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The Room Where It Happens

How do you trust yourself? How do you draw upon a consistent sense of your goals and preferences and actual emotions about things? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Sep 14, 2016 - 13 answers

cardio = panic attack

Raising my heart rate to cardio-levels has a really high chance of making my body think it is having a panic attack and I want it to stop doing that. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Jun 24, 2016 - 8 answers

Short and long term solutions for middle of the night panic

So, I've recently started waking up in the middle of the night totally panicked-- racing heart, wide awake, but no corresponding thoughts/memories. Obviously, I'd like this to stop. Any advice for the short-term or longer-term, is there any particular therapeutic approaches that might help? [more inside]
posted by twill on Jun 17, 2016 - 15 answers

How can I deal with worsening panic issues?

Extremely rare (once every 2 year) panic episodes are now happening every few days. I know that YANMD and that I need to see someone but I am looking for advice on how to discuss this with a GP and tips for management. [more inside]
posted by ftm on May 8, 2016 - 17 answers

New relationship - how can I learn to chill the *&#! out?

So, I'm in a new relationship, we've been together about 2 months. Although I liked him from the beginning, he was slightly keener and always the one arranging dates, etc. I told him I was a slow burner, he was ok with that and happy to go my pace. [more inside]
posted by Britchick35 on May 2, 2016 - 9 answers

Too worried about procastinating colleagues on shared presentation?

I work in an insular and highly specialized field. One of the most significant international conferences for my field and sector begins in fewer than 10 working days. My team (including myself, a peer, my boss and his bosses) are slated to present at this conference. No one is scheduling time to work on this presentation, I have no idea what to expect at our presentation, and I do not have the power to induce the other participants to begin working on the presentation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 5, 2016 - 20 answers

How do I stop?

I get into these vicious cycles around this time of the year, in which I make a minor social faux pas and can't stop rehearsing it in my head and feeling weird about it. I then become hypersensitive, and try to apologize or compensate, through which I make more social mistakes. And it keeps going on. HELP ME STOP MYSELF! [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree on Apr 2, 2016 - 14 answers

Panic attacks. Taking many meds. Can I take a Xanax?

I have many health problems and I am on a variety of prescription and OTC medications, the most notable being Ambien, Atenolol and Notriptyline. My girlfriend has some Xanax and swears by the stuff. I recognize there is some risk of interaction, but it is reasonably safe to take an occasional Xanax while I'm taking these other drugs? (More info follows.) [more inside]
posted by Ursula Hitler on Mar 14, 2016 - 15 answers

Freaking out about moving/change - NYC to California

We're moving from NYC to California to the Tahoe/Truckee area and i'm really freaking out about it. Are we making a huge mistake? Will we fit in? Will it be multicultural/cosmopolitan enough? I need to make the panic/anxiety stop. [more inside]
posted by nightdoctress on Mar 13, 2016 - 15 answers

Advice on how to deal with failure? I lost my job due to depression.

I took a job in Mexico as an English teacher. Between dealing with culture shock and homesickness, moving away from my boyfriend, a major depressive episode, anxiety and panic, physical health issues, and experiencing an extreme trauma (was raped right before Christimas break)... well, suffice to say, it wasn't the best semester. I was just told that I will not be asked back next year. I was not planning on returning, but my self-esteem has taken a huge hit. How do I move forward after such an awful failure? [more inside]
posted by chocolatespaghetti on Mar 6, 2016 - 10 answers

Romance and uncertainty part two

I have clarified some of my feelings and done some self-work on this relationship, but I'm having trouble trusting myself and my insights. [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Jan 18, 2016 - 10 answers

Tell me this isn't limerence

I have been pretty sure I like this girl for a while now, and now that the issue has been raised and left unresolved, I'm in crisis mode and don't know what I'm feeling. [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Dec 13, 2015 - 12 answers

aspergers, adhd, anxiety, or appropriation?

Is there any benefit to pursuing a diagnosis for neurodevelopmental disorders (specifically autism spectrum disorder or adhd) as an adult? Are there reasons not to seek a diagnosis in that realm? Are online screening resources useful for them, or is the use of those resources problematic? Is it better to stick with anxiety and depressive disorders, both as a means for seeking treatment as well as a means of self-understanding? More to the point: Am I trying to figure out what's wrong with me, or am I just trying to earn a Golden Sympathy Star? [more inside]
posted by mittens on Jul 24, 2015 - 14 answers

Dog nail trimming options: EXTREME edition

So. Our dog will not let anyone trim her nails. The groomer can't do it, the vet can't do it, and we can't do it. Her reaction is so extreme that she's seriously a danger to herself, and as a result, she only has her nails clipped when she's under sedation for something else (teeth cleaning, for one). Looking at this older Ask Me post, I'm considering trying a Dremel, once we've talked to the Vet (time for another dental cleaning). Is there anything newer, or further advice that fearful-dog owners can add? [more inside]
posted by taz on Jun 26, 2015 - 28 answers

How to deal with extreme anxiety over loved ones' well-being?

I have a lifelong pattern of extreme anxiety attacks and imagining the worst when people I'm close to are not where they say they will be at the time they say they will be there and unreachable. It escalates quickly into a terror that they are dead and at worst ends in uncontrollable shaking and crying. How can I mitigate this? [more inside]
posted by Beethoven's Sith on May 11, 2015 - 5 answers

Greyhound

I had a really unpleasant experience with Greyhound. I am on the bus, and I do not want to be on the bus. It is 2 am, and little or no options to leave the bus. [more inside]
posted by PinkMoose on May 6, 2015 - 24 answers

Need help with core beliefs and travel anxiety

I'm going to put the TL:DR up here. I have lots of limiting core beliefs involving my worth. Meeting new people causes me great anxiety due to these beliefs, which include not being allowed to have any needs, especially those that might inconvenience, irritate, or anger the other person. I also have panic disorder. I've met someone online that I want to meet in person but it would involve a drive of several hours. Travel = panic = debilitating and anxiety-inducing physical symptoms. Help me meet this person while remaining functional. [more inside]
posted by msbadcrumble on May 4, 2015 - 9 answers

How Do I Antidepressant? Tracking success/side effects of medication

I'm working with a psychiatrist to try antidepressants for anxiety in combination with my ongoing work with a therapist. He's started me on a low dose of Cymbalta and says I may need to try a variety of antidepressants before I find out what works. If you take medications for mood/anxiety, how do you track their effects on you to figure out if something is working or not? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 3, 2015 - 10 answers

What has bitten me? It was not a sexy vampire.

Last week, I noticed a small bite on my knee. It disappeared and I forgot about it. Yesterday, an identical bite was on my wrist. Googling "insect bites" is a horrible thing, and none of them looked like mine. More below the fold. [more inside]
posted by 2soxy4mypuppet on Mar 4, 2015 - 11 answers

Easy yet effective tips for coping with stress better?

I've been hit with a significant number of life stressors recently, and could use some help. I've been working on keeping my stress levels low through healthy eating, exercising, and sleeping well, but my stress is getting to the point where I feel like laying in bed all day. I can't afford to let myself spiral any lower; I'd like some simple-yet-effective stress busters to prop me up, so that I have enough energy to deal with my problems and continue living healthy. [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers on Feb 3, 2015 - 26 answers

Mania, Anxiety, and Panic, oh my!!

How do I know when what I'm feeling is simple anxiety, when it's an oncoming panic attack, or when it's becoming a manic episode, as it's coming on, rather than looking back with 20/20 hindsight and going, "Well, duh"? Blizzard inside. [more inside]
posted by The Almighty Mommy Goddess on Dec 27, 2014 - 10 answers

Full-blown panic mode

Lost job. Without a net. I am SO screwed... [more inside]
posted by Soap D. Spencer on Oct 21, 2014 - 33 answers

Dissertation panic - how can I get through the last two days?

My MA dissertation in due in two days. I have loads to do, I'm totally lost, and if it wasn't for the tons of time and money already invested in it I'd be at the point of giving up. How do I keep my focus for the final stretch and not have a nervous breakdown? If you have experience of surviving Dissertation Hell please let me know how you coped. [more inside]
posted by billiebee on Oct 20, 2014 - 23 answers

Company in turmoil; how to talk myself down off the panic ledge?

My company is undergoing the first steps into being sold. How do I stop panicking long enough to figure out my next steps? [more inside]
posted by droplet on Oct 15, 2014 - 7 answers

Problem with hireright background check

My foreign husband found his dream job in the US (already working in the US in a different job, not dependent on job for green card) and underwent a background check with hireright. Hireright completed its report and has said that his university has no record of his education. This is categorically not true. [more inside]
posted by cacao on Sep 15, 2014 - 6 answers

One last question about my crisis

I’m still having panic attacks. I’m having a hard time getting my thoughts together because I’m so stressed -- and they’re kind of circular on top of that -- so forgive me if this post is tough to understand. [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Jul 21, 2014 - 18 answers

Sudden anxiety attack, can't focus

For no apparent reason, I am suddenly super stressed out and completely unable to concentrate on anything... [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Jul 5, 2014 - 11 answers

Need low cost mental health care in phoenix, Arizona

I need to find a psychiatrist/therapist/someone who can prescribe and treat chronic anxiety and panic in the Phoenix area, preferably at low cost/sliding scale. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 11, 2014 - 3 answers

Anxiety and Fear-Based Decisions

Yes, another anxiety-related question from me. I'm sorry. I'm currently in the throes of a possible breakup, and I've recently realized that I'm making far too many decisions based on fear - fear of having a panic attack, fear of getting sick, fear of having needs. This has damaged my relationship. I need to stop this behavior, but I'm not sure how to do so without becoming non-functional from the resulting anxiety. [more inside]
posted by msbadcrumble on May 30, 2014 - 8 answers

I need some help with what I assume is adult separation anxiety.

For reasons that I'm have not yet unraveled, I have developed an anxiety trigger around being away from home (away from Mom?) and getting sick. This is a complex issue, interwoven with other issues. I'll try to be succinct. [more inside]
posted by msbadcrumble on May 16, 2014 - 12 answers

How do you calm down and focus? Strategies for coping with anxiety.

Do you suffer from anxiety or severe depression? What are some coping strategies you have developed that help you overcome and push forward? When medicine and therapy alone aren't enough, how have you stiffened up the sinews, summoned up the blood and conquered? [more inside]
posted by Driven on Apr 24, 2014 - 19 answers

oh god no

I was searching under my bed with a flashlight for an earring I dropped and in the process discovered a bug near the edge of my bedsheets. I killed the bug with a Kleenex and flushed it but didn't think to take a photo of it and now I am paranoid that it was a bedbug. Am googling pictures of bedbugs and the thing I found does look similar to what Google is showing. So...I guess I found a bedbug. Help me figure out my next steps. [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Feb 22, 2014 - 11 answers

Help me prepare for two big work meetings about possible new roles

I’m looking to make a move to a different role and location of the Mega Corp I work in. Have two meetings set up with people who could make that happen. Now what? Please help me understand the perspective of the bosses I'm meeting with and what I might say now that I have made these meetings happen! Background and specific question after the jump. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 7, 2014 - 2 answers

Silence!! I kill you!

Mefis, please help me quiet the terrorist in my head. I have panic disorder and I'm afraid of everything, it seems. [more inside]
posted by msbadcrumble on Feb 5, 2014 - 13 answers

How to stay calm at 4 a.m.

There's a lot of advice out there on how to achieve calm when you are awake and focusing. By day I apply this and have become decent at getting a grip and putting things in perspective once I'm awake and out of bed. But what about the hours when you are half-awake in bed and your guard is down? By 8 a.m. I feel like I have been in an all-night punching match with worries that have run loose while the watchmen are passed out. What do you do to avoid sleep-time anxiety? Is the answer just to be even calmer before you go to sleep? Or can you recommend some other middle-of-the-night strategy?
posted by anonymous on Jan 26, 2014 - 39 answers

Declaring a mental disability on a job application in healthcare

Should I declare a mental illness on a job application within the NHS (UK) or not? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 31, 2013 - 12 answers

Juvenile Glaucoma, Panic Panic

My second grader might have juvenile glaucoma. Our insurance is changing at the beginning of the year. How fast do we need to proceed? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia on Dec 26, 2013 - 11 answers

Altitude sickness and panic. Help me cope!

Traveled to Yellowstone from Illinois. I have gotten hit with with some altitude sickness. Unfortantly my biggest symptoms are insomia, panic, and diarrhea. Ick. YANMD. Can you help with coping strategies ? [more inside]
posted by AlexiaSky on Dec 25, 2013 - 15 answers

When do I move on to the next stage to eliminate the panic?

I've been on 20mg of citalopram (Celexa) for about 10 days and I actually feel worse. At what point should I start CBT OR at what point should I complain to my GP? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 10, 2013 - 13 answers

Even meditating overwhelms me with fear and rage.

I have anxiety and depression, and I'm starting to realise that underneath that is a bubbling fount of rage. I need some suggestions for coping with and dismantling the anger I'm feeling. I didn't realise it before, but I'm angry pretty much all the time, except when I'm with my boyfriend, scared, or distracting myself via escapism. And even then, it's still there. I'm looking in to going back to therapy, and I'm currently on antidepressants. I've tried meditating, but it just stresses me out or gives me panic attacks- to be honest, I hate it. What are some suggestions for coping with this?
posted by windykites on Nov 7, 2013 - 27 answers

seek and ye shall find

How do I ask my new doctor for tranquilizers without seeming like a crazy drug addict? [more inside]
posted by mittens on Oct 30, 2013 - 25 answers

Upgraded my laptop to Windows 8.1, now it's stuck in a reboot loop!

I upgraded my Samsung laptop to Windows 8.1. It is now stuck in a reboot loop. I cannot enter recovery mode. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by Tevin on Oct 18, 2013 - 5 answers

Office security for a windowless room?

I work in a public defender's office with a dozen lawyers. Four of them are in windowless offices, and two of those offices in particular are buried near the back of the building, where it's hard to hear if you aren't standing outside the door. For the vast majority of clients this isn't an issue, but how can we keep our office safe during closed door meetings with clients? [more inside]
posted by Happydaz on Aug 21, 2013 - 9 answers

How to combat anxiety?

My anti-depressant (Wellbutrin XL) is generally working, but one of the side-effects is a great deal of generalized anxiety. I'm stuck with the anti-depressant for now, so I'm looking for practices, foods, or medications you've been prescribed that helped you combat anxiety. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 18, 2013 - 26 answers

Worried about night time palpatations. Advice?

Been having pretty constant heart palpatations. I have had them before, but they have been generally isolated. The ones I'm having during the day are minor, but they are persistent. I went to the hospital, and the doctor said to get a heart monitor. I went to my general practitioner and he said I had already had a heart monitor, so there was no need for one. Anyway, the palps get pretty bad at night to the point where my chest starts to ache. In the past I have also had panic attacks and anxiety problems, some of which during palpatations were present. What do you guys think is going on? What should I do? Any advice is welcome
posted by Thanquol180 on Jun 16, 2013 - 26 answers

Dealing with the after effects of a sudden seizure

I had a seizure on Monday. Is it normal for your emotions to be affected afterwards and what can I do to remain calm and not panic until the results of a CT scan come back? [more inside]
posted by kanata on May 22, 2013 - 8 answers

Can you two just please introduce yourselves because I have no idea!

I've had this silly and embarrassing little problem for years and I'm noticing that it's getting worse. Sometimes, when I run into somebody I know or if I'm introducing somebody I know to somebody they don't know, I truly blank out on the name of the person I know. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on May 18, 2013 - 25 answers

Getting Your Creative Motivation Back After A Long Dry Spell?

I went on a long, long break form my creative career cause I was feeling burnt out due to some failures and now I can't seem to get back into it, possibly because I no longer have a financial incentive to do so. How can I fix this? Warning: Long, super privileged person problems. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 7, 2013 - 18 answers

I need to clean a messy, dirty house in 24 hours. Most efficient way?

I need to clean a messy, dirty house in 24 hours. My landlord is showing our property tomorrow. We have not been keeping up with it due to illnesses and such. The landlord is very picky and would be shocked if she walked through here right now. I am freaking out. How can I get this done efficiently and quickly? [more inside]
posted by desjardins on May 2, 2013 - 51 answers

Thom York anxiety machine.

Thom Yorke's new band recently released their album so I went and found the video of the "single" from it. The visuals are a simple repeating/changing pattern of rectangles. It's so simple yet it brings me almost immediately to the edge of a panic attack. [more inside]
posted by aloiv2 on Mar 1, 2013 - 25 answers

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