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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

I'm too old for this $#!&

My bedroom creeps me the #%^* out. What can I do to alleviate my (somewhat) irrational fears? (hacks, consumer products, etc.) [more inside]
posted by the NATURAL on Sep 30, 2009 - 47 answers

A ladder left behind

[FearFilter]: 15 years ago I experienced an imminent death/serious injury moment that turned out ok. However, I still feel physical chills and tingly feelings even thinking about it. Am I the only one or is this common? Thoughts and stories appreciated. The science is a huge bonus. [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1 on Sep 28, 2009 - 19 answers

Can a response be classified fear/anxiety if the expected physiological signs evoked by the stimulus are roughly the opposite of what you would expect?

Can a response be classified fear/anxiety if the expected physiological signs evoked by the stimulus are roughly the opposite of what you would expect? Or do some people's bodies respond to fear in this way? [more inside]
posted by adipocere on Sep 22, 2009 - 13 answers

Help a massive sissy get contact lenses

I'm a long-term glasses wearer who is going to try to make the leap to contacts. Problem: I have a really strong flinch reflex/phobia of things going into my eye. What to do about this? [more inside]
posted by paultopia on Sep 9, 2009 - 35 answers

Help me get over my fear of inadequateness in workplace

I'm having trouble adjusting to an environment where everyone around me seems to be leaps and bounds more advanced. [more inside]
posted by the_dude on Sep 9, 2009 - 20 answers

How do I combat my knee-jerk racist responses?

How do I combat my knee-jerk racist responses? Recently, I moved from an all-white area to a diverse neighborhood. I am having trouble dealing with my reaction to the many young black males who live in the area. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 28, 2009 - 46 answers

My friend's rant about Vancouver women are actually based on at least a sliver of fact?

Walking down an uncrowded/empty street, someone of the opposite sex walking towards you. 10+ paces away, they're usually, or may not (sunglasses, distance), be looking at you (sunglasses, distance), 10 paces away, they look away from your direction, between 1 and 2 paces away, they quickly look to see if you're looking at them... [more inside]
posted by porpoise on Aug 25, 2009 - 20 answers

Scared to death?

What is this story about someone literally scared to death? [more inside]
posted by ladypants on Aug 12, 2009 - 2 answers

How long to bounce back?

Meltdownfilter: after some traumas I finally fell apart and I'm scared about what, and how long it will take to recover. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 21, 2009 - 7 answers

Paging Julia Cameron!

Published writers, how did you deal with post-sale paralysis? [more inside]
posted by mynameisluka on Jul 11, 2009 - 15 answers

Sensible Caution or Fear Mongering?

Did you (your wife) eat peanuts while pregnant? Did you child develop an allergy as a result? [more inside]
posted by esereth on Jun 6, 2009 - 52 answers

I need direction and some more motivation in my life.

I am getting extremely anxious about applying to colleges as a transfer student and I need advice on how to deal with it. [more inside]
posted by mind2body on May 10, 2009 - 10 answers

My dog may need a shrink!

Our dog is suddenly afraid of something and won't leave our side... [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Smith on Apr 27, 2009 - 17 answers

Extreme procrastination

I'm in trouble because I try to ignore trouble. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 22, 2009 - 23 answers

How can I make her realize I'm not her ex-husband?

We're trying to get back together, but she has trust issues. How to overcome these? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 16, 2009 - 11 answers

Post-Robbery Anxiety

Robbed on the street in daylight - didn't get hurt, didn't lose much, but I'm worried about the anxiety and stress of the aftermath. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 13, 2009 - 19 answers

How can I help my 32-year-old sister conquer her intense fear of interacting with people?

How can I help my 32-year-old sister conquer her intense fear of interacting with people? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 3, 2009 - 9 answers

What the **** happened to all the lights?!?!?!

How do I rationalise the prospect of suddenly going completely (and permanently) blind? [more inside]
posted by parjanya on Apr 1, 2009 - 31 answers

Doronophobia?

Is there a name for the dislike of the anticipation felt on receiving or opening gifts? [more inside]
posted by Sova on Mar 5, 2009 - 21 answers

How do I stop being afraid of women?

How do I, a lesbian woman, get over my fear of women? Ever since I was little I have had trouble making friends with women and it cripples my dating and friendship options. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 2, 2009 - 24 answers

Do I have anything to freak out about, except freaking out itself?

Almost two weeks ago I suddenly started having strange feelings of lightheadedness, abnormal difficultly concentrating, a lack of coordination (feeling as though I might fall over or run in to things), and visual issues (difficulty focusing on distant objects, seemingly less aware of my periphery - though there are no noticable gaps in my visual field). I've had these, albeit with decreasing frequency and severity, since that time. I'm often very fearful during these episodes (which can last 4-5 hours at a time, the dizziness/lightheadedness sometimes all day), fearing permanent brain damage and having extreme feelings of derealization. I've come to the conclusion that at least some of these symptoms are due to panic attacks. Does that explain it all though? [more inside]
posted by elektrotechnicus on Feb 23, 2009 - 25 answers

How can I find a dentist who is good with terrified patients?

How can I find a dentist who is good with terrified patients? [more inside]
posted by photomusic86 on Feb 13, 2009 - 11 answers

insane in the membrane

How do I stop having 'bipolar' feelings of excitement and fear at the first stages of a relationship? [more inside]
posted by KateHasQuestions on Feb 12, 2009 - 9 answers

Fear of the future is paralyzing me

Discovered recently that my wife is expecting our second child - mixed feelings are overwhelming me - practical solutions? [more inside]
posted by numberstation on Feb 12, 2009 - 25 answers

More like I need widsom insertion, amirite?

Talk me down: Wisdom teeth removal and utter terror. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 9, 2009 - 81 answers

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