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I failed at being an MRI patient. What now?

This afternoon I was scheduled to have an MRI on a knee that I injured a couple weeks ago. Although mentally I felt a little nervous, I was not freaking out. Unfortunately, my body disagreed. My heart was pounding and my leg would not stop twitching and shaking, so much so that they couldn't get a good image. Looking for stories if any others have had this problem and advice as to next steps. [more inside]
posted by misskaz on Nov 2, 2015 - 26 answers

Am I doing this resume related thing wrong?

I was in a PhD program for 4 years, but never actually finished the degree. I'm getting job interview requests and even formal offers that clearly assume I actually have a PhD. Am I doing it wrong? [more inside]
posted by miyabo on Aug 30, 2015 - 19 answers

No witness for our NYC wedding

My (hopefully) soon-to-be wife and I both have really severe social anxiety issues. Unfortunately, we need a witness for our City Hall wedding tomorrow in NYC. What are our options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 1, 2014 - 30 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

Help me hold it together for the next 3 weeks

I have a history of anxiety, but two years ago began feeling well enough that I stopped all medication and treatment, and did fine until the past couple of weeks, when I experienced a trigger (dental pain). The teeth and the pain are getting taken care of--but the anxiety just continues to balloon out of control. I can't eat, I can't sleep, I am just a thrumming, chain-smoking ball of nerves. I missed work for the first time over this today, and know I need help. So I am seeking it: I have scheduled an appointment with a psychiatrist--my previous one moved away--but his first available is in 3 weeks. (His office advised me to go to the ER if I needed help before the appointment.) So now I just have to hold it together between now and then so I don't completely lose my mind or miss enough work to threaten my job. Oh, HiveMind, please help me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 4, 2013 - 7 answers

How do you find a psychiatrist anyway?

For the first time in a while, my anxiety is more than I can manage on my own without medication. On top of that, I've had chronic insomnia for over 15 years, not sleeping is a probably my biggest anxiety trigger, and I'm tired of begging my primary care doctor for ambien prescriptions. Twice before I've waited until everything fell apart and I was in a major crisis and dropping out of my life to seek help; I don't want to do that again. I've had quite successful therapy (talk and CBT) before and been prescribed various meds by primary care doctors in the past, but I want to start managing my brain chemistry in a more proactive way. I've never seen a psychiatrist and don't know where to start. Yelp reviews? Standing on the sidewalk with a sign? I'm in San Francisco, I have Blue Cross/Blue Shield PPO insurance, anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, and real desire not to have another nervous breakdown. What's my next step?
posted by anonymous on Mar 19, 2013 - 13 answers

How do I handle an ultimatum from my girlfriend?

My girlfriend has given me an ultimatum regarding anxiety and travel. Is this a problem or an opportunity? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 16, 2012 - 64 answers

Why do I crave chocolate every day?

I'm not sure what's wrong with me. If I don't have an entire bar of dark chocolate each day, I have what I guess is called a panic attack. Details within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 1, 2012 - 29 answers

Are all therapists the same?

I need therapy. I have no idea how to start. How does one pick a therapist if all seem the same? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 19, 2012 - 13 answers

The scoop on SSRIs minus the depression

Looking for experiences with SSRIs prescribed for occasional intense panic attacks and anxiety (some social anxiety too) WITHOUT any pre-existing depression, suicidal, or bipolar symptoms. Xanax hasn't worked well (lowers anxiety but seems to increase irritability). My friend has seen a therapist, who recommended this after several months of sessions, and is going to talk with a doctor about options. He's concerned with doctors' tendency to overprescribe SSRIs and monkeying around with something that's probably not intended for this.
posted by crapmatic on Sep 28, 2011 - 13 answers

Yoga, what is it good for?

How much do yoga and meditation help for anxiety? Is it time for more serious help or is this worth a shot? [more inside]
posted by katillathehun on May 22, 2011 - 29 answers

How do I help my friend who has panic attacks?

My friend constantly has panic attacks. Is there any coping mechanisms that I can suggest or anything I can do or say as a friend to help him calm down? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 7, 2011 - 17 answers

Pyjamas? Check. Alarm set? Check. The fear? Check.

Am I having panic attacks while I am sleeping? Is that possible? Is this something else to get all anxious about? Or is it merely the onset of normal, adulthood worries? [more inside]
posted by sock puppet of mystery! on Feb 28, 2011 - 19 answers

Patch my panic-addled brain.

YANMD: Please help me with immediate methods of managing a panic attack. [more inside]
posted by Heretical on Feb 4, 2011 - 28 answers

Presentation Panic Attacks

I have panic attacks when I start presentations. This isn't general nervousness - I feel fine leading up to the presentation, and usually chat with the group (between 2 - 20) people beforehand. But the second I turn to start the presentation, the adrenaline kicks in and I struggle like crazy to get through the first section. This is becoming concerning - aside from the trauma of the actual attack - because recently giving presentations has become part of my job. Any help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 14, 2010 - 23 answers

Prozac made my depression worse; now I'm scared to try another SSRI.

Prozac made my depression much worse; now I'm scared to try another SSRI. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 20, 2010 - 25 answers

These mythical awesome dentist -- where do I find one?

How do you find a dentist who is good with very anxious patients? Is it appropriate to ask, when making the appointment, if he’s willing to prescribe a sedative and/or use gas? I hear (often on askme) that people have marvelous, caring dentists who are willing to do whatever is necessary to make them comfortable, but where do you find one? I’ve got this list of dentists covered by my insurance, I need one that can fill my cavities without leaving me in hysterics, and I don’t know how to go about discovering who that will be. [more inside]
posted by mostlymartha on Oct 6, 2010 - 14 answers

Help me to help me

Several months ago I had a bad anxiety attack. Since then, I have had an extremely heightened sense of self-awareness and have even become a bit agoraphobic (I understand this to be common after an attack). Common situations/activities that once felt natural, effortless even enjoyable (driving, shopping, taking kids to the park) can now induce panic because I over analyze everything. How can I return to my "normal" level of self-awareness and learn to go with the flow? Meds? Mind hacks? Cognitive therapy?
posted by punkfloyd on Aug 18, 2010 - 13 answers

Will I be able to tell the difference between the physical symptoms of a panic attack and a heart attack?

ParanoidFilter: For the longest time I've been getting chest pain with my anxiety. Will I be able to tell the difference between the physical symptoms of a panic attack and a heart attack? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 8, 2010 - 10 answers

Looking for a Therapist for a Friend in Richmond, VA

TherapyFilter: Asking for a friend of a friend—can anyone recommend a competent therapist accessible to someone living in Richmond, Virginia... especially someone especially good at handling issues of anxiety and panic? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 26, 2009 - 1 answer

Preventing panic attacks on an airplane flight?

What else can I do to help prevent a panic attack on an airplane? [more inside]
posted by wastelands on Apr 23, 2009 - 24 answers

How do I stop offending people with my anxiety?

I left Easter dinner early due to anxiety. My family is angry. How can I make everyone happy? [more inside]
posted by giraffe on Apr 13, 2009 - 38 answers

Beep Beep Blah

Panic attacks while driving on the freeway- Life is pretty good, never had an accident, I even *like* driving for the most part. What's the deal? I wanna fight back but is medicine my only recourse? I live in So Cal and I'm not going to be a damn hermit. I have to get over this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 7, 2007 - 12 answers

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