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emotional stress-induced amenorrhea

If you have dealt with emotional stress-induced hypothalamic amenorrhea, with emphasis on the emotional sort of stress (as opposed to physical / excessive exercise-induced), what did you do to ensure that you regularly got your period? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 4, 2016 - 4 answers

Successfully turn medical leave into layoff/buyout?

I am currently on medical leave from my job (in Ontario). I don't want to go back. How do I do that? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 18, 2016 - 7 answers

Concerns over stopping Wellbutrin treatment

Hello- I've been on it for the past 8.5 years, currently on generic version of 300XL. Started treatment to successfully help me recover major depressive/traumatic events which are now long past, and I don't want to be on meds forever. That being said, after all this time, I am reluctant to go through the weaning process. You are not my MD, and I understand that everyone's chemistry is different. I would really appreciate hearing about any experience of stopping this or similar anti-depressants, and any suggestions for coping and support. Thank you!
posted by eusebis_w_adorno on Jan 15, 2016 - 24 answers

keeping secrets without going bonkers

I have been entrusted with a handful of REAL BIG SECRETS lately, and it's wearing me down far more than I expected or was prepared for. I'm not very well-practiced at compartmentalization, apparently, but I can't un-know the things, so I gotta get good at it in a hurry. I'm looking at at least another 2-3 months, depending on when/if these things are brought out more into the open. How can I get better at this? [more inside]
posted by We put our faith in Blast Hardcheese on Jan 8, 2016 - 26 answers

Um. So, Do Normal People Get Pimples on Their Scalp?

I pretty much always have at least one hair follicle on my head that's all plugged up with dead skin or full of backed up sebum or just generally gross and disgusting. I know this because I have trichotillomania. How can I keep my scalp healthier (and therefore keep my compulsions under check)? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Jan 4, 2016 - 27 answers

Therapist recommendations in NYC

Hello all, Yet another therapist recommendation question. This time my own! [more inside]
posted by gehenna_lion on Dec 31, 2015 - 8 answers

Resources re Moving to Chapel Hill, NC

I am moving from near Blacksburg, VA to Chapel Hill, NC. I don’t have a certain timeframe, but sooner is better. I have asked questions about moving in the past when I was still figuring out a city, and I have similar questions now pertinent to Chapel Hill. I am especially seeking insight into housing, mental health services, and walkability. More inside. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Dec 30, 2015 - 6 answers

How do I keep my sanity and my job?

I think I’m losing it. I got hit by a stroke of good luck and a stroke of bad recently. I've recently made some career strides but they were accompanied by what appears to be a mental health crisis that jeopardizes my career. My family and S.O. are against me getting the treatment I feel I need to function – treatment that may be out of reach if I lose my job based on erratic behavior and a significant shift in impulse control and propriety. I feel like I’m between a rock and a hard place. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 29, 2015 - 19 answers

Do I need medication?

I was diagnosed with depression in 2012, after a really bad few months of daily crying and suicideal ideation. After several months of therapy, plus positive situational changes over the past couple of years, I am now pretty far away from those dark days. But I still get occasional episodes of inexplicable low mood when I, for example, cancel all commitments for the day and stay home in bed all day. What gives? Should I go back to therapy and/or go ask my doctor for medication and/or accept this as a dimension of who I am and manage around it? The moods feel physiological in origin, I can't put my finger on any thought or event that triggers them, and they happen about once every 2-3 months.
posted by anonymous on Dec 18, 2015 - 15 answers

My brain needs a hard reset

This is the weirdest, longest mental health setback I've had in years. I've been managing my ADHD, anxiety and depression 'like a pro' for quite some time until this past year. I've tried to overcome the setback using every approach in the book (so it would seem). It's not working. My hard-earned executive functioning skills have mostly disappeared. I think my brain needs a hard reset. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Dec 16, 2015 - 16 answers

It's a slightly uncomfortable day in the neighbourhood

There's a guy in my area who isn't fully connected with consensus reality, for whom it seems my presence is a bother in ways that are upsetting for both of us, I think. What's the best way for me to a) not set him off and b) go about my business more comfortably? [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock on Dec 13, 2015 - 26 answers

Graphs for the ignorant

I've been tracking my mood over the past seven weeks, giving it a score out of ten, along with some other information (e.g. amount of exercise, alcohol consumption, prescription drug usage). I want to find a way to put all this data into graph form. [more inside]
posted by tworedshoes on Nov 21, 2015 - 5 answers

Where can I read about this kind of dissociation?

Where can I read about dissociation in which the mind convinces someone that something was positive? I'm thinking about Hawkeye from the end of M*A*S*H* and the chicken as an example of what I mean. (trigger warning) [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Nov 20, 2015 - 11 answers

Fell into marketing... mid-life crisis a-go-go... how to escape?

Through a series of un/fortunate events, my CV is littered with copywriting, marketing and social media management experience. I set up my own business several years ago, doing all such things. On paper, I'm a marketeer. First problem? I can't stand it any longer. Second problem? Where do I start...? [more inside]
posted by doornoise on Nov 18, 2015 - 15 answers

So...I'm going on a medical leave...k bye! (runs away)

I am about to go on a medical leave from work because of some mental health issues. I feel ashamed and guilty, and I don't know how to tell my manager - email? Meeting (how could I not cry in a meeting)? What specific words and phrases can I use so that he won't know or guess the reason for my leave? What do I say, and how? [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Nov 17, 2015 - 18 answers

Finding the right psychiatric help in Memphis or Birmingham

A sibling of mine is in crisis. Possible bipolar disorder, definite prescription pill abuse, possible suicide risk. We need to find them help immediately. But my family being my family, there are some requirements that have to be met. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by shiu mai baby on Nov 11, 2015 - 11 answers

Depression Hospitalization Primer?

As my life unfolds, there is in the short term a growing likelihood I may need to seek residential treatment / hospitalization for major depression. I’m finding it very hard to do research, as most easily accessible search engine results appear (to me) to have been gamed or SEO’d, and what few respectable websites I do come across are barebones or tight-lipped. Perhaps this is because of a wider turn from institutionalization or residential treatment. But still I have questions, and I’d be grateful for any insight... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 30, 2015 - 10 answers

Best Practices for Depression

I'm on the upswing(fingers crossed) after a year-long bout with depression. Finally found the right combination of medication + therapy to help me get to a slightly better place. However, now that I finally have the energy to start improving myself, I'm at a loss of what to do. I'm looking for concrete life changes that I can make now that I have the motivation to better. Anything with scientific data attached is ideal, although anecdata is appreciated as well. [more inside]
posted by aleatorictelevision on Oct 27, 2015 - 8 answers

Feeling abandoned by the mental health care system

My therapist can't meet with me for the indefinite future, my psychiatrist quit, and I can't get an appointment with a new doctor. I am handling this badly. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 27, 2015 - 7 answers

Vitamin B breaking me out! HELP!

Vitamin B has really helped to improve my mental state, I don't want to stop taking it but it's breaking me out. Do you have any alternatives? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Oct 21, 2015 - 7 answers

What are some resources for understanding mental health medication?

I have some Interesting Brain Chemistry (tm)--some cocktail of ADHD, anxiety, depression, and sensory processing issues, and lately, I have been considering further medication. (Current stats on that: 5mg Adderall Rx, Ativan as needed.) However, I always hated the guess-and-check method in math, and I am finding that I do not like it any better when it comes to my mental health. To that end, I am wondering if anyone can recommend good, detailed resources on how mental health medication works. I know the basics of SSRIs, etc., but why does one work and another not? I know the answer is partly, "Molecules have different shapes! Some shapes fit better!" ...I would like more nuance. Please recommend resources? (And any expert thoughts are also welcome.) [more inside]
posted by Alex Haist on Oct 19, 2015 - 9 answers

So, I had a heart attack ...

Nine days ago I had a heart attack. A week ago I had two stents placed in my right coronary artery. Today I'm back at work. Whoa ... WTF just happened?? [more inside]
posted by jrchaplin on Oct 12, 2015 - 22 answers

Does a psychiatrist have the authority to send patient to hospital?

Daughter (here's her backstory) may be on the verge of a psychotic episode - definitely not taking meds as prescribed, e.g., too much of some, not enough of others. Her dad and I would like to see her return to the hospital to stabilize her meds and deal with issues that weren't dealt with during the past 3 (!) hospitalizations, but she does not want to go. [more inside]
posted by zombies puppet on Sep 24, 2015 - 6 answers

Mental Health & Law Resources Sacramento California

A friend's 30 year old son has been placed on a 72 hour psychiatric hold in Sacramento California. She is not questioning the validity or necessity of that--his history of mental illness is varied and documented. However, he is insistent she find him a lawyer and she asked me for help. [more inside]
posted by LeeloDallasMultiSocks on Sep 21, 2015 - 4 answers

What is it like to NOT be depressed?

Either versus being depressed, or not (what I'm saying is, I'm fine with answers from never-depressed people but also comparative answers from those who have gone through depressive periods and recovery). [more inside]
posted by hejrat on Sep 16, 2015 - 48 answers

Need Chicago-area psychiatrist or psychologist with BPD experience

This concerns my 26-yr-old daughter, who was released from the hospital 3 weeks ago Monday (here's that sorry story). She needs a psychiatrist for meds, and she wants to attend family therapy and also therapy for PTSD. The hospital recommended an outpatient program for Borderline Personality Disorder, but she's not interested—doesn't believe the label applies to her. For lack of a better word, I'm hoping to “sneak” in some extra therapy when setting up the sessions (sorta like I used to sneak vegetables into mac and cheese). [more inside]
posted by zombies puppet on Sep 11, 2015 - 8 answers

Relaxation tips for one with little time to relax

For me, 2015 is a year that I'm keen to see come to an end soon. I've been working stupidly long hours in a job I hate, and though I'm now changing jobs I won't — for financial reasons — be able to take any vacations before the end of the year. How can I go about getting some of my energy back whilst still working a 40-hour week. [more inside]
posted by six sided sock on Sep 1, 2015 - 12 answers

How can I make my life worth living for its own sake?

I want to make my life worth living for its own sake, but I've got some limitations that mean the standard advice on this topic doesn't work for me. Has anyone been in a similar situation, and managed to improve things? [more inside]
posted by RedRob on Aug 31, 2015 - 21 answers

Please help me help my daughter

Please tell me there is something we can do to prevent Daughter from being released from the hospital in her precarious mental state. I am literally afraid for her life. [more inside]
posted by zombies puppet on Aug 19, 2015 - 22 answers

Getting Mom On Board with In-Home Care

Recently my 62-year-old mom mom was hospitalized and committed due to—as best I can gather from a vague diagnosis—Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome (aka "wet brain") as a result of alcoholism, malnutrition and thiamine deficiency (Here's my previous question on this subject). Now she's home, but unable to live on her own—though she can't admit it. Help me convince her she needs in-home care. Details below. [more inside]
posted by straycatinthewildwest on Aug 17, 2015 - 9 answers

Autism spectrum resources

What resources are useful for adults with an autism spectrum disorder (Asperger Syndrome)? Looking for books and resources oriented toward self-help, with a particular focus on cognitive/linguistic and sensory issues, though resources on social issues are welcome too. [more inside]
posted by robot cat on Aug 13, 2015 - 4 answers

Moving on from past self-harm

I used to self harm a long time ago. The scars have faded to flat, silvery marks, though they're visible. In dark moments, my brain uses them as a stick to beat me with. How do I come to terms with them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 1, 2015 - 15 answers

What can I expect from my first visit to a mental health support group?

My therapist has suggested I try out visiting a local bipolar support group, and I'm curious, but I'm also very nervous. There's a meting this Monday and I'm considering going, but I can't decide. I suspect that knowing what kinds of things I might be able to expect would help with anxiety around the unknown. [more inside]
posted by terretu on Jul 25, 2015 - 3 answers

Should I switch therapists?

I'm trying to figure out, a few sessions into therapy, whether my feelings of initial apathy, now verging on annoyance, are a reason to consider looking for a new therapist or not. Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by mister pointy on Jul 23, 2015 - 8 answers

a big ole bag of confusion, a possible engagement, and me

When faced with sexual confusion, mental health struggles, and a possible engagement, what is a guy to do? [more inside]
posted by MyBeautifulThrowaway on Jul 8, 2015 - 27 answers

Therapist Recommendation in Somerville or Cambridge

Could you recommend a therapist in the Somerville/Cambridge area who takes Cigna? [more inside]
posted by Polyhymnia on Jul 7, 2015 - 3 answers

How can I feel comfortable with my psychiatrist again?

My psychiatrist lost his temper with me on the phone yesterday and said a lot of hurtful things. I must have deserved them, but I feel terrible. I have an appointment with him tomorrow (7/2) at 8am EST I need help figuring out how to keep my cool and understand how to be both a better patient and a better person. I apologize in advance for how incredibly long this is, and thanks in advance for those of you who read it. [more inside]
posted by timory on Jul 1, 2015 - 55 answers

Good psychiatric hospitals in NYC?

A friend in New York City is in crisis and I think needs to go to a psychriatric hospital. The one they've been to previously has since closed and they are reluctant to go to a place they know nothing about. I'm in Florida so I'm no help with this. Can any of you recommend which hospitals in Manhattan should be considered - or as importantly, avoided?
posted by cmyk on Jun 29, 2015 - 14 answers

Early 30s and my life is a mess. How do I clean things up?

I grew up in a bizarre, cult-like family that screwed up my development as a person. So in a lot of ways I'm way behind other people in basic life skills. After four years of hard, painful work I've finally been able to untwist the knots that were tied up in my brain. How do I get the mess I have here under control? [more inside]
posted by gehenna_lion on Jun 21, 2015 - 24 answers

Indigent living and mental health support in Waco, TX

A series of events that I don't want to get into in detail has my sister living in Waco, TX without a job and without much social support and in need of mental health care. Does anyone know of any specific resources there that she can use? [more inside]
posted by hippybear on Jun 21, 2015 - 3 answers

Psychiatrist recommendations for anxiety in Atlanta

Does anyone have any personal recommendations for a good psychiatrist for long term anxiety treatment (think: SSRIs) in the Atlanta area? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 5, 2015 - 1 answer

I would like to stop feeling and living like this.

How does a constant hypochondriac and anxiety sufferer just live and feel like a regular person? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 21, 2015 - 18 answers

Tell me about your post-work rituals.

I'd like to develop a post-work habit or ritual for as soon as I arrive home. Something that will send a signal to my brain that "work is over, and now you're home." What habits, rituals or environmental changes have worked well for you?
posted by nightrecordings on May 20, 2015 - 39 answers

WANTED: Kick-Ass Team of Therapy Professionals/Superheroes/Spirit Guides

Know of any good therapists in the Philadelphia area? [more inside]
posted by ourt on May 7, 2015 - 4 answers

How do I know?

I asked this question a handful of months ago. Now I need help figuring out when it's mania, and when it's confidence and feeling well and in a good mood. [more inside]
posted by The Almighty Mommy Goddess on Apr 27, 2015 - 3 answers

Managing side effects of med swap

Swapping head drugs from escitalopram (Lexapro) to desvenlafexine (Pristiq). Side effects are not being kind, but from my research so far it seems the medical opinion is: totes normal, suck it up sunshine. I would like to be able to cope with daily life during the adjustment period a bit better than I am at the moment and am hoping you guys might have some practical suggestions. Details within. And yes, I completely know you are not my doctor or other mental health professional. [more inside]
posted by Athanassiel on Apr 26, 2015 - 7 answers

The unknowable likelihood that my husband will have a psychotic relapse

How can I get over this constant fear and worry that my husband will have another psychotic episode or turn out to have schizophrenia? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 24, 2015 - 21 answers

Job guidance and how to keep spirits up after 5 months of unemployment.

I was let go from my job last November and having trouble securing work. After brief winter period, I've had phone screenings and in person interviews but still have not received any offers. I've reached out recruiters, employers, friends and family. The results aren't fruitless, but kind of grape-sized. It feels like I am trying to get myself out of a hole by digging. My friend is getting married on my birthday in August and I'd like not be unemployed at the time or unable to afford to go. (Further details and actual questions inside) [more inside]
posted by queeroid on Apr 19, 2015 - 4 answers

Mental health filter

Advice for helping a friend suffering from a first time paranoid/delusional episode? [more inside]
posted by neat graffitist on Apr 16, 2015 - 5 answers

Help, I've got a type-I hypersensitivity to studying

I've been studying full-time (and then some) for board exams. I am enjoying this study period and I think my schedule is pretty balanced and healthy, but the rest of my body doesn't agree. I'm breaking out in hives and feel like I'm an overall inflammed state (think general urticaria, hives, ulcers, 熱氣). Help me push through these next few weeks. [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Apr 11, 2015 - 16 answers

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