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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

    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

    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

    My mom is lonely and alone. Can I offer healthy support with boundaries?

    I recently posted my current situation here. I'm still struggling with a longstanding issue: My mom's undiagnosed (notwithstanding a brief stint on anti-depressants 15 years ago following her divorce) possible depression. About once or twice a year I find myself with her while she sobs uncontrollably and talks about how lonely and alone she feels as she ages. These are all valid feelings and fears, but everytime I bring up seeing a counsellor to help her get her life back on track, giver her tools to cope, filter out the negative energy in her life (such as her codependent relationship with her 29 y/o son), she refuses to admit there is a problem. [more inside]
    posted by stumblingthroughitall on Mar 31, 2015 - 12 answers

    Anxiety and Memory Loss? Foods that help memory loss for vegans?

    I seem to have acute anxiety lately, which is causing a cognition deficit for me. My memory is quite poor and lax these days - I'm not certain if it is due to my vegan diet, or my ongoing intensive anxiety? Are there any tips on how to improve my memory and stabilize my anxiety? [more inside]
    posted by RearWindow on Mar 10, 2015 - 17 answers

    How to cheer up an ill parent

    My dad's cancer has come back and he's lost a lot of energy in the last year. In the next few weeks, we and his doctors will be discussing treatment/chemo options. What can I do for him? [more inside]
    posted by myntu on Feb 21, 2014 - 12 answers

    What do I ask/tell my new doctor about my mental health?

    I don't know what help I need anymore, or even if I need help. I have a lifelong history of depression and the past two and half years, I've experienced more life stressors than normal. The original reasons I made the appointment was to a. get a new script for my anti-anxiety medication (which is also meant to help my depression), especially as I accidentally abruptly ceased it over 5 days ago, and b. a referral to a new psychiatrist to prescribe ADHD medication. [more inside]
    posted by b33j on Jan 27, 2014 - 2 answers

    What to tell gossips about my husbands psych admission

    My husband is spending some time in hospital to deal with his depression. This is a good thing and means he will be getting help. But I need help in framing how, and what, I tell different people. In particular gossipy people who ask what hospital he is in. [more inside]
    posted by t0astie on Oct 28, 2013 - 16 answers

    Could my ADHD diagnosis be wrong? Or be expanded?

    Hi. I'll try and cut a long story short, about 6 month ago I've been diagnosed with ADHD and now I'm doubting my diagnosis. (more down there, all sappy again) [more inside]
    posted by ahtlast93 on Apr 16, 2013 - 12 answers

    How can I deal with this "time off" in my life?

    Depression has upended my life and the people trying to help aren't really helping, what do I do? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Mar 7, 2013 - 19 answers

    Mind or body? What's up with these symptoms?

    YANMD, but what could be causing these bizarre health issues in a previously (fairly) healthy twenty-year-old female? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
    posted by sarahgrace on Nov 15, 2012 - 28 answers

    Online forums/support specific to health care professionals/students with major mental health diagnoses/problems?

    Are there online forums/communities for support for medical professionals/students with serious mental health diagnoses? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Jul 26, 2012 - 2 answers

    sick of being sick, how to keep my chin up?

    I'm sick and depressed and I don't know how to stop it [more inside]
    posted by lifethatihavenotlivedyet on Jul 20, 2012 - 5 answers

    How can I help myself when I don't deserve help?

    How do I help myself when I feel like I don't deserve it? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Apr 11, 2012 - 17 answers

    Should I mention I'm mentally ill on a graduate school statement of intent

    Should I mention my mental illness on my graduate school statement of intent? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2009 - 24 answers

    I'm not an attention seeker, I'm depressed

    Should I reveal my depression to my co-workers? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Jul 7, 2009 - 37 answers

    Supporting someone returning to work after depression

    How can I best support a staff member returning to work after a period off with depression? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Dec 30, 2008 - 8 answers

    Mental health and family

    Adult sibling with mental health problems living with parent. How to help from afar? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Jan 9, 2007 - 7 answers

    Help me help myself

    I've started to write this question a dozen times in the last year, but I always stopped before clicking the submit button because I'm afraid that the answer is that there is no answer. So, here goes nothing: How do I get therapy (or improve my situation) without money, friends, transportation, or any other useful resources? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on May 8, 2006 - 31 answers

    Finding a competent psychiatrist.

    How do I find a psychiatrist that doesn't suck? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Sep 30, 2005 - 15 answers

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