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This is NOT a Happy New Year kind of day.

I woke up today with strong feelings of fear, and I'm not sure exactly what's going on. I need help in getting a handle on them, figuring them out or otherwise learning how to deal because this is NOT how I wanted to start the new year. I'm also not sure if this is related to being sick, having surgery, and missing meds in the past 4 days. Please help!! [more inside]
posted by MultiFaceted on Jan 1, 2011 - 15 answers

How to stop an overblown but not totally irrational fear?

I am a grown-ass woman who is afraid of going to bed alone. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 22, 2010 - 27 answers

No longer want to have kids?

Did you always want kids and then at some point change your mind? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 14, 2010 - 28 answers

Is my mother in danger with her relationship?

Is my mother's boyfriend potentially dangerous and is there anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 10, 2010 - 14 answers

I can say I hope it will be worth what I give up

I'm looking for songs where the songwriter's courage of conviction is tested by fear of negative consequences. Know of any? [more inside]
posted by ultrabuff on Nov 22, 2010 - 7 answers

Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde

Is there a way to control my cat's occasional bouts of short term insanity? It only happens at my mom's house, and usually at night. [more inside]
posted by scrute on Nov 13, 2010 - 13 answers

It DOESN'T go to 11... How to overcome a fear of yelling?

How do I overcome my fear of being yelled at, and getting all disregulated when I do get yelled at? [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant on Nov 12, 2010 - 16 answers

I'm too old to be scared of intimacy!

How do I let people love me? Will I ever outgrow my fear of intimacy? I'm in my late 20s. I'm scared of intimacy. Don't get me wrong, I'm not scared of sex. Won't think twice about a threesome, but am startled by holding hands. If a guy wants to get to know me more, compliments me, or crosses the line from being sweet to me to being sweet on me, I get super flustered. I stutter or look at my feet. I run away. [more inside]
posted by jamaisvu on Nov 6, 2010 - 15 answers

Trying to finally get over distrust of women--Stood up.

I am tremendously distrustful of women. My therapist has encouraged me to try again. I got stood up. I'm not sure what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 3, 2010 - 33 answers

Hush, puppy!

We moved two weeks ago, and my dog is still in Super-Bark-Mode at everything that moves. How can I get her to chill out and be a happier dog? [more inside]
posted by actionpact on Oct 30, 2010 - 8 answers

Lasik surgery for a martial artist or prescription goggles?

Lasik surgery vs prescription sports goggles? [more inside]
posted by jvilter on Oct 13, 2010 - 23 answers

Moving to a new city without a safety net

I yearn to move to a new city, but feel overwhelmed and unsure of how to make it happen. [more inside]
posted by lucysparrow on Oct 1, 2010 - 27 answers

Jokes about Fear!

I'm doing a presentation about conquering fear (of public speaking). Do you know any good jokes on the general subject of fear? Particularly on how fears can paralyze us, or how irrational fears can be?
posted by storybored on Sep 30, 2010 - 11 answers

Fear of connection, fear of loss

Extreme fear of intimacy... how do you get over it? [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Sep 28, 2010 - 10 answers

No Suggestion Is Too Wacky

A very close family member is having scary surgery tomorrow. Me and my family members will be freaked out and bored at the same time in the waiting room for an extended period of time. Can you suggest some ways to amuse and distract ourselves? [more inside]
posted by pazazygeek on Sep 22, 2010 - 26 answers

50,000,000 Diabetics Can't Be Wrong

I need to go to the dentist. But, I have a phobia of injections. Not going isn't really an option, so what can I do? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Sep 12, 2010 - 45 answers

How do I get over my fear of sleeping alone?

How can I get over my fear of sleeping alone? [more inside]
posted by heartofglass on Sep 8, 2010 - 21 answers

Stopping the inner crazy

How do I stop worrying that history will repeat itself in regards to my relationship? [more inside]
posted by daysocks on Aug 21, 2010 - 16 answers

You don't know me?

I have a fear that people will perceive my intentions as the exact opposite of what they really are. I'm scared the people who I feel friendly towards will perceive me as hostile, rude, or uncaring. I worry that those I love the most will think I don't care. What the heck is my problem? And what can I do to straighten myself out? [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes on Aug 19, 2010 - 8 answers

How much Ativan to take

I took .5 mg of Ativan. What will happen if I take another .5? [more inside]
posted by Badmichelle on Aug 11, 2010 - 17 answers

just please don't tell me to calm down

Do I have to choose between thin+unhappy and fat+unhappy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 7, 2010 - 41 answers

Help me overcome my emetophobia

Have you "cured" an extreme phobia that you once had? How did you do it? [more inside]
posted by KogeLiz on Aug 4, 2010 - 22 answers

Fear in the doctor's office

How do I deal with the fear of a painful medical test that I'm having in two weeks? The pain will be intense but short in duration, under 5 minutes. It's a simple procedure, done in the doctor's office, and afterwards I'll be able to do my normal activities and probably won't have any lingering sensations or discomfort. And yet, I'm having trouble summoning up the courage to go through with this, to the point where I'm becoming paralyzed with the fear. I would appreciate suggestions or anecdotes about how you overcame medical fear to do something you knew you had to do. [more inside]
posted by daikon on Jul 29, 2010 - 48 answers

Can anybody else hear that?

Help me design a really frightening experience! [more inside]
posted by the latin mouse on Jul 29, 2010 - 31 answers

How to de-creepify a basement?

Are basements inherently creepy? Or is there some way I can make it so my kids don't fear our new basement? [more inside]
posted by bluedaisy on Jul 19, 2010 - 53 answers

Dog afraid of the backyard

Our dog has become traumatized by the recent fireworks (I'm in the US, obviously) and is afraid to go outside at night. Even when he is taken outside he doesn't do anything - this results in late night indoor poops. What can I do to get him going in the backyard again? [more inside]
posted by charred husk on Jul 6, 2010 - 16 answers

How can I stop the fear?

How to you keep your cool when there is a chance that you might die? [more inside]
posted by kuju on Jun 24, 2010 - 45 answers

Learning how to trust your immune system

How do you cure a hypochondriac? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 23, 2010 - 14 answers

How to own up to the past and be a good travel companion at the same time?

How to be mellow while traveling together with a friend I used to be very close to in college (but didn't date) and who I haven't seen for a long time? [more inside]
posted by wallawallasweet on Jun 19, 2010 - 10 answers

I dread my own fear and I fear my own dread. Help me stop.

My anxiety prevents me from going on dates, even when a girl might be interested in me. How do I get over this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 3, 2010 - 28 answers

Don't want to be a wimp anymore

Help me get better at doing stuff [more inside]
posted by lemur on May 12, 2010 - 14 answers

Handling High Stress Work Situations With Diplomacy

A psychological question about work -- How can I be zen and mature about a work reorganization? (I know this sounds like a boring work question, but it's really about how to get over fears of being left out or that other people are better than me.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 26, 2010 - 8 answers

Nazi punks #$%& off!

Aside from moving, what can I do about the prevalence of white supremacy in my community? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 26, 2010 - 25 answers

Help me move through this PLEASE

Insight, advice, perspective required for relationship dramas/attempt to become emotionally unstuck (longggggg) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 16, 2010 - 12 answers

Make this movie not scary for me anymore... please... oh please...

So I just watched a movie that has scared me and now I don't want to go to sleep because I think the aliens are going to abduct me. What do you do to get over the initial "OMG TERROR" reaction and irrational fearsfollowing seeing a scary movie? [more inside]
posted by gwenlister on Feb 18, 2010 - 42 answers

Scared of Living?

I'm not sure what to call this but there's something off with me and I don't know what it is. I've always had a hard time with my social relationships. [more inside]
posted by Garden on Feb 14, 2010 - 37 answers

Am I an emotional freak?

What have been your emotional experiences in long-distance relationships? Am I normal? I'm especially interested in hearing about your experiences with reunions. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 3, 2010 - 15 answers

How do I overcome my fear of supernatural and self-inflicted punishment?

How do I overcome my fear of supernatural and self-inflicted punishment? [more inside]
posted by Jazzwick on Jan 31, 2010 - 31 answers

Teaching to Distraction

I teach college. I have ADD. I have some kind of mental block against fully planning my courses. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 20, 2010 - 6 answers

How do you overcome fear of death when you have faced major medical problems?

I had a large non-cancerous tumor removed a few years ago. The tumor and the two surgeries required to remove it left me unable to work for a year and $50,000 in debt. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 19, 2009 - 5 answers

I am terrified of talking on the phone but my job responsibilities will require me to do so.

I have a near-pathological fear of talking to strangers on the phone. My expanded job duties will soon include calling clients. How do I get past this fear? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 17, 2009 - 27 answers

Please give me some advice on how to start my post university life!

How do I figure out what I can and/or should do after my undergraduate degree? [more inside]
posted by tumples on Nov 18, 2009 - 7 answers

Music brings out emotions in me, I need to disassociate these emotions

Certain songs bring out memories for me and that's normal. But sometimes, I hear a song that I listened to during a particularly bad time in my life and I'm afraid that I will re-live that time, or even more stupidly, that I will re-experience it. How do I stop doing this to myself? There's some great music out there that I'm withholding myself from. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 12, 2009 - 13 answers

Help. I'm a pansy.

This is so shameful. I haven't seen a dentist since 2005. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 6, 2009 - 45 answers

Is it okay to lie to your parents to avoid seeing them on the holidays?

How can I handle my feelings for my parents during this holiday season? [more inside]
posted by bananaskin on Nov 1, 2009 - 32 answers

Is she simply not attracted to me?

I've been with my current girlfriend for about 6 months. We are sexually active and have intercourse about 5 times per week (sometimes more frequently). However, throughout our relationship, my girlfriend has only touched my penis twice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 19, 2009 - 24 answers

I don't want to go, but I should. Help me find a dentist and help me get over my fear.

I'm scared of going to the dentist. How do I find one that will understand and how do I prepare myself for going to my first appointment in years? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 16, 2009 - 22 answers

sudden surgery

Sudden substernal thyroid surgery dealing with the now and the after. [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts on Oct 9, 2009 - 22 answers

What type of massage should I try... if any?

What type of massage should I try... if any? [more inside]
posted by cheapskatebay on Oct 1, 2009 - 15 answers

Adjusting my Sails

Do I give in to wanderlust? Or go back to school for a grad degree in Comp. Engr with an eye to robotics? [more inside]
posted by Rubbstone on Sep 30, 2009 - 10 answers

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