In the wake of Whitney Houston's death, I find myself thinking about the grotesque confluence of celebrity, addiction, mental illness and (frequently but not necessarily) death. I'd like to understand it better. Who has explored this thoughtfully, whether in essay, book, film, television, whatever?
I have a dear old friend who lives on the other side of the country. He has a history of moderate paranoia/schizophrenia, and he was incarcerated for about a year as the result of an episode of illness. He's disconnected his phone, and I'm trying to figure out how to get in contact with him. [more inside]
I need to bludgeon my anxiety to death in the most peaceful way possible. Many people recommend meditation. For me, attempting to meditate has been a miserable experience... a sad exercise in white-knuckled denial. Just thinking about it fills me with dread. I know this isn't the way it's supposed to go. I need something more than "sit quietly and allow your thoughts to pass by like clouds". I need the step-by-step, couch-to-5k edition of mental calmness and focus. Help me out, mefi. Give it to me straight, detailed, specific, and with absolute minimum of woo... the mental focus fitness program for someone who can't even lift a metaphorical 1lb weight. Book/media recommendations welcome too. (I'm in therapy already, btw. It's been helpful, but we're not specifically focused on my anxiety at the moment.)
How can I battle depression and insomnia (I think they're related, actually) without meds or doctors? [more inside]
Schools or asylums that trained young girls in some sort of speciality skill only to later sell them off to rich men: did they really exist? Do they still? [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?
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]
I'm hoping people can give me recommendations for compelling personal accounts of mental illness online - do you know of any? [more inside]
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]
Is there a natural substitute for the benzodiazepines? [more inside]
How to find a therapist tailor-made for my snowflake issues? [more inside]
Need some life advice, I don't really know what I'm doing, I've failed so far miserably. [more inside]
Has someone violated my rights? [more inside]
I'm looking for a book about the de-institutionalization of mental hospitals in the US. [more inside]
At what age should children: a) No longer kiss their parents on the lips? b) No longer see their parents naked?
At what age should children: a) No longer kiss their parents on the lips? b) No longer see their parents naked? [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.
Metaintervention: My Mom tries to control everything at the cost of her health and personal relationships. Resistant to therapy. How can I persuade her to see things in a different, more reasonable light? [more inside]
physical health & mental health, 'secret' boyfriend, and my family... what do i do? [more inside]
What is the best advice you've ever received after a painful break-up? [more inside]
Mentally ill brother is getting worse...and worse...and worse. What are our options? [more inside]
How can I support my husband as he works through some issues? [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 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?
I need help identifying a name or category for this troubling mental health symptom so that appropriate kinds of therapy may be sought.(Not me, thankfully.) [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]
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]
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]
I seem to be losing the time structure of my memories. Is this a thing? [more inside]
What can I do to get through having to sit 12 hours for ten days doing nothing? Nothing! [more inside]
Looking for conspiracy theory debunking in Japanese. My wife is starting to worry me. [more inside]
"Shield your mind..." I don't expect to be mentally attacked, but are there actual techniques to bar thoughts from your mind or fend them away? [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]
I'm offering an adult self esteem improvement group in my community. Need ideas for a great title, that would spark some interest while marketing it. Any ideas?
I'm getting worked up and freaked out about nothing, have you done this before, have any solutions? [more inside]
TL;DR My boyfriend has asked for psychiatric help, but he is unemployed and uninsured. I don't know where to look or where to start. [more inside]
Character & Fitness District Committee: How serious is this? [more inside]
Need help changing a worsening pattern of self-harm. [more inside]
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]
Is outing panic disorder academic suicide? [more inside]
I need warm words of wisdom. Anyone have tips on dealing with a loved one's manic depressive drug infused anger in real-time? [more inside]
I just quit my (bad) job and have no new job to go to. I know I need to be proactively seeking work but I'm suffering from confidence problems and bad personal circumstances and finding it difficult. Any tips or similar stories? [more inside]
Where can I find quality, affordable mental health care in San Diego? [more inside]
Looking for an online pharmacy that is not likely to sell sugar pills instead of real meds, and offers online consultations. [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 mother is suffering from dementia and interaction with her is becoming very difficult. Suggestions or advice please? [more inside]
I live and work in midtown Manhattan and was walking home from work today when I was stopped by a woman. I'd guess she was somewhere between 50 and 70 - yes, I'm terrible at estimating age. She was dressed well and conservatively. She told me I reminded her of someone she used to know, that she lived nearby, and wondered if I'd like to get lunch or dinner with her sometime later during the week. [more inside]