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I can't just stop thinking, though that would probably fix things.

Breaking out of habitually intellectualizating my feelings - I'm looking for a how-to guide of some sort. Preferably not all about mindfulness. [more inside]
posted by Fee Phi Faux Phumb I Smell t'Socks o' a Puppetman! on Nov 11, 2011 - 15 answers

 

Will my doctor friend lost his medical licence if he checks into an inpatient mental facility?

My best friend is a doctor in Miami (with a board-certified specialism) and he's having a nervous breakdown. He's afraid that if he checks himself into a mental hospital he'll lose his licence to practice medicine. I have couple of questions. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 14, 2011 - 12 answers

Divorcing a person with BPD

I need to end my marriage, but don't know how to tell my husband I want out, since I fear for my property and personal safety. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 1, 2011 - 41 answers

I have it on good authority that I get to keep my shoelaces!

I'm going to an intake (evaluation/show-and-tell) session at a psychiatric partial hospitalization program, due to severe social anxiety, ADHD and most importantly my current acute bipolar depressive episode. What kinds of questions should I be asking? How should I prepare? [more inside]
posted by Fee Phi Faux Phumb I Smell t'Socks o' a Puppetman! on Aug 28, 2011 - 13 answers

How can I tell if someone is lying about their brain cancer?

Are we party to someone else’s delusion and/or scam? I am concerned that a colleague of my husband’s is so mentally ill/needy that she has invented a lethal illness; and now this deception/delusion has spread to involve many other people. Long explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 23, 2011 - 61 answers

I have a family history of mental illness. I've been in therapy for four years without incident, but lately my anxiety and sadness seem out of control. What do I do now?

I have a family history of mental illness. I've been in therapy for four years without incident, but lately my anxiety and sadness seem out of control. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by anotheraccount on Aug 15, 2011 - 27 answers

Caring for a sick parent

My mom had breast cancer several years ago, and developed lymphedema, which she was managing with pain medication until last November. In November, the pain management clinic decided to change her medications, which led to a gradual but dramatic decline in my mom's standard of living. [more inside]
posted by odayoday on Jul 1, 2011 - 10 answers

Do Schizophrenics Commonly Accuse Think Others are Possessed?

When a mentally ill person begins to talk about other people being "possessed by demons" is that a red flag? [more inside]
posted by LarryC on May 28, 2011 - 25 answers

Things that are more interesting than studying for the bar include:

I am interested in the problem of outing and coming out as it relates to mental illness. Can you point me to any good resources (books, articles, blog posts, anything) on this subject?
posted by prefpara on May 26, 2011 - 10 answers

Thriving as an adult after a dysfunctional authoritarian childhood?

Resources for adults who have trouble living day to day after growing up in an authoritative family in which abuse was present? [more inside]
posted by GEB's fun world on May 7, 2011 - 6 answers

So I missed out on my 20's...

So I missed out on my 20's, how to catch up? Should I catch up? Lengthy explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 6, 2011 - 15 answers

My Mind Is A Hot Mess, That Means It's Time For Grad School!

Bipolar, doing better, wanting to get an MBA... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 14, 2011 - 6 answers

Book recs for living with borderline personality disorder

Can you suggest any great books about living with borderline personality disorder, either for partners or for people with BPD tendencies and behaviors? also, am I ruined forever? I feel like damaged goods. I'd be happy to hear from anyone living with BPD, too.
posted by anonymous on Jan 9, 2011 - 18 answers

your head will collapse but there's nothing in it

I'm suddenly very interested in stories, novels, films, music, poems, and comics/graphic narratives that take insanity, altered states of consciousness, and/or terminal illness as a primary theme. My general preference is for science fiction and speculative fiction, but suggestions from other genres would be very good as well. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Nov 16, 2010 - 41 answers

There's no "there" there.

How do I talk to my mother about her depression, especially when I'm trying to create better boundaries but simultaneously plan for my family's future? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Oct 25, 2010 - 9 answers

I don't know how to support my mentally ill mother.

How can I best support my family in a situation involving domestic turmoil and mental illness? This is an abnormally long question but I tried to include everything. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 26, 2010 - 19 answers

IQ, Working Memory, and ADHD

I'm looking for information on the differences in distribution of IQ and working memory test scores between those diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder and the general population. Ideally, I'd like to see histograms for each group.
posted by elektrotechnicus on Jul 1, 2010 - 2 answers

Rise UP! Document the system! (Documentary How to?)

ActivistFilter: I'm done, I'm going rogue, I'm fighting the system, I'm doing it Guerrilla style, I'm 100% serious: Our first project is a documentary, but we don't know how to make a documentary. [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Jun 2, 2010 - 19 answers

Hounded by mom

My mentally ill mother hired a private investigator to track me down... among other things. Please help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 8, 2010 - 33 answers

Damn, that cat is crazy!

Can animals go insane? [more inside]
posted by WolfDaddy on Mar 24, 2010 - 39 answers

How to help someone who is showing signs of psychosis?

My best friend appears to be sliding into psychosis. Who and how should I approach in order to help him out? I know IANAD and YANAD - but I need less info on diagnosis and more info/personal experiences/stories about reaching out to someone who has a undiagnosed mental illness in order to help them. [more inside]
posted by operaposthuma on Mar 10, 2010 - 29 answers

Have you seen this online video?

Where can I go to view/download the full episode of 20/20 which aired Friday, March 5th, 2010? Hopefully for free? [more inside]
posted by dissolvedgirl22 on Mar 6, 2010 - 5 answers

Japanese Mental Health and Welfare Law

Where can I find English translations (or, heck, even a Japanese version) of Japanese laws relating to mental illness and patients' rights? [more inside]
posted by Lirp on Feb 10, 2010 - 5 answers

"You're not listening. Don't you understand? You're not going to be okay."

How do I learn to accept a severely modified life as a result of a psychiatric disability? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 16, 2010 - 17 answers

help me help my friend after involuntary hospitalization

Tell me what I need to help a family where the mom has just been suddenly and involuntarily committed to hospital for psychosis in California. [more inside]
posted by kch on Jan 7, 2010 - 14 answers

How do you get a 19 year old who has already been convicted of a felony into rehab for cocaine abuse?

How do you get a 19 year old who has already been convicted of a felony into rehab for cocaine abuse? Family complications outlined inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 7, 2009 - 8 answers

Should I mention I'm mentally ill on a graduate school statement of intent

Should I mention my mental illness on my graduate school statement of intent? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2009 - 24 answers

Help me deal with my mentally ill father, who I still need to talk to.

How should I go about handling my (very) mentally ill father who goes through (primarily) emotionally/psychologically abusive phases with anyone he holds a relationship with? Completely cutting off contact is probably not a solution for a few reasons. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 3, 2009 - 23 answers

Mental illness and sin

I am looking for a forum or community (e.g. Facebook group) about mental illness being dismissed by churches as sin or demon possession, or people with obvious mental illnesses not being referred to doctors by their pastors. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 7, 2009 - 4 answers

How best to help someone who thinks you're out to get them?

Seeking some advice on how to best help my father in law. You are not my lawyer; you are not his doctor. [more inside]
posted by Emperor SnooKloze on Sep 1, 2009 - 3 answers

Trying to adopt with a psychiatric diagnosis

Is it possible to adopt a child when a spouse has bipolar disorder? [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias on Aug 27, 2009 - 10 answers

Is it legal to solicit paid friendship?

Is it legal (or even safe) to buy friendship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 19, 2009 - 38 answers

Mental health from states away

What can an adult son do to help his homeless, possibly mentally ill mother states away? [more inside]
posted by lizjohn on Jul 16, 2009 - 18 answers

Help me to help my ill brother

My introverted 19 year old little brother just confessed to me that he "hears voices" (telling him to hurt and kill people) and that he "sees things that aren't there". Help me find some resources to help him. [more inside]
posted by Avenger on Jul 12, 2009 - 42 answers

I'm not an attention seeker, I'm depressed

Should I reveal my depression to my co-workers? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 7, 2009 - 37 answers

What will happen in counseling?

What can my friend/former SO expect from community mental health counseling? [more inside]
posted by dilettante on Jul 5, 2009 - 10 answers

What is the proper way to react to another person's delusions?

What is the proper way to react to another person's delusions? [more inside]
posted by vorpal bunny on Jun 13, 2009 - 24 answers

Under what circumstances can a Uk hospital give ECT without the patient's consent?

Depression that doesn't respond to drugs - what are the guidelines on ECT for unwilling hospital patients? [more inside]
posted by tulipwool on May 6, 2009 - 17 answers

ELIZA and the efficacy of "professional" therapists versus the rest of us

Meta-Meta-RelationshipFilter: Have there been any scientific trials to study the efficacy of talk therapy that involved a placebo as control? [more inside]
posted by XMLicious on Apr 20, 2009 - 21 answers

Also, my hairy legs mean that I have "failed at being a woman."

How do you deal with a crazy person's total hostility? [more inside]
posted by liketitanic on Apr 11, 2009 - 14 answers

Should I try to convince my mother to move across the country so I can take care of her and improve our relationship?

Due to years of my mother’s mental illness, dependency on prescription medication, and wildly varying levels lying leading to all sort of trust issues, I am a 30-year old woman with a very complicated relationship with my aging mom. I feel more than a little guilt and sadness about this, and authentically would like to improve our relationship. There are, of course complications. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 3, 2009 - 9 answers

I suspect he is not actually the child of novelist Robert Parker.

Has my brother completely lost his mind? And if so, what do I do now? Before 9 PM today I was prepared to ask about biodiesel cars. [more inside]
posted by liketitanic on Mar 22, 2009 - 25 answers

Hi, I'm your big brother. Remember me?

How do I connect with a half-sister who is only six years old? Details of our estrangement and additional background inside. [more inside]
posted by snapped on Feb 18, 2009 - 24 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

Can you break a lease in Massachusetts without pentaly because of a bad neighbor and unresponsive landlord?

My friend and his fiance have a mentally ill woman living below them who is making their lives absolute hell. They live in Massachusetts. Would there be consequences if they break their apartment's lease to leave because of her? [more inside]
posted by csimpkins on Jan 14, 2009 - 19 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

Non-Spontaneous Human Combustion: How Do We Stop It From Happening to Mom?

The short version: mom's morphed into a reclusive, depressive, heavily-medicated, quasi-narcoleptic shell of a woman. She's given up on life and herself. More disturbingly, she's burned holes in hundreds of household items (carpets, floors, computer keyboards) after falling asleep while smoking. It's a recipe for tragedy(s) - fires, skull fractures, etc. We want a better life for her (or hell, any life at all, given the fire hazards). What can we do? [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Jan 8, 2009 - 24 answers

I used to be crazy, now career me up!

My many bad decisions about education and work that have left me in dead-end jobs. What's the career of my dreams? And how do I get it? [more inside]
posted by xchmp on Sep 18, 2008 - 13 answers

I'm cured! Now what?

I've spent the last fifteen years suffering from bipolar disorder (bipolar II with the emphasis on depression) and a sleep disorder. Four months ago I switched to a medication that turns out to be perfect for me. I feel normal. Assuming this continues, my mood disorder is essentially cured. Fifteen years of mental illness have really screwed up my life. How do I get it back? [more inside]
posted by xchmp on Jul 29, 2008 - 22 answers

Can you hear voices without being ill?

I'm looking for scientific information on whether a person who is not suffering from mental illness can experience ongoing, coherent auditory hallucinations, specifically voices. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 28, 2008 - 27 answers

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