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When that I relax into a mood, my eyes do smart at thoughts of blood.

I have.."unwanted thoughts syndrome", or something and it seems to come up mainly when I am trying to relax or meditate. I am trying to understand why. [more inside]
posted by bird internet on Nov 24, 2015 - 11 answers

How to stop obsessive thinking about getting fired?

Every job I have ever had I become convinced I am getting fired. How can I stop believing this and sabotaging myself at work. [more inside]
posted by thelastgirl on Oct 28, 2015 - 26 answers

Am I crazy or are they purposely ignoring me?

I feel insane for even posting about this, but my (ever-so-slight) anxiety is getting the best of me! Around two months ago, I accepted a job with a great company. It is what they are calling a "W2 contractor" position. So, I'm a W2 employee where they take care of deducting taxes from my paycheck for me, but I don't receive any health benefits, PTO, etc. etc. I'm paid hourly, and my hourly wage is well above the norm, I'm guessing to help offset the lack of benefits. Some weeks I work 40 hours, others I work 15 or so... it depends on the workload available. Essentially, it's kind of like being a part time employee. [more inside]
posted by theshmeek on Oct 16, 2015 - 5 answers

Should I preemptively tell a new employer about a recent bankruptcy?

I'm hoping to start a new job soon and the company has extended an offer which I have accepted. However the offer is contingent on the results of a background check which I understand is either in progress or will be performed shortly. The problem is that this background check will show that I filed for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy early this year and received a discharge shortly thereafter. So while I wish I could take this moment to celebrate a great new opportunity, I'm afraid that the offer might be rescinded at any moment due to this new information. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 12, 2015 - 13 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

Just because you're paranoid… MacBook edition.

Is somebody remotely controlling my MacBook's trackpad/mouse? [more inside]
posted by signal on Jun 23, 2015 - 23 answers

How do I stop worrying about my loved ones getting hurt?

I can't stop envisioning scenarios in which people I care about get into horrific car/train/plane accidents or get sick and die. How do I accept my powerlessness to protect my loved ones 100% beyond the shadow of a doubt and just live with it? [more inside]
posted by Guinevere on May 13, 2015 - 12 answers

Credit Monitoring

Hey Mefites, what do you think is the best credit monitoring service? Is it worth it?
posted by bquarters on May 7, 2015 - 4 answers

Help me cope with my anxiety about my wife's anxiety!

My wife struggles with anxiety and paranoid thoughts about our marriage. She'll often start asking questions of me about where I've been, if I'm seeing anyone else, whether I want to leave her and whether I think I'd be better off without her. I'm used to this, and I know that these are just intrusive thoughts rather than what she rationally believes, but I'm about to go away for work and I can't stop feeling anxious about what might happen whilst I'm away. [more inside]
posted by yasp on May 1, 2015 - 75 answers

Should I try to help a new friend who I believe is mentally ill?

I recently met a really nice, intelligent, fun girl my age. She believes her coworker, whom I've never met, is trying to ruin her life. Because of this belief, she is fleeing her job and even her apartment. I have reason to suspect it's all in her head. Should I meddle or simply turn a blind eye? I feel bad because I really, really like this girl and want her to get professional help. [more inside]
posted by Guinevere on Apr 21, 2015 - 47 answers

Extremely paranoid(VERY long). Help please?

**DISCLAIMER: This is very long, tediously written, incoherent, etc., so I don’t expect you to read all of it. I have listed my main problems in numbers 1., 2. and 3., and I don’t care how much you have read, as long as I get as many opinions as possible. The therapy section is in number two, just in case you were going to suggest that. I need some advice on what to do now, not what to tell my therapist** [more inside]
posted by ParanoidAndroid on Apr 1, 2015 - 25 answers

More like Insomnia, please!

I just re-watched the 2002 film Insomnia. It was (still) great, and now I'd like recommendations for more things like it. [more inside]
posted by daisyk on Dec 6, 2014 - 7 answers

I see trouble on the way

My mom has been attending a new church whose congregants regularly fret over what they call "The Black Moon." The talk amongst the folks there (though not--as far as I know--from the pulpit itself) is that the Bible predicts a stock market crash in October of next year. What in the holy hell are they talking about? And, on a scale of one to ten, exactly how bananas are these people? [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 28, 2014 - 21 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

New, unreasonable anxiety

I've recently started to experience unreasonable anxiety about a lot of everyday activities. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 5, 2014 - 11 answers

How to get over the petty stuff to maintain a healthy relationship

The relationship is great and we both see a future together, but at times I tend to focus on insignificant things or feel insecure for no rational reason. I want to prevent unnecessary conflicts arising from these feelings. [more inside]
posted by monologish on Apr 24, 2014 - 21 answers

I feel like the only insane person for being sane.

My girlfriend, her parent, and her entire family are 100% convinced that one of her parents has an incurable terminal disease. The catch? None of the test results have come back. In fact, none of the tests have even been done. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 18, 2014 - 24 answers

What IR-capable residential security cameras are inconspicuous?

I'm interested in getting a few residential security cameras installed to cover our yard and car areas. Requirements are: ~40 feet night vision, decent motion detection, networked recording to central PC/DVR unit (either over WiFi or PoE power), no batteries, weatherproof, not easily stolen. There are plenty of cameras with good tech specs, but many of them look like warp engines. I imagine putting up giant cameras will not only piss off the neighbors, but serve as a giant ROB ME I HAVE STUFF sign. What exterior cameras are not only good but inconspicuous? [more inside]
posted by benzenedream on Mar 6, 2014 - 3 answers

I caught my therapist in a lie; am I overreacting?

I've been seeing my psychologist for about 18 months. Overall, she's great: upbeat, insightful and easy to talk to. But on a couple of occasions I've left therapy with a distinct feeling that she wasn't being entirely forthright with me, or like she actively tried to make me feel insecure during a session. Are these red flags real? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 3, 2014 - 44 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

What the heck is going on?

I've gotten a pair of phone calls that seem too weird to be unrelated when they're so close together but I can't make head or tails about what it could mean. [more inside]
posted by charred husk on Feb 25, 2014 - 10 answers

How can I sweep for bugs at work?

I'd like to find out if there are recording devices in offices at our workplace. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 14, 2014 - 19 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

Vacation in El Salvador?

Two wonderful people - a Salvadoran and a Russian, both living in New York - just got married and have invited my girlfriend and me to join them on vacation in El Salvador this December. Carlos is very sweet, very generous, and very excited to show us his country of origin. It all sounds wonderful to me - beach, mountains, pupusas, family, etc. Plus monkeys! My girlfriend is also very fond of the couple and loves the idea of a tropical vacation, but is typically more cautious than I am and is concerned about safety. This seems to be a valid concern, given the overall crime rate, State Department travel warnings, and so on. El Salvador has a murder rate of 69 per 100,000 people, which is about the same as Flint, Michigan and twice that of Baltimore. I'm a fairly experienced traveler and am inclined to think we'd be safe as long as we stuck with Carlos and his family, but don't want to be foolish. Neither of us speaks Spanish terribly well and we could probably be identified as foreigners by our appearance. The same can be said for Carlos' wife. G/f and I decided to turn to the fine folks of MetaFilter for outside perspectives - thoughts, anecdotes, information, or advice - on the safety and advisability of traveling to El Salvador for fun. Thank you!
posted by jcrcarter on Nov 11, 2013 - 6 answers

How do I stop being so paranoid in my relationship?

Damaged by a previous infidelity, I find it hard not to read every ordinary, innocent thing as a Sign. It's hurting an otherwise loving relationship with a wonderful woman, and I hate being this way and feel I am committing my own kind of betrayal. Looking for advice on strategies to stop, deflect, lessen. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 30, 2013 - 32 answers

Tool kit for treating mental illness.

You are familiar with what things are effective in treating someone who is bipolar, paranoid, and/or schizophrenic. Please tell me about these things. If the person is willing to accept help, what type of help are they likely to receive? If medications help, what is the nature of the medications and where could one go to learn more about them? If there are behavioral options, where can one begin to learn about these? What else is out there? [more inside]
posted by sock me amadeus on Oct 8, 2013 - 15 answers

Headache from Urination Strain (worried)

hey everyone. A short while back, I was in a phase where I was straining alot when I was peeing. I was being very OCD about emptying my bladder is what I'm saying. I did this until I started to feel a pain in my abdomen as well as an aching sensation in the right side of my head. I immediately stopped. While the pain in the abdomen went away, the headache persisted. Eventually I went to my MD and he didn't seem that worried about it and said it would go away. The head sensation sort of changes often. Sometimes it's a mild to moderate pain and sometimes it feels like sort of a cold feeling on the right side of my head if that makes sense. i wanted to get you guy's takes on this.
posted by Thanquol180 on Sep 4, 2013 - 5 answers

Paranoia = Dementia?

My parents sort of lost it after the 2004 election. I think they're getting even more out of touch and I don't know what to do as they age. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 2, 2013 - 33 answers

Bedbug panic, and how to deal with it

I found a single bedbug in a library book. I think I contained it and handled the situation, and should probably not be worrying, since it's been a month and no evidence of bedbugs. I need help determining if I should do anything further, and how to stop worrying and just accept my bedbug-fighting future if that's what's going to happen. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 27, 2013 - 6 answers

Is my house about to burn down?

I'm scheduled to leave for a much-needed vacation in about two hours, and my dishwasher just died in a hot & smelly way -- is it about to catch fire after I drive away? Sorry - I'm paranoid and in a rush and I need you people to help me think. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Jul 2, 2013 - 21 answers

what could these creepy sensations be

This doesn't happen all the time but rather during certain periods. It often happens after spending prolong periods at home without much social interaction, things going on in my life, or connection to the outside world, so that leads me to believe it's psychological. [more inside]
posted by wholecornandsalt on Jun 25, 2013 - 17 answers

Grandpa must be crazy pt. II

My previous post from 2007 gets the sequel treatment. Here's the post. [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on May 10, 2013 - 16 answers

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

How do I stop being irrationally paranoid about getting sick?

I leave for a much much much needed vacation tomorrow that I've been looking forward to for the past two months. As more and more people around me (family, friends, coworkers) have been getting sick during this nasty flu season, I have been super paranoid about getting the flu myself just in time to spoil my vacation. I started feeling really achy and fatigued last night, but maybe it has more to do with other things? [more inside]
posted by windbox on Jan 31, 2013 - 14 answers

Advice on dealing with feelings of loneliness and paranoia

I'm having a hard time dealing with feelings of profound loneliness and paranoia about the states of friendships which in turn affect my dreams and my moods (being a vivid dreamer) and I don't like the affect it has on my happiness. Is there any good literature or advice that you can give to help me conquer these feelings and appreciate what I have in my friends or branch out to finding others? Any communication advice to being clear with friends and alleviating my paranoia without insulting them or sounding weird? [more inside]
posted by Recca on Jan 22, 2013 - 6 answers

What is the progression of recovery from paranoid psychosis?

How does a paranoid psychotic episode end? Assuming that someone is on medication that starts working, does it tend to be a sudden thing where they wake up one day and they no longer believe in any of the huge conspiracy their mind had created? Or do they gradually stop believing the least plausible delusions one by one? Or do they stop feeling the terror associated with it first, and maybe even continue to believe that all that stuff DID happen to them, but that it isn't an ongoing threat any more? Or do they maybe just become more open to logical arguments against their beliefs? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Dec 31, 2012 - 11 answers

Is there anything I should do?

Trying to be rational here. Is it possible that I might be targeted by a group of people? [more inside]
posted by antgly on Dec 24, 2012 - 38 answers

"I really want to go out on a date with you. How about the third of Never?"

Since I've hit my mid-late 20s, a pattern has developed: A woman and I express mutual interest; I ask for her number or she gives it to me on her own; a first date is arranged; at the last minute, she cancels it. I know this isn't unheard of, but it's happening so often and so consistently that it's making me paranoid and demoralized, and I'm not sure how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 28, 2012 - 23 answers


PrivacyParanoiaFilter: My employer offers a discount on my health insurance if my spouse and I take a Health Risk Assessment (HRA). I get the idea, but are there any downsides privacy-wise that they're not telling you? [more inside]
posted by JoeZydeco on Oct 25, 2012 - 21 answers

Missing. Please Help.

My sister's husband has probably had a psychotic break in Southern California and has gone missing. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by cereselle on Oct 22, 2012 - 25 answers

My father is acting weird. What's regular old man crotchety behavior vs. pathological behavior?

My father is getting up in years, and on a recent trip I noticed he's been acting differently. I don't have many elderly contacts so I'm unsure how much of this is normal old man behavior and how much is possible pathology. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 6, 2012 - 9 answers

What's our risk of getting bed bugs?

Bed Bug Filter: my partner and I went on a road trip with friends who thought they had treated their bed bug problem. After the road trip, our friends found a bed bug on a pillow that had been in the car with us. We took preventative measures before we returned to our apartment (long details inside), but what else should we do? How freaked should we be? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Sep 10, 2012 - 6 answers

It didn't end the way I thought it would end.

I am terrified that I'm repeatedly sabotaging my relationships with my trust issues. Please help me get a grip or perspective. I don't know what to do. I turned 28 a month ago, and the prospect of hitting the reset button this time--I had joked before about getting old, but this was the first time I truly felt the weight of it. [more inside]
posted by blue rare on Aug 4, 2012 - 30 answers

The Real World: Post-Apocalyptic Hellscape

Help me track down this Cube-esque, straight-to-video nuclear bomb shelter paranoia film (with a shocking twist!). [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Jul 19, 2012 - 8 answers

If I could control your thoughts you wouldn’t be this angry at me

My father in law is bipolar and self-medicating with alcohol. He is the sole carer for my house-bound mother in law. They live 5 hours’ drive away and they resist efforts to help them. How do I best cope with him? How do I practically help them both? Long and painful story below the cut. [more inside]
posted by little-egglplant on Jul 16, 2012 - 9 answers

Don't go readin' my texts!..

...they couldn't if they tried? Do employers read text messages on employer paid cell phones? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 25, 2012 - 13 answers

ID theft?

Paranonia or ID theft? How do I find out, who to report it to? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by misspat on Jun 13, 2012 - 13 answers

Do bedbugs like cars?

I'm paranoid about bedbugs, probably from reading too much Ask.Mefi. Help fill in the gaps for my one weak spot in a vacation plan. [more inside]
posted by Addlepated on Jun 11, 2012 - 15 answers

Why does Klout think I'm "influential in paranoia"?

Why does Klout think I'm "influential in paranoia"? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 15, 2012 - 14 answers

"Is it the sea you hear in me, its dissatisfactions? Or the voice of nothing, that was your madness?"

How do I deal with my (very insecure and overly sensitive) friend's tendency to take things said in passing as deep, personal criticisms? I used to be able to take it in stride but his recent prescription steroid treatments have ramped this trait up to stratospheric levels. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 4, 2012 - 8 answers

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