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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 - 22 answers

Help me GTD: Analysis Paralysis Applications & GTD

Help me implement GTD in a manageable fashion. I get lost in details, and need help keeping track of the pieces. I have access to web apps and a shiny new ipad air. Snowflakes inside. Tell me what has worked for you, and please offer practical advice. [more inside]
posted by Draccy on Jul 1, 2014 - 7 answers

Help me figure out how to maximize my iron uptake

My ferritin is low. Low enough to destroy my concentration and stamina and make my hair fall out among other things. I'm doing tons of research and apparently there is a bunch of stuff that inhibits uptake and Im having a hard time NOT cultivating anxiety and obsessive thoughts about this. help. [more inside]
posted by lilnublet on May 5, 2014 - 20 answers

OCD Friendly Hair Gel / Spray / Wax

I'm a bit OCD from a touchy/feeling standpoint, and hair gel / spray / wax gives me the chills. I have short hair (under a few inches) and need to gel my hair for work (office environment). Any suggestions for a non-sticky feeling, OCD friendly hair gel / spray / wax etc.?
posted by WhereAmI on Apr 9, 2014 - 21 answers

Question for people with OCD

I was never diagnosed but it is pretty clear that I have OCD. I understand that irrational guilt, doubt, and anxiety are classic issues associated with OCD. Are there any tricks or ways that anyone can say has helped them to step back and evaluate circumstances somewhat objectively to decide if guilt and anxiety towards something is appropriate or irrational? I have found that explaining a set of circumstances to people whose opinion I trust and them telling me that my concern is irrational has only helped a little. Thank You. P.S. I have already set up a first meeting with a psychologist so that base is covered.
posted by anonymous on Mar 15, 2014 - 12 answers

Bed bugs and OCD

I'm just back from staying over at a friend's place. I found a bed bug. My friend suffers from OCD, and they've brought up their fears about bed bugs previously. How do I break it to them without causing a flat spin?
posted by A Friend of Dug [sock] on Mar 13, 2014 - 18 answers

Unwanted thought syndrome

How do I (or just, do I) talk about what I think were mental health problems I had in the past - when I never got a diagnosis? TW for discussion of weird mental health stuff. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 24, 2014 - 7 answers

looking for stories of meds or alterna-meds that helped you in ur brain

hello world. I am having a pretty terrible time with my brain. Since lobotomies didn't end well, really, I am looking around for other options. Certainly I should get right on top of exercising, and meditating, yes.. I agree.. working on that.. do not think meds are the whole answer.. but hope that they sort of be a little crack in this whole moras, which might enable me to be able to.. do all the other things (eg exercise, meditate, take care of myself, be easier for others to be around, and for me to be around, etc.) ok.. more below the fold [more inside]
posted by elgee on Jan 19, 2014 - 14 answers

When do I reveal my agnosticism to my eight-year old?

My eight-year old was talking about god the other day, and she said something that my first impulse was to correct, but instead I ignored it. She said, "like you, I believe in god." Problem is, I kinda don't. But I'm pretty much the only one in the family with doubts, and I'm not sure when it makes sense to reveal it, specifically to this child. The reason I have doubts about talking to her specifically about it is because she's on the spectrum, and I think that makes it harder for her, especially so young, to sustain her own beliefs. I envy people of faith, but I do not share their faith. Have you dealt with this issue? How do you handle it when you're kid's a believer, but you're not. Special snowflake details inside [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 17, 2014 - 37 answers

I need help with my son's iep

At the parent-teacher conference Dec 5th the teacher told me my autistic/ADHD/OCD/GAD child is so aggressive the staff fears their safety and want to use restrainsts, and they want to bring it up in the next iep. This is the first I've heard of any aggression. [more inside]
posted by FunkyHelix on Dec 26, 2013 - 14 answers

Evidently, I'd rather have mangled cuticles than sticky hands.

I live in a cold, dry climate and have cold, dry hands. I dislike stopping work to apply lotion, because then I have to sit and wait for my hands to dry enough that I don't gunk up my laptop. A trivial problem for sure, but does anyone have any ideas for particular products or methods for moisturizing hands in a way that doesn't make them sticky and lotiony?
posted by fartbutt on Dec 10, 2013 - 35 answers

Staying at Land of a Thousand Cleaning Products

My family spends most holidays at the home of a family member with untreated OCD. It’s already a huge challenge, and I’ve discovered it’s slightly worse than I’d thought. Will solve an immediate problem temporarily, but won’t see my therapist until after Thanksgiving. Please just help me to not go nuclear this week. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 27, 2013 - 40 answers

Can you have sometimes OCD, or is it something else?

I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder in undergrad (say 11 years ago), and it has been mostly controlled with a medium-low dose of SNRIs. Lately I've been having problems with what I think of as OCD-type symptoms, but sort of randomly. I'm looking for insight into whether this is a change in how my anxiety presents (i.e. am I developing OCD?) and if so, should I change treatment? If NOT, and this is a breakthrough GAD symptom, what are some more coping strategies? I'm usually pretty good at researching actual solutions/strategies for what I havem but since I'm not sure what that is, I'm having trouble figuring out what to research... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 21, 2013 - 8 answers

How to frame concert posters without "ruining" them?

My boyfriend collects posters from the many concerts he attends. He is averse to using store-bought poster frames because he thinks this will ruin the poster. Is this true? If so, is there a cheaper method to protect the posters than custom mounting and framing for over $100 apiece? [more inside]
posted by alysonagain on Sep 15, 2013 - 11 answers

Was my mother abusive or just a bad mother? Maybe neither?

I'm currently 34, but I'm dealing with things that happened when I was 16-23. I'm worried that I'm overreacting, misplacing blame, or being unfair. Was my mother abusive or just a bad mother? Maybe neither? I know this is unwieldy, but I'm flailing about somewhat trying to find my footing. I feel guilty for reacting to things that happened so long ago. [more inside]
posted by fredmounts on Aug 9, 2013 - 36 answers

dealing with intrusive thoughts

Hi Hivemind. So, when I was a kid I suffered badly from intrusive thoughts. I am a LOT better now, but every so often my intrusive thoughts get triggered, usually from being in a particular place where I had a bad episode as a teenager. I have to go there regularly and often at night when I am trying to go to sleep I'll have another episode. How to deal, apart from therapy? I'm on the waiting list. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 20, 2013 - 10 answers

Help me break up with food!

How do I relax with food and have a more healthy attitude towards it? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Jun 13, 2013 - 22 answers

Advice on at least getting an IEP for a sweet kid with OCD

A young junior high aged relative (a cousin’s daughter) has severe OCD with compulsions related to checking and handwriting plus obsessions related to harm/avoiding harm. Immature coping skills/tendencies in many of the adults around her mean that her home life is chaotic at best. She does not have an IEP or adequate mental health services. At the strong recommendation of a regular pediatrician, my cousin did go to the school and attempt to request help/changes. This was a huge step for my cousin given that she also has severe OCD, is very avoidant, and has a lot of shame. She was largely dismissed by a teacher and a principal who said that there was “nothing wrong” that wasn’t due to “home life” and that the child just “needs to work faster”. [more inside]
posted by shylady on Jun 4, 2013 - 6 answers

Too good to leave, too bad to stay - therapist edition

Should I find a new therapist when I'm only in town for 6 more months? [more inside]
posted by guessthis on May 16, 2013 - 6 answers

CBT headshrinkers in Pittsburgh

Can you offer any recommendations for CBT-centered therapists in and around the Pittsburgh area, ideally east end? I'm looking for a CBT psychologist to provide therapy in conjunction with meds. [more inside]
posted by woolly on May 14, 2013 - 1 answer

Help fix my crazy

What techniques can I employ to help deal with crippling anxiety and bug-phobic behaviors until I can afford regular therapy appointments? Ugly details inside - apologies for the length. [more inside]
posted by woolly on Apr 10, 2013 - 16 answers

Help my daughter not become me

My daughter is twelve, and she keeps falling behind in school, despite the school giving her tools that should keep her on-track. I think the problem is that she's just like me. My wife had great study habits, so she can't identify with our daughter's struggle. I can empathize, but my teachers, parents, and self couldn't break me, so I don't have any solutions to apply. [more inside]
posted by Tool of the Conspiracy on Mar 13, 2013 - 41 answers

What resources are there for people with Olfactory Reference Syndrome?

A friend's life is being ruled by something resembling ORS, a psychological condition in which you believe you smell like a trash can, move to another city and hide from society. She insists that it's an odor issue, and when everyone tells her she's OK, she writes it off as white lies to make her feel better. [more inside]
posted by steinsaltz on Mar 4, 2013 - 6 answers

Why does weed make it all so easy?

Only marijuana lets me be the person I want to be. But I don't want to be dependent on drugs just to function. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 30, 2013 - 14 answers

Looking for a therapist in Los Angeles.

Can anyone suggest a therapist specializing in anxiety disorders in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 13, 2013 - 2 answers

Jolly Old OCD

Mefites with psych issues, do you have tips for getting through the holidays? [more inside]
posted by Katine on Dec 17, 2012 - 14 answers

don't rock the boat baby

A friend of mine, rocks and sways. All. The. Time. what's up with that? [more inside]
posted by ps_im_awesome on Nov 17, 2012 - 39 answers

Help for the spouse of someone with mental health issues

I really need help with being married to -- and raising a young child with -- someone who's living with long-term anger issues, depression, anxiety, and OCD (obsessive fear of doing violent things). I feel alone, sad, exhausted, and in way over my head. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 15, 2012 - 9 answers

"It only hurts when I exist"

Is this a symptom of a panic attack? Is there a medical term for it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 21, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me solve my problem

I have issues with anxiety in relationships, but I recently started seeing a wonderful man, and will start going to a therapist soon. However, I'm looking for techniques or ideas to help manage my anxiety while I'm searching for a steady therapist. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 15, 2012 - 9 answers

First Time at Sleepaway Camp for Kid with OCD. How to Ensure he has a Great Time?

How to best prepare my 13-year old son who has (mostly under control) bad-thought OCD for 2 weeks of sleepaway camp, other than ensuring he has enough socks? [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Jul 5, 2012 - 13 answers

Cats and scalps

Am I going to suffer horribly for using a comb (that I washed) after I used it on my cat? [more inside]
posted by Coatlicue on Jul 3, 2012 - 18 answers

poke, scratch, sniff, tap, shuffle

I need to stop fidgeting. How? Help! [more inside]
posted by guessthis on Jun 15, 2012 - 15 answers

Would this be an example of letting my fears control my life?

Is leaving my job because of (possibly irrational) fears an example of avoidance? Or a realization of limitations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 13, 2012 - 7 answers

I need to quantify myself

The mathematician Stephen Wolfram posted about his efforts at quantifying his activity over the past couple of decades. Of particular interest to me is his reference to having logged the keystrokes he's entered on his computer. Any idea how I could do that as well? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman on Jun 10, 2012 - 5 answers

What happens if you're diagnosed with a mental illness?

What are the potential consequences of having an official mental illness diagnosis on your record? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 4, 2012 - 19 answers

please let me push that chair in...

How can I curb the (rather desperate) urge to tidy up? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Apr 25, 2012 - 19 answers

How can I help myself when I don't deserve help?

How do I help myself when I feel like I don't deserve it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 11, 2012 - 17 answers

Mental Health Clinicians in NoVA/DC

Recommendations for mental health clinicians in Northern Virginia or DC. Particular experience with "Pure Obsessional" OCD and anxiety disorders would be ideal. My health insurance is through CareFirst Blue Cross/Blue Shield. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 8, 2012 - 3 answers

Help me get motivated again

I have been unmotivated to do pretty much anything outside of work for a several months now. Help me get back on the horse. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 6, 2012 - 8 answers

OCDPMDDHELL

How does obsessive-compulsive disorder interact with premenstrual dysphoric disorder? [more inside]
posted by Coatlicue on Mar 14, 2012 - 14 answers

I've read a lot of books. Now I want to do something productive.

Is there a way to download a list, en masse, of ALL the digital books I've bought via Amazon.com? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman on Mar 12, 2012 - 4 answers

If the Kid with Tourette's Could Stop Barking, He Would. Sheesh.

How can I ensure my kid isn't being penalized for his disabilities in school? He's a 13-year-old 7th grader who's been diagnosed with OCD and ADHD (hyperactive type) and is on meds (and receives therapy as needed) for both. He is a reasonably smart, very chatty little dude. In a recent discussion with one of his teachers, I discovered that he's being penalized and verbally reprimanded for calling out in class. [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Sep 25, 2011 - 34 answers

Yes, I'm putting on my own oxygen mask. Now help me help others.

Yes, I'm putting on my own oxygen mask. Now help me help others. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 14, 2011 - 12 answers

Seeking London CBT counsellor

An acquaintance is looking for a therapist to help with OCD, possibly through cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Do any MeFites have any feedback on London-based private therapists, or advice on how to find one? [more inside]
posted by NoiselessPenguin on Sep 6, 2011 - 3 answers

Dealing with others' control issues. What can you do?

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]
posted by aca.int on Sep 1, 2011 - 14 answers

Is there a name or category this symptom falls under?

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]
posted by stormygrey on Jul 6, 2011 - 14 answers

Mild OCD: Would medication help?

Mild OCD: Should someone who overcame deep-seeded OCD fear, but still struggles with hand-chewing and the occasional stuck-thought-fear-loop try medication? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 23, 2011 - 6 answers

Can I take control of my written life?

How do I learn to love my writing enough to complete my work? [more inside]
posted by kryppuk on Apr 1, 2011 - 12 answers

Dealing with bisexuality

Being bisexual in a relationship... How do you deal with being attracted to the other sex? How do you know you're supposed to be with the sex you're with? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 12, 2011 - 15 answers

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