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Neighbor is mentally ill and getting worse

I have a neighbor who is mentally ill and his condition is not improving. He leaves trash on our street and parks his car in front of my house with his trash inside. His house is unfit to live in and I don't know what we can do to help. I'm afraid to approach him 'cause it's progressed to him barking and talking to himself. We live in suburbia and I need resources that can help him.
posted by InterestedInKnowing on Aug 29, 2014 - 19 answers

How do I deal with profound emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion?

Whenever I have a particularly stressful or taxing day, I end up being profoundly exhausted for 2-3 days after. We're talking sleeping for 16 hours each day, walking around in a daze, feeling sick after eating, and just feeling unable to do anything I want or need to do. It's like I'm dealing with trauma, but surely this isn't a normal or even reasonable response to trauma, right? If you've dealt with this in the past or are dealing with it now, could you please share any solutions you've found that have worked for you? This has been going on since 2008 for me.
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Mar 2, 2014 - 18 answers

How cold is too cold?

Hi there Hivemind, at what temperature (fahrenheit, preferably) does it become unsafe for a person to spend the night in a car? [more inside]
posted by feistycakes on Feb 28, 2014 - 19 answers

Would it be ok to ask this person for a reference letter?

I haven't known him for that long. And am in a position of privilege [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Nov 23, 2013 - 17 answers

College student son depressed and unmotivated.

My 19 yr old son has decided to drop out of college after this semester to find himself. The problem is he is without a plan and I believe very depressed. He has been to a therapist in the past and has an appt to see the therapist next week. In the meantime he has called us sometimes crying and saying he doesn’t understand why he is in college. snowflake inside [more inside]
posted by lasamana on Oct 31, 2013 - 55 answers

How can I make my mother see she needs to see a psychologist?

Hi all, I don't live at home anymore, as I studied abroad, but frequently come home during holidays. During such return visit, and the ocassional visit by my family, I always get a good taste of my mother's uglier side. I dont want to diagnose her myself, but can say that her bipolar and control freakish behaviour is affecting the whole family (my father and brother) for as long as I can remember. I would dare to even describe it as abusive; minor problems like a dirty plate forgotten on a kitchen counter can escalate into agressive full blown shout out, and in general there were moments where I really had to remind myself that, whoa, this is my mother. [more inside]
posted by ahtlast93 on Aug 31, 2013 - 13 answers

Explaining disossociation

Disossociating is a frequent problem I experience and I sometimes need to ask friends to help ground me. How can I explain what happens to people with no experience with mental health? [more inside]
posted by kanata on Aug 25, 2013 - 15 answers

My #FOMO is acting up!

How can I gamify the tedious parts of my day? [more inside]
posted by fritillary on Jul 11, 2013 - 8 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

[Personality filter] She is driving me crazy!!!

Help me figure out what is going on with this person and feel some empathy. [more inside]
posted by Sophie1 on Feb 12, 2013 - 19 answers

Can a doctor diagnose someone with dementia just by looking at them?

My dad went to a doctor; the doctor told him, out of nowhere, he had early-onset dementia. What gives? [more inside]
posted by orangutan on Feb 8, 2013 - 16 answers

Brain Art Dance Thing Seeks Name

Help name this event: It's a day long event starting with an art show, leading into an evening of music and experiential art, and it's aim is to celebrate the creative works of those with mental illness. The higher goal is to destigmatize mental illness and educate attendees about the services available in the community. I like Revisionary Ball but someone else has claimed "Revisionary". Any ideas out there?
posted by Gusaroo on Feb 5, 2013 - 7 answers

Advice on dealing with feelings of loneliness and paranoia

I'm having a hard time dealing with feelings of profound loneliness and paranoia about the states of friendships which in turn affect my dreams and my moods (being a vivid dreamer) and I don't like the affect it has on my happiness. Is there any good literature or advice that you can give to help me conquer these feelings and appreciate what I have in my friends or branch out to finding others? Any communication advice to being clear with friends and alleviating my paranoia without insulting them or sounding weird? [more inside]
posted by Recca on Jan 22, 2013 - 6 answers

How do I get over my narcissistic parent?

My mother is a narcissist and I need help getting over her; please read? [more inside]
posted by inaisa on Jan 17, 2013 - 24 answers

The New Name That Blog!

I need help figuring out a name for my brand new personal blog. Snowflakey details to follow. [more inside]
posted by ronofthedead on Nov 2, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me deal with negative patterns of thinking.

Help me learn how to control my own mind. How do I stop thinking about things that I shouldn't be thinking about? [more inside]
posted by tokaidanshi on Jul 15, 2012 - 23 answers

How to help a traumatized friend?

Help me help a friend dealing with trauma/mental health/addiction issues in Georgia. [more inside]
posted by dortmunder on Apr 30, 2012 - 3 answers

Mental health support in Tokyo

Help me help a friend suffering severe depression in Tokyo. [more inside]
posted by harujion on Mar 21, 2012 - 3 answers

Will the cognitive problems associated with sepsis improve as the infection is treated?

Will the cognitive problems associated with severe sepsis improve as the sepsis itself is treated? [more inside]
posted by Jamesonian on Mar 5, 2012 - 9 answers

My brain is making up a new version of English.

My brain regularly replaces words. Cute or scary? [more inside]
posted by thrasher on Feb 22, 2012 - 40 answers

Taking on the responsibility of starting a career while dealing with severe mental health problems

I'm a lousy student about to graduate university, and I am interested in career opportunities which would allow me to help immigrants settle into their new lives (in Canada). My degree is in no way related to this, and I feel that mental health issues have severely diminished my mental abilities. Nonetheless, any help anyone can give me would be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by costanza on Dec 5, 2011 - 19 answers

History of Mental Institutions

I'm looking for a book about the de-institutionalization of mental hospitals in the US. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Oct 23, 2011 - 4 answers

Is Keppra the problem?

My nephew takes Keppra for his epilepsy but I feel the meds caused his severe lack of attention. He was a seemingly alert, outgoing kid before the meds and since he's taken them for 7 years, he's displayed off behavior and his coordination is like a baby's. Is this side effect unique to Keppra or does epilepsy sometimes cause certain learning disabilities?
posted by InterestedInKnowing on Jul 11, 2011 - 9 answers

Amazing dystopian animation needed. Thanks !

Dystopian short scifi animation film seen in the last year, about a man who is the last living member of dirty, trashy spaceship / plane that seems to have been abandonned a long time ago, and finds out that he is infected by the virus that killed his entire team. Then.. [more inside]
posted by Jireel on May 28, 2011 - 5 answers

Have found 'root' of my phobia, now how do I cure it?

I have found the root of (what is becoming a debilitating) phobia, now what do I do to get rid of phobia completely? [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams on May 24, 2011 - 16 answers

Do you have a sense of structure to your memories?

I seem to be losing the time structure of my memories. Is this a thing? [more inside]
posted by DangerIsMyMiddleName on May 9, 2011 - 31 answers

Loose current or what?

Hey fellow MeFites! I have a question about nerve activity in the body. I'm 19 years old and I was watching a newer 2003 series The Twilight Zone episode where a guy got struck by lightning and had tons of excess electricity going through his body. The doctors were able to release some of the electricity from his body through some medical device. [more inside]
posted by antgly on Dec 15, 2010 - 20 answers

Reliable online pharmacies with consults?

Looking for an online pharmacy that is not likely to sell sugar pills instead of real meds, and offers online consultations. [more inside]
posted by mccn on Oct 12, 2010 - 5 answers

Digging yourself out of a mental hole.

I'm in a hole, and I keep digging. I'm behind on numerous things, and I just bury my head until problems become unbearable. Help me pull some dirt into this hole (without me in it) and lay down some concrete so this doesn't happen again. [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on Aug 2, 2010 - 39 answers

Has Your Therapist Fallen Asleep during your session?

Has your therapist fallen asleep during your therapy session? [more inside]
posted by ChicagoTherapyConnection on May 24, 2010 - 41 answers

Name for a conference

I need help coming up with a name for a conference I'm hosting for mental health and social work professionals. [more inside]
posted by Palmcorder Yajna on Apr 5, 2010 - 5 answers

Have you taken back your mentally ill partner and wish you hadn't? Or wish you had?

Do you do this? How do I escape the pattern of going back to, because I can't resist helping, my (I think) mentally ill (or unstable/intense) husband. See, he's not all bad... Do you regret going back? Do you wish you had? [more inside]
posted by Toto_tot on Nov 25, 2009 - 42 answers

Harassed by my schizphrenic neighbor

My downstairs neighbor, who is most likely schizophrenic, has been harassing my wife and me. Our landlord seems unenthusiastic about evicting her, and we are unenthusiastic about moving ourselves. What legal options can I pursue? Does anyone in Chicago have personal experience with a (cheap!) lawyer they might recommend? [more inside]
posted by ztdavis on Jun 17, 2009 - 47 answers

Why do I obsess about this?

Obsessiveness Filter: I fixate on and plan obsessively about moving to new (specific) places, and I'd like to know why. Here's the situation: I have mild depression with anxiety and take medication for it which helps a lot. However, periodically I do something that I find odd and that I can't find specific references to in information about OCD, depression or anxiety. I pick a place that I might vaguely like to move to, and become obsessed with planning every detail about it. [more inside]
posted by supercoollady on Apr 28, 2009 - 21 answers

I say he's crazy; therefore, he must go through an evaluation.

Australian (and U.S.) Mental Health/Legal Filter. Can you just go and talk your GP into having someone put through a psychiatric evaluation? [more inside]
posted by metalheart on Feb 1, 2009 - 14 answers

We all go a little mad sometimes.

Were the mother and daughter subjects of the documentary "Grey Gardens" mentally ill? [more inside]
posted by greekphilosophy on Jan 12, 2009 - 16 answers

Tell me about tennis star Edward Fischer

I'm looking for information about early twentieth century tennis player Edward Fischer, who suffered a mental breakdown and ended up in Bellevue Hospital. [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Jan 3, 2009 - 7 answers

What's the name of this mental illness?

A couple of months ago, I read an article about a very rare illness primarily affecting men which caused them, among other things, to hurt themselves - sometimes quite seriously. Does anyone know the name of this disorder? [more inside]
posted by anonymous78 on Jun 5, 2008 - 17 answers

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