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Do I save my father, or save myself? Can/should I do both?

My father was going to use all of the money in our joint savings account on a business. The money was originally intended for me; I just survived a mental health crisis that almost killed me, resigned from my job, broke up with my SO, and am recovering at one of my sister's homes in a new state. So I seized what was left of it And? From what I can extrapolate from a relative, now homeless and too prideful to go get help. I don't know what to do. Snowflakey and complications inside. [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Nov 20, 2016 - 26 answers

Numb after depression - cause, name for it?

Can long-term depression cause numbness? Is there a word for this? [more inside]
posted by maiamaia on Nov 6, 2016 - 15 answers

How Do I Get My Mentally-Ill Mother Permanent Help?

The situation described in this question has gotten both better and worse. I'm stuck in yet another bind with regard to my mother, who has been hospitalized but cannot live by herself. They may release her on Monday to her home, where she has no supervision and is being evicted. I know that I shouldn't be the primary caregiver - I do not WANT to be the primary caregiver - but I am, and now I need to make sure that my mother has a safe place to unravel. More details within. [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Oct 29, 2016 - 10 answers

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

    This is ILLEGAL

    My borderline mom has become increasingly paranoid. How do I deal with this? [more inside]
    posted by anotheraccount on Sep 1, 2016 - 8 answers

    Prospects for Janitor with Mental Health Diagnosis

    I have a B.A. in Geography with honors but developed a mental illness following graduation. I am 31 years old and live in southern California. I have a therapist and psychiatrist and take medication. Unfortunately, I have not been able to make friends, have a steady significant other, or build a solid career since developing this diagnosis. I work as a janitor for a school district and volunteer at a mental health center. My question is: should I ever expect to have a full, complete, and "normal" life and career like other people? How do I maximize my opportunities in life and develop a rich and fulfilling existence despite the mental diagnosis that I carry around? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Aug 31, 2016 - 13 answers

    Disclosing mental illness in a new relationship

    I am mentally ill and dating someone new. When do you disclose mental illness in a new relationship and how do you do it? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Aug 3, 2016 - 7 answers

    How do you deal with shame around a mentally ill, aging parent?

    Who has lived with severe untreated mental illness in a very public way, for a lifetime, and has burned bridges with people left and right? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Jun 3, 2016 - 10 answers

    Smart, prickly hermit relative is delusional/psychotic and we're scared

    A family member (with a history of being psychiatrically unusual, at the very least) has an extreme, scary and violent delusion which is making her miserable and may cause harm to others. She is a smart, fiesty, aging hermit who lives alone, sees few people and resists medical care. Looking for resources about how to handle a situation like this. [more inside]
    posted by Cygnet on Apr 29, 2016 - 16 answers

    How do I help my paranoid, elderly mom in rapid mental decline?

    My elderly mom is experiencing a delusion that seems to be rapidly worsening. I am her only family and live 8 hours away. She will not see a doctor. What should I do? [more inside]
    posted by Locative on Mar 3, 2016 - 23 answers

    How much privacy do I owe my mentally ill sibling?

    My sibling suffers from serious mental illness. At what point, and in what circumstances, is it okay for me to reveal this to people? (Sorry, this is long.) [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Feb 5, 2016 - 25 answers

    writing and focusing tips for someone with cognitive complications

    I'm trying to finish my PhD thesis. I need help, tips, anything from methods for focusing for someone with probable cognitive issues related to Bipolar I disorder to ADHD or OCD behaviors, and reducing anxiety related to this so that I can function. I would appreciate any advice anyone could offer. [more inside]
    posted by suddenly, and without warning, on Feb 4, 2016 - 22 answers

    Would it be irresponsible of me to get a dog?

    As my AskMeFi history shows, I have significant mental and physical health challenges, but I am consumed by the idea of getting my own dog. MeFi, please help me decide. [more inside]
    posted by xyzzy on Jan 19, 2016 - 44 answers

    Online support forums for parents of mentally ill kids?

    I have a 15 year old with Bipolar Disorder and perhaps other disorders. We are currently dealing with school and legal issues due to his behaviors. I am heartbroken and need a place to talk to others who understand what I'm going through. I am going to check out a NAMI support group, but I was wondering if there are any good online forums to participate in. [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Dec 8, 2015 - 7 answers

    Anger management book for an older woman who throws tantrums?

    I'm currently taking care of an injured friend after she broke her back and sternum in a very bad car accident. She's severely mentally ill and throws screaming shitfits at least a dozen times a day. She acknowledges that this is a problem and thus I'm hopeful that she'd be receptive to reading a self-help book on the topic. [more inside]
    posted by Jacqueline on Nov 10, 2015 - 12 answers

    Advice for dating someone with clinical depression

    Most of the posts I found here were by posters suffering from depression themselves. I'm interested in those perspectives (what a partner can do to help) but primarily those of people who've been in relationships with a depressed person, but aren't depressed themselves. More specifics inside. [more inside]
    posted by ism on Nov 6, 2015 - 24 answers

    "I think its my brain, talking to me."

    My nine year old son recently told his teacher that he sometimes hears a voice talking to him. Now what? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Oct 30, 2015 - 19 answers

    How can I support parents supporting a depressed and anxious son?

    My teenage brother has been struggling with pretty severe anxiety and depression for the last ~9 months; while my parents are being (in my view) amazing caregivers for him, I think they're both suffering from a lack of self-care, optimism, and support. What resources can I point them to, and what can I do, to help them with this? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Sep 26, 2015 - 5 answers

    I want to do great things but my brain won't let me

    How do I develop more "grit" and push harder against life's challenges? Difficulty: OCD. [more inside]
    posted by MetaFilter World Peace on Sep 15, 2015 - 9 answers

    How to deal with feeling suddenly paranoid towards loved one?

    Turning into this guys wife. Married a year and a half. Been together for a total of 3 yrs. Prior to around a month ago I had no insecurity issues or paranoia towards my husband. This is the best relationship that I’ve ever been in and I feel so lucky to have met him. [more inside]
    posted by puppup on Aug 5, 2015 - 13 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

    Quandary involving a not-well friend

    Am in a bit of a situation involving a friend with a mental illness. Long details inside. [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Apr 23, 2015 - 10 answers

    What next in my quest to not have babies?

    If you have a mood disorder/other mental illness, and you are a person of childbearing age, what contraception do you find works best? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Mar 14, 2015 - 20 answers

    How to handle extended illness when your company has no leave policy?

    I wrote this question at the beginning of February about how bad my mental health had gotten. Since then, I went to the ER and was voluntarily hospitalized in an inpatient psych unit for a week - I just got out on Wednesday. Since then I've been in a partial hospitalization program, which may go on for another 2-4 weeks. My office has told me that they want me to do everything I need to do to take care of myself and get better, but the official policies are not backing that up. How do I manage my time off? [more inside]
    posted by Neely O'Hara on Mar 3, 2015 - 9 answers

    What kind of boundaries to set with my sister?

    I'm living with my mom and my sister. I am having serious issues with my sister, to the point where I'm not sure I can have a close relationship with her anymore. But we are living together, and I am trying to come up with emotional boundaries I can set so future conflicts with her can be avoided. [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Feb 4, 2015 - 13 answers

    Can mental health issues be serious even if you're not suicidal?

    This question in September was me, and months later I am still really struggling, even after a medication change. My quality of life is definitely being impacted, but I just cannot get past the thought that since I'm not suicidal, I'm not psychotic, I've never been hospitalized, I have a job, I maintain a home and hygiene, I have great relationships - all of this means that my mental illness must be pretty minor, all things considered. [more inside]
    posted by Neely O'Hara on Feb 1, 2015 - 27 answers

    First-time grandparent: What should I know?

    Going to Europe soon for 5 weeks to be with my daughter as she pops out her first child. Am excited for both of us. I want to be truly supportive of her but also practice self-care and set appropriate limits. Naturally, there are complications. See inside for snowflakes. [more inside]
    posted by Bella Donna on Jan 22, 2015 - 20 answers

    How to get semi-urgent psychiatric care in Los Angeles?

    Family member has just arrived in town and is expressing the need for psychiatric care. How to accomplish this quickly in Los Angeles? [more inside]
    posted by BlahLaLa on Jan 9, 2015 - 12 answers

    Red or orange hardcover darkly funny book about mental illness

    I saw a book on a "featured" table last winter in a bookstore, which enchanted me, but I don't remember any of the key features that would allow me to buy it; namely author or title. I remember that it was red or orange, hardcover, consisted (mostly) of illustrations, was darkly funny, was written by a British man (?) and contained cartoony scenarios ruminating on anxiety or depression. Any idea what the book was? I assume that it was a new publication around the end of 2013. I think the title had the word "Brain" in it. [more inside]
    posted by chesty_a_arthur on Dec 3, 2014 - 13 answers

    Looking for a service dog, or an almost service dog.

    My friend could really benefit from a service dog. Unfortunately the waitinglist in Ontario is around two years long. She doesn't need a full-service service dog, i.e. she doesn't need a fully trained seeing eye dog. Is there a breed and training school that would best help her? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Nov 17, 2014 - 11 answers

    Can I help an old, distant friend with apparent mental illness?

    An old friend now living in another state looked me up. At first they seemed to have been experiencing the aftereffects of significant but ordinary traumatic events in life. I now believe they are struggling with significant mental illness that they are in denial of. I don't know how I could help them or if it's even a good idea to try. [more inside]
    posted by Luke Skywalker on Nov 5, 2014 - 19 answers

    Gender Dysphoria or Schizophrenia or both? How to tell, what to do?

    Looking for information and support for family of a man grappling with (maybe) emerging schizophrenia and/or gender dysphoria. [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Sep 16, 2014 - 12 answers

    Coping with anxiety?

    I have a number of psychiatric diagnoses, mostly involving panic and anxiety, but also throwing in depression, OCD, and (perhaps) conversion disorder. Everything's acting up right now. Appointment with a psychiatrist isn't until late October. How do I cope until then? [more inside]
    posted by The Almighty Mommy Goddess on Sep 5, 2014 - 18 answers

    I want to go off psych meds but my family might not. Do I do it anyway?

    I made a promise to my family that I wouldn't make decisions about my treatment without them. I want alternative treatment. If they say no, do I still go? [more inside]
    posted by defmute on Aug 22, 2014 - 73 answers

    What is it like to "come out" about having experienced mental illness?

    I would like to hear stories from people who have "come out" about their lived experience of mental illness. What is it like to simply say, offhand, "Oh, yeah, I had depression" in the same way one might say, "Oh, yeah, I'm queer" - and have that be relatively common knowledge about you, rather than a private matter to be shared only with your closest confidants? How did you make the decision to be open and honest about your experience, and what were the benefits/pitfalls of doing so? Did you worry about professional ramifications down the line? How did it affect your sense of self? Do you ever wish you could un-disclose and stop being the "token crazy person"? I am particularly interested in hearing from people who have "come out" about their experience in order to assist others - for example, using your lived experience in a professional context to work in mental health promotion or peer support work.
    posted by embrangled on Aug 14, 2014 - 33 answers

    Daughter with mental illness moving out, practical advice?

    19 year old is moving out to a rented room this week. We live in a city where young adults typically live with family until marriage or 30s, and her four siblings (one older, three younger) live with us. The decision to ask her to move out if she escalated in breaking household rules (no drugs, porn, sex-work, hold down a job or school, don't abuse other family members) has been run past her psychiatrist and long-planned. She's excited to live on her own with no restrictions, we are terrified due to her long history of risky behavior and struggles with borderline personality disorder and PTSD from abuse. [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Jul 21, 2014 - 17 answers

    Avoiding postpartum mental illness?

    What can I do to minimize my risk of postpartum mental illness? If I can't completely prevent it, I'd at least like to catch and treat it as early as possible. [more inside]
    posted by Metroid Baby on Jul 17, 2014 - 23 answers

    Helping him but not forcing it

    My husband is probably mentally ill. How do I help him get treatment when he really doesn't want it? [more inside]
    posted by cobain_angel on Jul 3, 2014 - 44 answers

    HELP! Sister in NYC needs psychiatric treatment but doesn't want it.

    My sister is frightening the people who love her by expressing suicidal urges. She isn't sleeping or eating, and even coworkers are worried. [more inside]
    posted by Sullenbode on May 27, 2014 - 19 answers

    I don't wanna be sick :(

    Can you recommend books and other resources to help alleviate the self-stigma of mental illness? *Aerated Wall of Snow inside* [more inside]
    posted by bengalibelle on May 7, 2014 - 20 answers

    Keeping relationship with my dad, minus one of his kids?

    I think my half-sister has some sort of personality disorder, and I want to limit her involvement in my life going forward. But I still want to have a relationship with our mutual father... [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Mar 11, 2014 - 11 answers

    What were people paranoid about before modern technology?

    Due to some personal motivations, I've been reading a lot about paranoia lately and most of the delusions I hear about involve modern technology, ie. wire taps, hidden cameras, etc. What are some examples of paranoid delusions before that technology existed?
    posted by shesdeadimalive on Mar 1, 2014 - 34 answers

    Recovery Programs For My Reluctant 18-Year-Old Schizophrenic Son

    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]
    posted by anonymous on Feb 13, 2014 - 10 answers

    Psychiatric admission for young child

    My little one is going to be admitted to a psychiatric program. Please help me understand what that means. [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Feb 6, 2014 - 14 answers

    What type of exercise helps most with depression and anxiety?

    If exercise helps with depression and anxiety, what type of exercise helps most? I'm open to both sciency answers of the "Here's a study that says structured group activities yield the fastest results" variety and personal accounts like "Long distance running saved my life." [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Jan 31, 2014 - 53 answers

    She is my psychiatrist. She told me she is bi-polar. Now what?

    How did you react when your psychiatrist disclosed their own mental illness to you during a session? Have any other mefites had this experience or heard of it? During my 4th consultation (over 6 weeks) with a psychiatrist who is treating me she sort of casually disclosed that she herself suffers from bi-polar disorder and that she has in fact been hospitalised 3 times in the last 12 months due to it. [more inside]
    posted by evil_esto on Jan 15, 2014 - 39 answers

    Mentally unstable sister, I fear for her young children

    Background: My sister (38) has a story of emotional instability and I fear for my niece (8) and baby nephew (Down syndrome). My sister was molested by my father when she was in her late teens, which might have something to do with her current condition. She is extremely dependent on (and at the same time very hostile to) my mother. My mother (divorced, late 60s), in turn, is struggling all by herself to help her daughter and the little children, while having to deal with lack of money and her own (physical) health issues. [more inside]
    posted by Basque13 on Jan 8, 2014 - 16 answers

    Your experiences with Seroquel withdrawal

    I do have a call in to my clinic's emergency on-call dr and my therapist and have talked to 2 pharmacists but wanted to get other people's experiences w/this. While I am diagnosed with severe mental illness (Bipolar II, GAD, PTSD, ADD, sleep disorder) and I take a lot of medications for it (Viibryd 40 mg, Abilify 10 mg, Clonazepam 2-4 mg, Adderall 35 mg), I've been on Seroquel 100 mg just for sleep for at least a year now. That is the only reason it was prescribed to me, and I'd tried Ambien, Trazodone, and Sonata as well for sleep with no luck. I was able to start falling asleep w/o the Seroquel last week so decided to see if I could go off it. I asked my doctor Tuesday and she said it was fine but not to be afraid to take it if I couldn't sleep. She didn't mention anything about withdrawal, but I have been feeling awful every day since with no energy, no appetite. (More info in extended area.) [more inside]
    posted by mermaidcafe on Dec 7, 2013 - 5 answers

    Can you translate what's written on these mysterious envelopes?

    These two envelopes arrived in my office in the autumn of 2010. I've kept them around because they're neat-looking, and an interesting conversation piece. Can you translate into English what's written on them? They may be in Japanese or Chinese (?). [more inside]
    posted by not_on_display on Nov 14, 2013 - 16 answers

    Yeah, you're ill, but you're still being a nightmare...

    I posted this question back in May, about my father's strange (and awful) behaviour that seems to be driven by some kind of illness. Things have not improved. Part of me says, "you should be there for him, it's your dad and he's obviously ill"; another part says "he's behaving like a monster, cut him out of your life." How do I determine which part to listen to? [more inside]
    posted by smockpuppet on Nov 11, 2013 - 19 answers

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