 - 34 answers

Off Skyla and onto the pill. Which one is making me feel like shit?

Depressed, teary and listless since quitting Skyla and starting generic loestrin about two weeks ago. Which of these two changes is more likely to be the culprit? Looking for others' experience with these drugs. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 12, 2015 - 9 answers

Staying positive while losing weight

I need to lose a lot of weight, but I have trouble sticking with tracking my food or an exercise routine without backsliding into depression and frustration with myself. Please help. [more inside]
posted by thetortoise on Aug 11, 2015 - 36 answers

what do I do now

I was blindsided by a termination from my job last week. In some respects it was a relief because my manager was extremely unpleasant and working around her mood swings was spiraling me into major depression and other health issues. However, I am now stuck with a 7 month job on my employment record (which obviously looks suspect), a litany of the aforementioned health issues, and no idea how to actually recover from this. I need help. Wall of text below (sorry). [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Aug 7, 2015 - 19 answers

Shrink my kid

Psychiatrist recommendation in Long Beach, California? And how can a mother help her son with an upsetting episode and general unhappiness? Wall o' text inside. [more inside]
posted by pH Indicating Socks on Aug 6, 2015 - 10 answers

After a depression, how to let young kids know how much they are loved?

What are some ways that a parent recovering from serious depression can let their young children know that they are loved and treasured? [more inside]
posted by thenewbrunette on Aug 5, 2015 - 23 answers

Depression and work sickness policies

How do I communicate to my boss that my depressive feelings are reasons for a sick day, or to work from home? Additionally, do you have any tips on improving my focus during depressive bouts? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 5, 2015 - 11 answers

In need of love, compassion, and a slap to the face.

Allow me self-indulge, and give me some advice if you'd like. I'm rebuilding myself after a full-blown existential crisis, and I'm still having a very difficult time adjusting to my life as is, and trying to take steps moving forward. [more inside]
posted by omgkinky on Aug 3, 2015 - 16 answers

Moving on from past self-harm

I used to self harm a long time ago. The scars have faded to flat, silvery marks, though they're visible. In dark moments, my brain uses them as a stick to beat me with. How do I come to terms with them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 1, 2015 - 15 answers

Help Little Fluffy Grads + Postdocs Fly The Nest

What can a Professor do to help Grad Students (post-Masters) and Postdocs when they go to another country? What problems did you, as a grad/postdoc, have abroad? What helped? What resources exist to help such people? [more inside]
posted by andrewcooke on Jul 28, 2015 - 5 answers

Should I seek an autism diagnosis?

Should I seek an autism diagnosis? I was assessed for aspergers ten years ago, which was negative for a stated reason that I believe was incorrect, based on my own research into how autism presents in females. Is it worth trying again? [more inside]
posted by bluebell on Jul 26, 2015 - 10 answers

aspergers, adhd, anxiety, or appropriation?

Is there any benefit to pursuing a diagnosis for neurodevelopmental disorders (specifically autism spectrum disorder or adhd) as an adult? Are there reasons not to seek a diagnosis in that realm? Are online screening resources useful for them, or is the use of those resources problematic? Is it better to stick with anxiety and depressive disorders, both as a means for seeking treatment as well as a means of self-understanding? More to the point: Am I trying to figure out what's wrong with me, or am I just trying to earn a Golden Sympathy Star? [more inside]
posted by mittens on Jul 24, 2015 - 14 answers

Should I switch therapists?

I'm trying to figure out, a few sessions into therapy, whether my feelings of initial apathy, now verging on annoyance, are a reason to consider looking for a new therapist or not. Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by mister pointy on Jul 23, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me forgive myself...

How can I let myself off the hook and move on from past mistakes / pain? [more inside]
posted by bookgirl18 on Jul 18, 2015 - 9 answers

Depression takes no bedfellows

I have depression. I won't go into very many details, only because my Ask history is revealing enough. It's pretty bad though. I'm trying to change medication and get into decent, affordable therapy ( tips on doing the latter in NYC appreciated). The thing is, I know that chipping away at some of the crushing isolation that has defined a large part of the last two years of my life would go a long way toward moving me forward. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Jul 15, 2015 - 20 answers

Self-acceptance after breakup with asexual, aromantic girlfriend

My girlfriend and I broke up because while I felt unloved and unwanted, she felt I was putting too much pressure on her and setting unreasonable expectations on the relationship. After the breakup, she told me she now identifies as ace + aro, neither of which I am. I feel guilty I didn't know much about this topic while we were together, and the more I read about it the more I get depressed and dwell on mistakes I made unknowingly. How can I respect myself after this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 11, 2015 - 25 answers

Asking my depressed boyfriend to move out so we can work on ourselves

My previously solid almost 2 year relationship is hanging by a thread. My bf of almost 2 years has been experiencing a depressive episode since May. I'm thinking of asking him to move out and seeing each other a couple of times a week. This is because his depression is rubbing off on me and I want us to have some space while we work on our issues, which will take time. [more inside]
posted by Femiluv on Jul 11, 2015 - 36 answers

My life is empty. Wat do?

19 year old dude here, history of disabling depression and social anxiety, with nothing to occupy his mind. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 10, 2015 - 15 answers

I'm Desperate - What to do when not seeing any progress in counseling?

I have been dealing with depression for the past 5 years of my life. It got really bad 6 months ago, to the point where I feel immobilized and suffocated by it. I have seen counselors but am not making any progress. I know there have been numerous threads like this one but I am desperate now and don't know where else to go. [more inside]
posted by NowYouKnow on Jul 9, 2015 - 25 answers

Can a place cause depression? Help me get over this.

I had an awful experience during my PhD. Managed to finish, and have been happily employed across the country for the past few years. This summer, I made the mistake of signing up for a 2 week workshop back on campus. I'm only 3 days in, and I'm stressed, lonely, anxious... the way I was for much of grad school, but not since. I can't leave before the workshop ends, and I have no friends or family here, and no access to professional help. How do I survive this, while being productive with my work and putting on a cheerful facade?
posted by redlines on Jul 8, 2015 - 13 answers

Please help me ID a non-legal career for competitive talkers!

Other than law, do you know of a career field that affords both: (1) opportunities for public speaking, and (2) up-or-down, win-or-lose competition? Thank you for donating your time to a worthy effort--helping to boost me out of my deeply unhappy career. [more inside]
posted by ennui_on_me on Jul 8, 2015 - 11 answers

Therapist Recommendation in Somerville or Cambridge

Could you recommend a therapist in the Somerville/Cambridge area who takes Cigna? [more inside]
posted by Polyhymnia on Jul 7, 2015 - 3 answers

Avoiding (or Re-routing) the Sad Thoughts

In serious need of ways to keep myself from dwelling on recent bad news. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 6, 2015 - 17 answers

Is it dementia?

My dad has been acting emotionally erratic and saying and doing inappropriate things in the last year. We lost my mom to ALS about 1.5 years ago, and he is understandably depressed. He's repeating stories or anecdotes two or three times in the same conversation. He's using very inappropriate language and subjects around my two young daughters. He also has been doing things like speaking loudly during quiet graduation and funeral services and having disproportionate emotional outbursts. Is this depression, or could it be dementia or Alzheimer's? [more inside]
posted by percor on Jul 6, 2015 - 21 answers

Going Mad in NYC

I'm considering leaving NY but I don't know if I'm being realistic at all. Currently unemployed and have limited funds. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Jul 3, 2015 - 9 answers

How do I handle this interview/job offer situation?

I just went for an interview but they took it a lot more seriously than I did and now I have to tell them that I don't want the job (even though I am starting to be in need of it). How do I handle this? [more inside]
posted by ghostbikes on Jul 3, 2015 - 25 answers

I need a job. I want a job. But I don't *want* a job

So I've been out of college ( psych and neuroscience BA) for two years now. I have very little experience beyond the classroom ( VERY little), no salient passions, and a physical disability. I have a history of depression and ADD-like symptoms. It's time for me to work- I can't afford to live on 500 a month from the government. But how do I get a job when even filling out job applications and customizing the resume to each job feels like slow torture? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 1, 2015 - 12 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 feel better when you're really, really depressed.

How can I make myself feel better when regular self-soothing techniques don't appear to be helping? [more inside]
posted by joeyjoejoejr on Jun 30, 2015 - 31 answers

In search of a therapist who is good with creatives in Portland, OR.

I am a working artist and I've been dealing with a ton of anxiety and depression for much of my life, but it's getting particularly rough lately. Portland is a city of creatives, so can someone recommend me an awesome therapist who also understands creative people's problems? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 24, 2015 - 3 answers

How do I cope with squandered potential?

Lately it's been sinking in a little more how much potential and how many opportunities I obliterated by screwing up as an undergrad. I eventually graduated with a degree, but my performance was poor enough that it ruled out the career I imagined for myself. [more inside]
posted by mister pointy on Jun 22, 2015 - 25 answers

Early 30s and my life is a mess. How do I clean things up?

I grew up in a bizarre, cult-like family that screwed up my development as a person. So in a lot of ways I'm way behind other people in basic life skills. After four years of hard, painful work I've finally been able to untwist the knots that were tied up in my brain. How do I get the mess I have here under control? [more inside]
posted by gehenna_lion on Jun 21, 2015 - 24 answers

Obligated to talk to roomie about potential depression/drinking problem?

While she doesn't get obliterated, my roommate does drink a substantial amount most nights. I think she may be depressed. My friend pointed out that as her roommate I may be the only one aware of her behavior. Am I obligated to talk to her about it? How do I bring it up? [more inside]
posted by efsrous on Jun 20, 2015 - 17 answers

Techniques for improving memory in older people

I'm looking for ways an older relative can improve his memory, which has become very poor, probably because of anxiety and post-chemotherapy issues. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 18, 2015 - 10 answers

Online obsession aggravating depression - how to reset brain?

I have recurrent depression, in a bad phase at the moment. (I am in therapy, on meds, and not at risk of self-harm.) Being in a sub-optimal living situation, with no immediate financial need to seek work, few nearby friends and no relationship I have taken to spending way too much time in bed and online. I know what I have to do to recover: how do I handle my mind in the very short term / meantime? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 18, 2015 - 16 answers

Why aren't my stimulating meds stimulating me?

You are not my psychiatrist! But maybe you have some idea about why this is happening. I've been diagnosed with dysthymia, major depression (in an episode now, triggered by trying to taper off of Cymbalta), and inattentive-type ADHD. I take a passel of stimulating psych meds but am still lethargic and, currently, pretty depressed, and my psychiatrists (two in the past year) don't know why. [more inside]
posted by knock my smock and i'll clean your clock on Jun 18, 2015 - 24 answers

Experiences with Quitting Smoking and Depression

Looking for any info, either research or personal stories, about how and why quitting smoking can cause depression in some people. [more inside]
posted by neeta on Jun 10, 2015 - 11 answers

Running out of options

Could I be forced to leave college due to my depression/current situation? I feel like I've hit the dead end. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Jun 9, 2015 - 12 answers

Sharing your journal in therapy

About a month ago, I started therapy (for anxiety, possible depression, and relationship issues), and so far I've been frustrated with my inability to express myself to my therapist. Would it be OK to have her read my journal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 9, 2015 - 12 answers

Daily review journal questions

I keep track of some basic 'quantified self' info by hand, and I'd like to add one or more prompts to help me both track and improve my wellbeing. Gratitude journal prompts are one (maybe not perfect) example - what else could I look at? [more inside]
posted by lokta on Jun 8, 2015 - 8 answers

I don't want to be a taker.

What can I do to be a good partner/friend/person while dealing with my own moderate depression? [more inside]
posted by quadrant seasons on Jun 8, 2015 - 15 answers

Hope for the hopeless

I'm in the worst rut of my life and I am hoping it will help to put some of the gory details out there and ask for advice/encouragement/anecdata from impartial and hopefully wise strangers. I know there must be some way to fix my problems, but at this point it's a matter of finding that way and believing it is possible. [more inside]
posted by dissolvedgirl22 on Jun 7, 2015 - 25 answers

How to receive a gift that embarrasses me

My parents are about to give me an embarrassing birthday gift. Help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 30, 2015 - 35 answers

Given these snowflakes, is my partner smoking too much?

I found out last night that my partner has been smoking pot about five nights a week, but in such small quantities that they did not think it worthwhile to mention, since I knew about and was not bothered by periodic smoking in general. I am not really drawn to drugs or alcohol, so I have no idea if this is an appropriate amount or not. Details within! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 29, 2015 - 26 answers

In sickness and in strain?

How do you know when a relationship is 'tough' and 'hard work' or when it's harming you and warrants walking away? [more inside]
posted by Vrai on May 27, 2015 - 25 answers

Help me to stop my son going off the rails

I'm worried about my young adult son and I need some advice to help him get out of his negative mind set and weed smoking funk, and to start living a fuller life. [more inside]
posted by blokefromipanema on May 27, 2015 - 24 answers

Balancing care for yourself with mental health issues of a family member

Recently my sister came over from the UK to stay with us here in Sydney for 3 weeks, and it was tough. She was extremely critical of everything down to the smallest detail and often condescending and rude. This is not my first time being treated like shit by a guest in my own home and I'd really like advice on how to stop this/react in future. [more inside]
posted by everydayanewday on May 26, 2015 - 24 answers

I don't want to be her suicide letter.

My long-distance partner is suicidal, and I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 24, 2015 - 8 answers

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