I recently started seeing someone that disclosed that he has a serious mental illness that needs a lot of medication to keep somewhat under control. I got freaked out and after giving it a few weeks of thought, broke it off. Did I over react? [more inside]
Is living overseas too risky for a person who has gone through a psychotic episode? Should I give up on the idea of going back to teaching overseas? [more inside]
For most of my adulthood, I've been unable to fully deal with normal things the way most people seem to be able to. I have a decent full time job, a nice home, and a great husband... really nothing major to complain about. But many things bother me to the point that it affects my daily life, and I want it to stop but I don't know how to make it. [more inside]
At the end of a project, regardless of how the rest of the world feels about it, I am almost always sad and angry at myself about how it went. Sometimes I imagine myself being punished for imperfections, e.g. by being attacked and beaten to death with pipes because of bugs in submitted code. Other times I project this unhappiness and anger onto other people, e.g. imagining that colleagues are disappointed in me, until they actually say outright that they are pleased with how something went. [more inside]
I am one of those adults who had to emotionally take care of myself throughout my life due to mediocre parenting. Mom and Dad weren't hugely abusive, but they didn't seem to give a fuck about my brother and I. I'm coming out of a month where I went off my meds and I think I had a hypomanic episode followed by a giant crash. While I am now back on my meds and working with my therapist and pdoc, I am craving someone in my life who would take care of me emotionally. Someone who would understand where I was coming from and why I feel the way I do. The thing is, I do live in reality and know that's not possible for the immediate foreseeable future, if ever. What can I do to self-soothe and give myself that pampered feeling? How do I find someone who gets me? [more inside]
Looking for advice on finding a suitable therapist for some issues I'm having and just for a long term self improvement. I have been putting it off, but finally am at a space where I'm ready to find a good long term therapist. About a year ago I met with a therapist a few times but we didn't "click" plus I couldn't afford it at the time. Things I want to work on: [more inside]
Seeking structured, regular activities for my son, an 18-year-old with disorganized-type schizophrenia who is freshly recovering from his second psychotic episode. We are in the Cambridge, Massachusetts area. Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
I have long-running case of depression and generalized anxiety disorder, with plenty of childhood triggers. I do see a therapist but due to the holiday schedule, I won't be seeing my therapist for a few weeks. I want to do some work by myself, because crying to sleep nearly every night is getting exhausting. I want my subconsciousness to chill out and be less triggered. I want tips, stories, and resources. Difficulty: I live with my parents, and I get triggered by them. [more inside]
My adult daughter was diagnosed very quickly by a psychiatrist with bi polar disorder. It isn't that I disagree, but unfortunately I'm concerned that she is showing signs of antisocial personality disorder....She cycles about every three months having at least 2-3 mini rage episodes a month. She told me today that she's scared because of thoughts she is having. She lives with me, as do her two amazing kids. Her ability to care for them on her own is out of the question in my opinion based on the fact that she has a pill addiction and has had 2 seizures over dosing. When things are bad she goes to the doctor, has good intentions, gets back on a "good" track when things are bad she is not capable of being a loving mother. [more inside]
Yesterday he used a handsaw to fell a mature, healthy 20 foot tall jacaranda in the middle of the back yard, because it was in his way. We don't own the house. How and when should we tell the owner? What is my husband's mental state and how do we cope, long term? [more inside]
I don't intend to volunteer this information but some job applications include mandatory questions specifically relating to 'disabilities', which include psychiatric disorders/mental illness. When a job application specifically asks, what's the best course of action? [more inside]
How do I explain the mental-health-related 2-yr gap on my resume? [more inside]
Depression has upended my life and the people trying to help aren't really helping, what do I do? [more inside]
Is it safe to admit to a new psychiatrist that I have tried some anti-anxiety drugs given to me by friends who were trying to help me out? [more inside]
How to convince someone who may be schizophrenic to seek help? [more inside]
What to include in a care package that I'm sending to my friend who has been committed to a psychiatric hospital?
My closest friend has been admitted to an excellent psychiatric hospital for about 90 days due to some major issues with her bi-polar disorder. Due to her noncompliant behavior & some comments that she has made, she is on restriction right now but I have been told that I can send her a care package & they will allow her to have it when they feel like she deserves privileges. I've looked all over the internet for some help on what is ok & not ok to send but I'm finding little information. Does anyone have suggestions on what someone in that situation would appreciate & what is allowed & not allowed per hospital regulations? I'm sending the obvious stuff like snacks (small, pre-packaged in cellophane), books, hard cover journals, pictures (no frames), socks, toiletries & a few other things to keep her busy. [more inside]
I am unemployed. My disorganization, lack of goals and mental illness (ADD first and foremost) is taking a toll on my job hunt, and life in general. Fellow ADD'ers, what do you do to cope/deal? Details inside. [more inside]
Getting a prescription cat... How to, should I, and can I? [more inside]
What to do about a mentally unstable brother who's taking advantage of my elderly mother? [more inside]
How do I protect my possibly developmentally-challenged brother in law who is intent on getting married to someone we barely know?
I need help in guiding my brother-in-law, who may be developmentally challenged, with some important life decisions. I am pretty much his only family contact, am at a bit of a loss, and not quite sure where to start; (slightly lengthy) details inside. [more inside]
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]
Looking for a relatable, compassionate, pill-free mental/emotional/marital health specialist in Seattle, for a spouse who hates doctors. Any recommendations (or advice in general)? Details inside. [more inside]
What things can I do in my head to entertain myself/learn something/pass time quicker? [more inside]
16 Year Old Son Has Been Diagnosed With Psychosis NOS/ADHD/ODD. It's been a year and still no reason for the psychosis. Counseling (among other things - see inside) hasn't worked so far, medication keeps him calm for a short time... we don't know what else to do! [more inside]
I have been having anxiety/panic attacks for the past 2 years. I am considering seeing a psychiatrist. What are the possible negative repercussions, professionally, insurance-wise, and other, of doing this? [more inside]
How do I help myself when I feel like I don't deserve it? [more inside]
Life/work-break destinations and activities for a person with a severe case of career burnout? Looking to take 6 weeks off. [more inside]
Is there anything illegal about being verbally abusive in a triggering way to someone with mental illness? [more inside]
I see a therapist on a regular basis. I have health insurance with a small copay for these visits. Some time ago, my therapist asked that I pay the difference between the fee they bill for (their full rate) and the negotiated rate that my health insurance pays to them. This increases my out-of-pocket costs dramatically. Is there something odd about this arrangement?
PDX Filter: Had a small meltdown last Friday and came home from work. Today I'm feeling completely detached from my job and I just want to get some help once and for all. What kind of mental health facilities can I call up today about getting in this afternoon? More snowflake-y stuff inside. [more inside]
How to find a therapist tailor-made for my snowflake issues? [more inside]
How do you deal with difficult family situations without imploding? [more inside]
A few months ago, I had a complete physical and emotional breakdown and actually went temporarily insane. I'm ok now. How do I begin to repair the relationships that suffered during this time? [more inside]
If I have an address in one city in the UK (in Wales), can I check myself into the psych ward of a hospital in another city (in England), or will I be transferred back to the first city? This is a situation I need to be sure on before I put myself in the way of possibly being sectioned.
Mentally ill brother is getting worse...and worse...and worse. What are our options? [more inside]
my low self esteem is hurting my relationship. I am in therapy, but need fast fixes/amelioration and ways to reduce the burden on my partner while I pursue longterm change. [more inside]
My number 1 may be suffering from psychotic break. What do I do here? [more inside]
MentalhealthFilter: dealing with the trial and error of meds, wondering if it's just me or if it's really a brain issue. [more inside]
How do I make sure that I will have a job to come back to after checking into a psychiatric hospital?
How do I make sure that I will have a job to come back to after checking into a psychiatric hospital? [more inside]
Character & Fitness District Committee: How serious is this? [more inside]
Need help changing a worsening pattern of self-harm. [more inside]
Is outing panic disorder academic suicide? [more inside]
Can you recommend a therapist in the Seattle area that works on a sliding scale and is good at helping people set goals? [more inside]
My daughter has been detained under Florida's Baker Act. A statement she made to a social worker was mis-interpreted, and she is being held against her will at a mental health facility. [more inside]
Is my husband mentally ill, or just an asshole? [more inside]
How can I best help a friend who appears to be suffering considerably from bipolar disorder? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a good mental health professional or clinic in the Denver area that works on a sliding scale? [more inside]
Help me not let depression make my life stand still? Or worse? [more inside]
I feel completely different mentally from 2 years ago. Help me reverse it (if possible). Kinda long...
I feel completely different mentally from 2 years ago. Help me reverse it (if possible). Kinda long... [more inside]
Parent with mental issues (in Maryland) at end of her rope... how do I help without enabling or having to provide long-term financial support? [more inside]
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