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Mental Illness Success Stories

Can anyone share stories of people who have been successful/achieved their dreams despite mental health issues? Books, articles, any other media or personal stories would be welcome.
posted by cosmic owl on Dec 1, 2016 - 31 answers

The Post Nasal Drip Blues

YANMD. Every year without fail, by late fall/early winter, I develop post nasal drip. It quickly leads to a sore throat and then weeks of laryngitis. Prescription and OTC drugs aren't helping. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Nov 25, 2016 - 17 answers

How to help a healthy toddler cope when their sibling has cancer?

Asking for a friend. Twin 2 year olds. One was just diagnosed with leukemia and started chemo yesterday. Their twin is traumatized and feels neglected. Experience with this or a similar situation with young siblings? How to help? [more inside]
posted by anya32 on Nov 12, 2016 - 5 answers

Story of a Crying Woman

Hi there, there's this story I'm looking for the source of. It describes a woman who when her husband leaves in the morning cries all day until he comes back home. The analysis of the story is that she is afraid of the freedom of being alone all day and being able to do what she wants. The story's a device for psychology I think possibly Freud. Cheers!
posted by CyborgHag on Nov 9, 2016 - 3 answers

Numb after depression - cause, name for it?

Can long-term depression cause numbness? Is there a word for this? [more inside]
posted by maiamaia on Nov 6, 2016 - 15 answers

Tell me about treating hand, foot and mouth disease

Pretty sure my young kids are coming down with hand, foot and mouth. Please share your advice for treatment and prevention from reoccurrences. [more inside]
posted by areaperson on Nov 2, 2016 - 14 answers

Determining if Correspondent is Munchausen by Internet or Authentic?

I suspect a long-time e-mail correspondent of mine may be faking her illnesses and traumatic events, i.e., Munchausen by Internet. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 26, 2016 - 17 answers

If I were going to die next week...I'd________________.

I have a terminal illness, a husband, 2 children (boys, ages 8 and 14), and a very risky surgery scheduled next week...what affairs should I make a priority? [more inside]
posted by Amalie-Suzette on Oct 14, 2016 - 61 answers

This merry-go-round sure is fun but I'd like to get off now.

Well, I have a few really awesome problems that I would completely recommend to anyone. I would suggest you try any of, or especially the full combination of, the following:
  • Chronic illness
  • No social network
  • Mental illness
  • Geographic dislocation
  • My question: how do I build a decent life? Or start in that direction, in a stable way that won't fall apart in a light breeze. Again. [more inside]
    posted by bizarrenacle on Oct 9, 2016 - 8 answers

    MIL is sick and won't let FIL leave her side

    I am looking for suggestions on how to help. My husband's family seems to be stuck in a pattern. His parents are older and his mother's anxiety is so bad that she can't be left alone for a minute. [more inside]
    posted by crunchy_cereals on Sep 20, 2016 - 14 answers

    My Colds Are Worse Than Your Colds

    Why do I get such severe colds and is there anything I can do to relieve my symptoms when I get one? [more inside]
    posted by toby_ann on Sep 18, 2016 - 21 answers

    New friend who is obsessed with her health issue

    New friend is obsessed with her rare health issue. I need to set some boundaries for discussions around this. Special snowflake details below :) [more inside]
    posted by JoannaC on Aug 28, 2016 - 18 answers

    Advice on stem cell therapy for Multiple Sclerosis at Russian clinic

    A family member who has recently been diagnosed with Primary Progressive MS is interested in Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy at a specific clinic in Moscow. Can you advise me about whether this is a good idea? [more inside]
    posted by paduasoy on Aug 17, 2016 - 19 answers

    A stomach bug from being cold?

    Can being cold (as in the opposite of hot) cause stomach flu symptoms, as Eastern folklore claims? If not, why am I suddenly suffering from it? [more inside]
    posted by serelliya on Jul 19, 2016 - 13 answers

    Not Lyme... Not Mono... Apparently not meningitis...

    16 year old son. He had an ear infection with antibiotics... he had an upper respiratory infection with antibiotics. Now strange symptoms... more after the jump... [more inside]
    posted by brownrd on Jul 18, 2016 - 19 answers

    What to ask a consultant about Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis

    A family member has been diagnosed with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. He has an appointment to see a second consultant for confirmation of the diagnosis, and wants to use this as an opportunity to find out as much helpful information as possible. We understand that there is currently no effective treatment for Primary Progressive MS. What should he ask the consultant in order to get the most out of this appointment? We are in the UK. Many thanks.
    posted by paduasoy on Jul 8, 2016 - 4 answers

    Surviving pain, physical and psychological

    I'm in a shitty life situation I have no control over and cannot escape. I am also dealing with the flare up (obviously stress related) of a chronic illness. I wake up crying from stress, can barely keep food down, and shuffle through each day trying to get to go back to bed and be unconscious for a while. I don't know how to cope with this pain. [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Jun 1, 2016 - 12 answers

    I want to make my wife feel better somehow

    My wife's fairly down right now. How can I perk her up? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on May 10, 2016 - 22 answers

    unhive me

    After 20 something years of never getting hives, I've now had three temporary attacks of hives in the past three or four months. Could you help me work out what is going on? Many details inside. [more inside]
    posted by kinddieserzeit on May 1, 2016 - 9 answers

    Health care proxy has been invoked. What power does this give me?

    My elderly and mentally ill aunt appointed me as her health care proxy and it has been invoked. I'm specifically interested in what rights I now have in regards to her living situation. [more inside]
    posted by Sal and Richard on Apr 25, 2016 - 4 answers

    Should I bother trying to find a submissive partner while I'm poor?

    Should I bother trying to find a submissive partner while I'm poor? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Apr 15, 2016 - 8 answers

    Hope Calibration

    I'm a glass half empty to avoid disappointment type girl. How do I evaluate/survive hopeful news? [more inside]
    posted by skrozidile on Mar 1, 2016 - 5 answers

    Mom is mentally ill. And dying.

    My mother is mentally ill. I went "no contact" seven years ago to protect myself and those in my life. I have received word that she is dying of terminal cancer. How can I know more about her condition so that I can see her at the end, but not until the end? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Feb 29, 2016 - 41 answers

    What medical treatment might unintentionally disprove paternity?

    Fictional scenario: Jim has a life threatening illness. There is a possible (perhaps experimental) treatment - or a diagnostic tool or whatever - which would involve his adult children (donating tissue or an organ?). Jim refuses it, because he is worried that his children would as a result find out that he is not their biological father. What could the medical McGuffin in this story be? [more inside]
    posted by sively on Feb 22, 2016 - 21 answers

    Preserving the stability I've worked so hard to achieve

    After being diagnosed with bipolar II, my partner and I accidentally built my coping strategies around my total emotional reliance on him. Now that I have my career on track and have moved into what was to be "our home," I feel my stability at risk as it truly sinks in that he is exiting the relationship, but wants to remain as friends and a support system. How can I process this grief without compromising my stability? [more inside]
    posted by asmith30 on Feb 17, 2016 - 19 answers

    Supporting a seriously ill loved one without being intrusive or grim

    My favorite cousin is in a pretty serious health battle. She's vitally important to me, to my wife, and to my kid (her godson). We've always seen her at least monthly and called her every week or so. But now she's going through the fight of her life and she's not even always telling us when she's been hospitalized or is otherwise struggling. We want to find a way to step up our support for her without being intrusive or making any grim assumptions about her prognosis. How do we do that? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Feb 4, 2016 - 12 answers

    How much do I tip for valet parking at a hospital?

    Basically what it says on the tin. What I can find on Google is all about how much to tip for FREE valet parking at a hospital in the US. But the hospital we're going to has paid valet parking, not free. How much do we tip? [more inside]
    posted by kythuen on Jan 18, 2016 - 8 answers

    How do I care for someone with cancer?

    My SO has a large tumour we're expecting to learn is cancer. Chances of it being benign are small. Assuming surgery/chemo - how do I care for him, both physically and emotionally? We also have a 1yr old - how might he be impacted? What can I do to prepare for treatment? How can I prepare our home? I have never dealt with a major illness before. Thank you
    posted by scuza on Jan 15, 2016 - 6 answers

    How do self-employed people manage sickness with their workload?

    I've worked for myself (consultant; home office) for the last two years and I'm still trying to figure out how to deal with illness. If I don't work, I don't get paid, but if I don't take a break, I won't get better. I struggle to figure out what is "coddling myself" and what is restorative rest -- and how to ease back into the routine when I'm on the mend but not at 100%. If you're self-employed, what do you do when you're sick? [more inside]
    posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on Jan 5, 2016 - 15 answers

    Recovering emotionally from an ill child in the hospital

    My 15 month old was seriously ill and admitted to the hospital through the ER. I am having trouble breathing through the anxiety and fear. Do you have any experience/advice beyond or in addition to therapy? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Jan 5, 2016 - 14 answers

    YANMD what could be going on here?

    I have health insurance and a doctor but it’s been almost a year without figuring out the problem. I am not sure what else to do at this point. Long description of symptoms and tests below. I have been having intermittent episodes of lightheadedness. That is I feel weak and like I need to sit down (It’s not dizziness, the room is not spinning). It comes sometimes with nausea and seems to be aggravated by other things that make me feel ill - being too warm and being in stuffy spaces definitely can bring it on, being sleep deprived. It sometimes is accompanied by a pang around my stomach on the left. It makes me feel hot and ill and tired. [more inside]
    posted by puppetspuppetspuppets on Dec 8, 2015 - 18 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

    Characters who incidentally have an illness or disability?

    Can anybody give me some examples of characters in film, television, or literature who incidentally have an illness or disability (i.e., their illness or disability does not somehow become a central plot device)? [more inside]
    posted by gemutlichkeit on Nov 17, 2015 - 69 answers

    Freezer meals for moderately disabled and very busy family

    I'm going to be cooking and freezing large quantities of meals for two family members (same household) who are undergoing medical difficulties. Suggestions needed! [more inside]
    posted by cooker girl on Nov 14, 2015 - 22 answers

    I know, I know, it's cereus

    Is there somehow less of a problem with Bacillus cereus in Japanese rice? I often see remarks like this one about not refrigerating onigiri, and about leaving rice in the rice cooker for hours if not days and continuing to eat it. The worst food poisoning I have ever had was from B. cereus, so I am hypersensitive to rice preparation and storage. [more inside]
    posted by fiercecupcake on Nov 2, 2015 - 17 answers

    When do you know it's time to take a sick day?

    I'm taking my first sick day in a long time, after my boss told me to go home from a meeting because I had actually lost my voice. I'm not good at knowing when feeling crappy merits taking a sick day and when it merits just sucking it up and hauling yourself in to work, especially if you have meetings planned or are supposed to be teaching a group. How do you decide that the level of sick you're feeling is sick enough to require calling in?
    posted by sciatrix on Oct 28, 2015 - 43 answers

    Forgot to take celexa for 2 days - what can I now?

    I'm on 20mg day of citalopram/celexa for generalised anxiety. I stupidly forgot to take it over the weekend. Have found it and taken today's dose but can already feel withdrawal anxiety amping up. Is there anything I can do to make this less painful until it gets back into my system? I work from home so suffer from loneliness and lack of distractions, though I have meetings with a nice colleague tomorrow. I also have a legal appointment on Thursday that is making me very anxious.
    posted by anonymous on Oct 26, 2015 - 5 answers

    Uncertainty of Death (Perspective of a Friend)

    My good friend is in the hospital across the country. She is my age (mid-20s) and has a ton of potential. Because of school and money I only have one chance to fly out, so I won't be visiting her (she is also heavily sedated anyways). There is an at least 50% chance she will die of this (though that is an older number and it has likely gotten worse since then). I'm looking for quotes, poems, prayers, or stories not for her, but for her friends, to help deal with this uncertainty and stress. [more inside]
    posted by obviousresistance on Oct 15, 2015 - 12 answers

    Supporting boyfriend through mom's (terminal?) illness and the holidays

    I've been dating a great guy for a few months now. About a month in he told me that his mom was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor 8 months before we met. His mom has done radiation and was seeming to get better in the last few months. He was making plans for me to meet his family for the first time on Thanksgiving. He just found out his mother has taken a turn for the worse (she's having difficulty walking), and I'd like to know: 1) how I can support him and 2) how to navigate meeting his family during this difficult time. [more inside]
    posted by lafemma on Sep 29, 2015 - 11 answers

    Mysterious dog injury/illness

    My dog's medical history has our vet stumped. Very low platelet count, lethargy, bad limping on one hind leg - two similar but not identical incidents 6 months apart. Maybe you can help? [more inside]
    posted by cloverthistle on Sep 27, 2015 - 13 answers

    Why do I always get sick before I travel on vacation?

    I'm due to fly overseas on vacation next week for the first time in five years. There is a bunch of stress surrounding it: I have to finish a bunch of work before leaving, it's the first time I'm vacationing internationally since my divorce nearly three years ago, etc. And, since yesterday, I've been getting post-nasal drip, sore throat, chills, etc. [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Sep 10, 2015 - 5 answers

    What was your Crohn's onset like?

    I have been wondering if I have Crohn's disease. I want to get evaluated by a doctor, but I would like to hear about your experiences of onset and diagnosis to see if I'm on the right track with this. [more inside]
    posted by lilpinksockpuppet on Sep 5, 2015 - 12 answers

    Resources for sick senior mom in Portland

    My mom got sick to the point she was hospitalized for two days, pretty much vomiting up her stomach lining. Now she's home, she's lost her discharge instructions, and has a significant loss of balance so she tottering up and down flights up stairs with extreme risk, almost collapsing in the store when she goes to get groceries. She needs a visiting nurse service, something. [more inside]
    posted by angrycat on Aug 30, 2015 - 10 answers

    Hey illness, please give me my partner back

    Need help handling growing apart from your partner when chronic illness has eliminated everything you had in common. If the relationship is deteriorating, when and how should you keep it alive? [more inside]
    posted by internet of pillows on Aug 17, 2015 - 31 answers

    How to DTMFA....when they are disabled

    How to end a relationship with a partner who is physically dependent on you? How to deal with the guilt? [more inside]
    posted by yawper on Jul 31, 2015 - 20 answers

    Mourning the loss of a loved one as you knew them?

    My dad had a massive stroke in January. He has made remarkable strides, but he will likely never be the same as he was. How do I learn not to be sad about this? [more inside]
    posted by anotheraccount on Jul 8, 2015 - 22 answers

    I ate cheesecake and now I'm sick.

    Generally I can have cheese and yogurt in small amounts but not milk and cream, and I've had cheesecake in the recent past even after I became lactose intolerant to the aforementioned. I still feel terrible after 24 hrs. Do I have to seek medical attention? [more inside]
    posted by one teak forest on Jul 5, 2015 - 17 answers

    Tall driver, sick driver, green driver: what car should we buy?

    After ten years it's time to retire my Ford F150 King Cab pickup. I'd like to buy something more environmentally kind. Complications: sharing this vehicle between myself and my 6'2" (still growing?) teen driver. AND need to accommodate my chronic illness. Energy(and time) nearly sapped. What should I testdrive? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
    posted by theplotchickens on Jul 2, 2015 - 9 answers

    Suggestions for gentle exercises after period of bed rest

    I need advice about very gentle exercises and reconditioning after a long period of bed rest. I have a heart condition and have been very inactive for years. Recently my heart problem got somewhat better. Now I can do very light exercises. But even very gentle exercise can be a problem for me. I need advice about reconditioning safely. Also I would like suggestions for websites, books or other resources for people recovering after long periods of bed rest who are severely deconditioned. [more inside]
    posted by Cinnamon Bear on Jun 30, 2015 - 15 answers

    parents hated my boyfriend, but love my sister's boyfriend

    My parents didn't accept my boyfriend for about six of the seven years that we've been dating due to his physical disability. Now my younger sister has a new boyfriend whom my parents wholly and happily accept, and as childish as this is, this is bringing up all sorts of unpleasant feelings. [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Jun 29, 2015 - 9 answers

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