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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

I feel a crushing lack of energy, apathy, lack of focus/motivation.

I'm 21, bright, full of potential and with lots of dreams...but I feel completely, ridiculously unable to complete menial daily tasks. I need to move out, as family life isn't peachy. I need to do a lot of things to get my marketing career going, and I see it: but I'm unmotivated and lazy. Today is a low point, very low, can't stop tearfully moping about. Plz help. :( [more inside]
posted by rhythm_queen on Aug 12, 2013 - 8 answers

Relocating and rebuilding as a depressed person

I absolutely need to move. I'm feeling very stuck in my father's suburban Texas home. I've been in Colorado for the last week and I don't want to leave. I feel that this is a place where I can be healthy and take control of my life. It's so beautiful. But I'm overwhelmed. I need some guidance, I'm willing to make a lot of sacrifices to relocate to Colorado but I don't know how to make it happen. [more inside]
posted by polyhedron on Aug 11, 2013 - 25 answers

What use am I if I am always to be average or mediocre?

Perfectionism has been something I have dealt with since I was a child. I am 22 years old and what I think about a lot is what use am I if I have no extraordinary abilities, talents, or accomplishments. [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend on Aug 11, 2013 - 60 answers

How can I break the habits I developed while I was depressed?

About two years ago, I started a very effective course of cognitive behavioral therapy that helped me understand my depression and change my negative, self-critical thinking. Recently, I've began noticing that even though how I think about myself has changed, I haven't done anything to change the isolated, unhealthy lifestyle I developed back when I was depressed. Now that I'm out of therapy, what can I do to break these habits that contribute to depression? [more inside]
posted by Chuck Barris on Aug 10, 2013 - 14 answers

Bored and constantly worrying about my future

I have too much time on my hands and, apparently, a lot of internal pressure, so I spend all day worrying about how my life is going to turn out... Can someone help me break out of it? [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Aug 10, 2013 - 14 answers

Was my mother abusive or just a bad mother? Maybe neither?

I'm currently 34, but I'm dealing with things that happened when I was 16-23. I'm worried that I'm overreacting, misplacing blame, or being unfair. Was my mother abusive or just a bad mother? Maybe neither? I know this is unwieldy, but I'm flailing about somewhat trying to find my footing. I feel guilty for reacting to things that happened so long ago. [more inside]
posted by fredmounts on Aug 9, 2013 - 36 answers

Birth control options for sad ladies

New relationship, long history of depression, looking for birth control advice. [more inside]
posted by terretu on Aug 9, 2013 - 17 answers

Is it really too late?

I am not happy to be using my sock this morning. I hoped it would wither and die unused, but instead it is filled with angst and sadness. Deets: 34yo female, never married, this is my second long term relationship, but first where we have lived together. Last night, in bed, I turned to my boyfriend and jokingly said "Do you love me?" And then I immediately asked another dumb question that had nothing to do with us (I honestly can't even remember what it was at this point). His response was not a jokey statement back, or even yes. [more inside]
posted by it's always too late on Aug 9, 2013 - 36 answers

should i be worried about my SO's messiness?

My SO is very messy, to the point where they can't have visitors. They let me visit once after cleaning their apartment. They have an entire wall lined with boxes of unused comic books. They have a several-years-old stack of takeout boxes about chest high... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 7, 2013 - 39 answers

Is it a bad idea to submit my psychiatrist visits to my insurance?

I'm seeing a psychiatrist. I'm paying for it up front through my HSA and not submitting it to my insurance company. I switched to a new practice recently and because it's more expensive, I wonder if I should submit these claims to my insurer. Should I be? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 6, 2013 - 8 answers

Can anxiety feel like this?

I find it difficult to articulate the way I've been feeling, but more and more I'm suspecting that things aren't right. I'm in my second year of grad school and I'm not getting things done fast enough, due to circumstances both under my control, and outside of it. I'm starting to think my problem might be anxiety, or depression. [more inside]
posted by dinofuzz on Aug 5, 2013 - 17 answers

Hoarding and endless grief for lost things

I have major hoarding problems, co-morbid with depression and anxiety, for extra fun and challenge. This is further complicated by the fact that I often grieve for lost, broken or discarded things endlessly, and the feelings never seem to heal. These feelings add to my depression and inhibit dealing with the hoarding issues. Can anyone offer advice not so much on how to get rid of items but on how to deal with sustained distress from having done so? [more inside]
posted by beyondthepale on Aug 5, 2013 - 16 answers

dying alone with cats/fear of intimacy

I need to get over my fear of intimacy. I need help recognizing self-sabotaging behavior, when dealing with the opposite sex and otherwise, that is preventing me from having a grown-up healthy heterosexual relationship. [more inside]
posted by DayTripper on Aug 4, 2013 - 18 answers

Healthier PBJ equivalents

Hi! What is as easy to throw together as a PBJ sandwich, but healthier? You can answer the question without reading what's below if you want! I eat most things, though functionally I am vegetarian at home. [more inside]
posted by liketitanic on Aug 4, 2013 - 49 answers

How to curb career-related jealousy in a relationship?

My boyfriend (of 8 months) and I work in the same industry, but have different aspirations and skillsets. We more or less started "on the same level," but he's shooting quickly up the ladder since getting a promotion and I'm stuck in an awful rut at my current company. How do I cope with this? [more inside]
posted by themaskedwonder on Aug 2, 2013 - 8 answers

How to save my brother from himself

My 33 year old older brother is sponging off my parents and isn't getting a job, I'm worried that he's going to get kicked out of my parents' house. He got fired a while ago and I'm pretty sure his main problem is depression/having given up; I'm pretty sure he's better than this though. [more inside]
posted by GoingToShopping on Jul 29, 2013 - 62 answers

How do I follow through and take my Prozac as prescribed?

I have untreated depression. It's starting to impact my work, family, and social life significantly. My primary care has prescribed 10mg of Prozac, but I still haven't taken it. How can I jump the gun and feel comfortable taking it, when health anxiety is also an issue? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 28, 2013 - 19 answers

Is taking Pristiq and 5-HTP together going to cause serotonin syndrome

Is taking Pristiq and 5-HTP together going to kill me cause serotonin syndrome? [more inside]
posted by yeoz on Jul 25, 2013 - 5 answers

How do I forgive myself for making a bad decision?

My girlfriend and I are relocating to a new city. We're in town to find a place to live and applied for two places. We were offered both and had to make a (what seemed like a difficult) decision. We went back and forth and eventually made a decision. Once we signed the lease i started feeling serious regret and loss of opportunity. [more inside]
posted by mrunderhill on Jul 25, 2013 - 21 answers

Should I take antidepressants?

As far as I can tell, I'm textbook dysthymic with occasional bouts of major depression. I also have generalized anxiety and binge eat. This has been going on since I was a teenager (I'm mid-20s now) and I'm sick of it and starting to wonder if life's too short to feel as generally terrible as I do. Complications are grad school, anxiety, and general terror about taking something that might interfere with my brain. Should I take antidepressants? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 24, 2013 - 25 answers

"Feeling Good", the handbook ... or something else?

My sweet baby sister is struggling with some depression and self-esteem issues. She's not interested in therapy at this point but she's open to doing some self-help/at-home work. What book shoud I get her? [more inside]
posted by nubianinthedesert on Jul 23, 2013 - 16 answers

Ineffectiveness of pain killers and a depressed mind...

Can someone who understands biology and brain chemistry please show me the (probably) glaring hole in my blinding flash of brilliance connecting my wife's mental health and her apparently abnormal responses to painkillers...? [ possible mental health triggers inside, I guess ] [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 22, 2013 - 10 answers

What to expect from the NHS for mental health in London?

What should I expect if I go to my GP in East London about my mental health? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 17, 2013 - 8 answers

How can I help my friend cope and accept her dogs death?

One of my best friends is having a really hard time with her dying canine. She has had this dog since I have know her (14 years) and since the dog was a puppy. She has had some tough times in the years I have known her, and this dog has been her constant companion and helped her power through those times when she struggled even to get out of bed in the morning. She is (rightfully) having a really hard time letting go, though at this point it is the right thing to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 17, 2013 - 28 answers

How do I stop relationship doubts from becoming self-fulfilling?

I'm having doubts about whether I'm in love with my partner and whether I want to stay with him. We've been together 5 1/2 years and lived together for almost 4. Because I've started thinking more about doubts I have, I think I'm becoming more sensitive to things about them that bother me, which makes me doubt even more. They also make me feel guilty and isolated from my partner, which makes things feel even worse.

I'm not asking whether I should stay, but for advice on how to stop doubts from metastasizing and making me feel miserable 24/7, while still working through them. Also, for advice on how to be kind and honest with my partner during this time.

PS I have a therapist I was seeing a year ago, yes Mefi I'm calling her right now... let me know if there's anything in particular I should ask her about - CBT etc? [more inside]
posted by blu_stocking on Jul 16, 2013 - 13 answers

Having a bit of a mental health crisis, not sure what to do next

I've hit a low and am considering psychiatric hospitalization, but none of the psychiatrists in my area seem to treat the condition that seems to be at the heart of my problems (ADHD). I'm also very, very depressed. What can I do to get through the next hours, days and weeks? [more inside]
posted by silly me on Jul 16, 2013 - 9 answers

I need to be nice whilst telling the world to sod off

I have occasional depressive, anxiety, self-loathing filled episodes. I know them well enough now to know that I can ride them out. When they happen, I need to shut the world out. I can be on transmit - telling people what's happening but that I'm aware of it and in control - but I can't cope with inputs, and I usually need to sleep a lot. My current girlfriend says she can deal with anything except me "cutting her off". How do I walk this line? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 12, 2013 - 44 answers

Has anyone heard of spontaneous remission for severe bouts of depression

I've struggled with depression for 30 years and have tried multiple medications/treatments, light therapy, Transcendental Meditation, etc. The last modality I had so much hope for was Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation; the treatments actually made my depression worse. Since we all know of cases where tumorous cancers have disappeared without explanation, I'm hoping someone has witnessed this occurring in a friend or loved one who's been diagnosed with clinical depression?
posted by Jeanne3 on Jul 11, 2013 - 12 answers

I, robot...

How to be more sensitive to my feelings after depression? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Jul 9, 2013 - 4 answers

Celexa's not working anymore. Should I give Prozac a shot again?

I've been taking Celexa for a year and 9 months. It doesn't work as well anymore, and due to FDA warnings, I don't want to up my dosage anymore (currently at 40mg/day). I took Prozac a dozen years ago and it worked well. Should I switch back to Prozac? [more inside]
posted by Val_E_Yum on Jul 7, 2013 - 13 answers

Looking for information on teating a psychiatrist a with mood disorder

Are there any psychiatrists or literature about treating psychiatrists with mood disorders? I am looking for a referral or anybody who can give some advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 3, 2013 - 6 answers

Just started therapy, how can I deal with the constant flashbacks?

I have a lot of trauma in my past. My therapist is trying to teach me ways of being present, but I'm having a really hard time. Has anyone else with PTSD found something that helps calm the flood of memories? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 2, 2013 - 14 answers

How do I get better at being in therapy?

I’ve got an appointment with a new therapist next week. I’m really excited, because wow do I have some things to work out, but I’m also wary because I’m crap at being in therapy. This new therapist seems to be a good fit, at least on paper and according to a recommendation I’ve gotten. Does anyone have any constructive ideas about how to be a good patient in therapy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 21, 2013 - 9 answers

If it's depression, it sucks.

I'm pretty sure I'm depressed but I don't have the energy or motivation to do something about it. I'm not sure what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 19, 2013 - 12 answers

36 year old with midlife crisis looking for advice

I got to a point in my life, where I need to look around and decide what to change. And although it may look as if I should have a lot of options and possibilities – I feel stuck. I would appreciate any comments from you – any hints, suggestions, ideas or stories how you overcame similar problems. I do need inspiration and I would be very thankful for any feedback from you. [more inside]
posted by dogbert on Jun 17, 2013 - 18 answers

It's too late to try communication

I didn't communicate with my SO before hand, and now I'm self destructing. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 16, 2013 - 14 answers

How can I nip a depressive episode in the bud?

The past few weeks I've been starting to feel the sorts of things that I associate with previous depressive episodes, and I am hoping that there might be some way I can stop it before it really becomes a problem again. [more inside]
posted by madelf on Jun 13, 2013 - 28 answers

Leave of Absence / Short-term Disability Insurance for Depression?

I've always been prone to depression as a result of my dysthymia and due to recent traumatic events, I've slumped into depression again. My work productivity and quality suffered as a result and I ended up breaking down to my manager, sobbing my eyes out and explaining my situation. I was even developing suicidal ideations and at this point, I've taken a little over a week off of work. In the mean time, I've seen a doctor, a psychiatrist, and a therapist for my depression and I've been prescribed Pristiq. Now, my question is in regards to requesting a leave of absence for my depression [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 13, 2013 - 7 answers

I Can't Get Over the Death of My Birdie. What do I do now?

My parrot Scooby died a week ago. I am still in a horrible state of mourning. My wife is over it. She keeps telling me to get over it too. YANMT. What can I do to move on? I loved Scooby so very much. I have to force myself to eat every day. I've been drinking a lot. I can't stop thinking about her and what she was like and did. I dream about her death every night. I think it's affecting my physical health.
posted by Splunge on Jun 12, 2013 - 47 answers

How to power through apathy? Or why even bother?

I have come down with a case of bad apathy. How do I find the energy/motivation/desire to even start to want to come out of it? [more inside]
posted by kanata on Jun 12, 2013 - 13 answers

My life is a mess, and I feel paralyzed to fix it. Suggestions?

My life is a mess right now, and I can't seem to start taking the steps I need to take to dig myself out of the hole I'm in. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 12, 2013 - 17 answers

Bipolar II and diet

"Curing" bipolar II through diet (specifically, by giving up sugar, alcohol and caffeine). Is this BS? [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Jun 10, 2013 - 21 answers

Date or wait?

I'm a man in his mid-twenties. I've never been in a relationship. I've never even taken anyone out on a date. I want to rectify this, but I think my mental health and my living situation prevent me from doing so. Should I even try to date? If not, what should I do? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 10, 2013 - 35 answers

How much tv is too much tv?

I'm sort of new to watching tv. But thanks to Roku and Amazon Prime, I'm all "whoooooa this is awesooommmmeee!"... for, like, an entire day. How do I know how much tv is 'normal', since I'm prone to being sedentary and depressed at times, and really can't tell? [more inside]
posted by ArgyleMarionette on Jun 8, 2013 - 21 answers

how to engage in self-care when responsibilities get in the way

I'm depressed, in a gruesome summer class, and feel like there just aren't enough hours in the day to handle both my responsibilities and my well-being. How do busy people balance these things? Why do we even bother with these pesky responsibilities that society imposes on us? [more inside]
posted by DayTripper on Jun 8, 2013 - 9 answers

Is dysthymia curable? What does that look like?

Please describe the experience of going from "usually slightly depressed" to "usually reasonably happy". [more inside]
posted by zeri on Jun 5, 2013 - 13 answers

I'm new to depression. Please help.

Yesterday I admitted aloud to my husband that I think I am suffering from depression. This came after a lengthy argument over something trivial. Lately I have been feeling very, very irritated at the littlest things, and I feel like I could tear the world apart. [more inside]
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith on Jun 4, 2013 - 39 answers

Apathy busters.

I am depressed -- not the sad miserable suicidal kind but the apathetic, heavy can't get out of bed kind. (I am unfortunately familiar with both.) [more inside]
posted by summer sock on Jun 2, 2013 - 20 answers

I'm not traumatized... Am I? (Sexual assault recovery)

I was sexually assaulted a few times and stalked/harrassed by an abusive, predatory and highly manipulative man who was in a position of trust to me. (We weren't in a relationship; he is nearly three times my age.) I am confused about where I should "be" or where I amin terms of getting over the events. Counselors and websites are quick to point out things like PTSD and rape trauma syndrome; they are suggesting things like EMDR and strongly hinting that I'm traumatized. I'm not convinced. Is it possible to actually be traumatized and not realize/recognize it? Is a "trauma response"... with panic attacks, flashbacks, and such... the only possible response to rape and harassment? Secondly: Is therapy always necessary to deal with this sort of thing? Or is it possible that I have/will get over it by myself? I don't want to pathologize myself. I don't want to create new problems for myself by going to therapy that I might not actually need. I wanted to ask metafilter because the counselors I speak to are obviously going to be somewhat biased in telling me that I am "traumatized". [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Jun 1, 2013 - 26 answers

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