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Imposter syndrome on a massive scale

I'll be turning 25 in two months' time. For a variety of reasons, some of which can be teased out with a thorough reading of my ask history ( chief among them the fall-out of a cerebral palsy diagnosis, namely a llifelong sense of otherness and a lack of familiarity with what it means to be the author of one's own life), I feel like there's a huge discrepancy between that number and the ccoping skills, initative, emotional balance and vision for the future that I have to show for it ( a lack thereof, in my case). How do I adult when I feel so stunted? Vaguely Freudian wall of snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Nov 2, 2014 - 14 answers

Okay, okay. I'm getting therapy. ...How do I do this?

After struggling with a few largely non-crisis issues for the last eight years or so, I've decided to go see a therapist. I've seen a counselor before, and she's lovely, but I feel like I need more cognitive insight now. I found my current counselor by calling the local Pride Center and getting a list of names, then going with the first one who answered their phone. I want to make a more informed decision this time. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 10, 2014 - 5 answers

I need a job yesterday. I'm still stuck. Where do I go from here?

Many of the details in this question still apply. Logistics aren't that big of a deal anymore, and I'm chipping away ever so slowly at my social anxiety and fluency issue, but I'm still without prospects and now about $12k in debt on account of some reckless impulse spending and unpaid debt from college. Can the hivemind help get me out from under this? Snowstorm inside. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Jul 28, 2014 - 7 answers

How do decent human beings live with pedophilia?

I'm obviously not talking about people who act on it. But we don't choose our fetishes, and I've read a few tortured anonymous accounts of people who don't want to molest children and will never act on it, but nevertheless suffer with that compulsion. So I'm wondering what resources they use to cope. [more inside]
posted by Because on Jun 12, 2014 - 15 answers

I can't stop not doing my final project. I don't want to fail. Help.

This is my last semester of college, and there's a major project I haven't worked on for weeks. Parts of it are past due. Other people are counting on me. I feel paralyzed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 2, 2014 - 23 answers

Major Depressive Disorder and Imaginative Fiction

I've been depressed for many years. It has sapped my creative powers. I've had enough. How can I live as a depressed person, but elevate above the limitations this has imposed on me in the past to escape into a writing practice that could create imaginative works of fiction? [more inside]
posted by samizdat on Feb 3, 2014 - 15 answers

How Do I (Politely) Quit My Therapist?

I've been seeing the same therapist, mostly once a week, for a little over two years. I feel like we're going around in circles. It may be me (it probably is), but he's been very patient and flexible with me on a variety of issues (including financial--he's not covered by my insurance.) What's the most respectful to say adieu and jump ship [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 2, 2014 - 14 answers

Dead ends everywhere I look

That I've posed this question more than once before in various forms doesn't say very many good things, but the circumstances being what they are, I have to hope the answer is yet to be found. That's all I've got really- hope.I'm a 23 year old recent college grad ( in May, with a BA in psychology from Stony Brook University in NY), looking for love, a job, a journey and a purpose. I'm also in a wheelchair, unable to speak fluently in an increasing percentage of life situations, grossly overweight, unmotivated and uninspired. Help me build a life away from my couch and outside of daytime TV, Facebook and lies. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Oct 10, 2013 - 25 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

How can I tell the difference between depression and plain old laziness?

What is it like to be lazy or whiny but NOT depressed? Please share your stories of irresponsible laid back behavior so we depressives can finally see the difference. [more inside]
posted by iamleda on Apr 11, 2013 - 38 answers

Happiness as a choice for the clinically depressed?

I've been constantly told that key to being okay again is to "choose one's happiness" - both by strangers on the internet and the very closest people in my life. I've been diagnosed with mild-to-severe depression and anxiety for three years now (there is a bit more to that, though). Since most of the before-mentioned friends (etc) wanted me to stop taking antidepressants, I am without them for now. So, since everything I found by sending my queries to Google was meant for "normal people" who are "feeling a bit depressed", I would be grateful to know how these approaches apply to those with actual mental health issues, if they do at all. [more inside]
posted by 9080 on Jan 9, 2013 - 36 answers

Resources on Adult Attachment Therapy?

I may be starting adult attachment therapy in the next week, on the advice of a crisis counselor and after a few years of on-and-off treatment for anxiety and depression that's not getting me very far. Point me to some quality, hopefully easy to find resources that can spell out what the experience might be like. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 18, 2012 - 4 answers

Hope for Recovery and Repair?

Recovery from severe depression + sleep deprivation + personality change possible? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 30, 2012 - 9 answers

Can you really hold down a job? REALLY?

How do you figure out whether or not your mental illness is serious enough to (basically) permanently stop working? Are there books or worksheets you can use to sort this out? [more inside]
posted by Fee Phi Faux Phumb I Smell t'Socks o' a Puppetman! on Jun 22, 2012 - 13 answers

I need someone to make sure I do my chores...

How can I find help keeping up with life? I need an option between permanent supportive housing and crap, I haven't taken out the trash or paid a bill in three months. [more inside]
posted by Fee Phi Faux Phumb I Smell t'Socks o' a Puppetman! on May 14, 2012 - 13 answers

Walkabout? Vision quest?

What do people outside of the U.S. do when they're feeling depressed and aimless? Are there different cultural traditions, rituals or events to pick yourself up and set a new path for yourself? Something more than "take a walk to clear your head?"
posted by Cool Papa Bell on May 13, 2012 - 14 answers

Are you a reformed malingerer? How did you quit?

I'm the boy who cried wolf! (or 'ouch'!) Help me stop, especially in light of the fact that this behavior has been positively reinforced at some points. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 9, 2012 - 5 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

Sticking to positive topics in online journals

How can I keep to positive topics when journaling? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Mar 4, 2012 - 9 answers

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

This is not the time to be randomly guessing

How should I structure my gradual return to full-time work after two months off for a psychiatric illness? Have you actually done this, and if so, do you have tips? Have you even known or heard of someone who did a part-time transition after disability leave? All advice sought in creating my return-to-work plan. [more inside]
posted by Fee Phi Faux Phumb I Smell t'Socks o' a Puppetman! on Oct 30, 2011 - 5 answers

Stupidity or self esteem?

He says it's poor memory and stupidity. I say it's low self esteem and insecurity. How to tell? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 25, 2011 - 20 answers

Am I paying too much for therapy?

I found a CBT doctor here in NYC, Dr. Fader, and he charges $300 per session with no sliding scale. My insurance, United Healthcare, covers 70% after I hit my $500 deductible. So after hitting that I would be paying $90 out of pocket. Is this a typical amount to pay w/insurance? I'm asking because I can always look around, but this doctor is supposed to be very good and if it's a typical price I might as well stay with him. Thoughts?
posted by blunt_eastwood on Jul 19, 2011 - 20 answers

How do I find a good CBT doctor in NYC?

I have dystemic depression and I'd like to try CBT. I found an in-network doctor but he doesn't push me at all. Im looking for someone who will give me structured exercises and be tough on me. Im tired of just talking about things all the time. I have United Healthcare Insurance and I've found plenty of doctors in the directory, but I have no way of knowing if they are any good. Any ideas?
posted by blunt_eastwood on Jun 24, 2011 - 7 answers

pms vs. depression

What are the physiological and psychological differences of the emotional symptoms of pms vs. depression? [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on May 4, 2011 - 5 answers

Searching for articles comparing efficacy of CBT versus other forms of treatment

I wanted to give someone a link to a paper comparing the efficacy of CBT versus other methods for treating depression, but I can't find it in my bookmarks. Could someone follow up with links/a link comparing the efficacies of treatments for depression? [more inside]
posted by bleary on Mar 20, 2011 - 6 answers

What is anxiety? How do you know if you have anxiety? Have you personally overcome it?

What is anxiety? How do you know when you're anxious? I’d like to read descriptions of what it feels like to be chronically anxious or hear how you know when you yourself are experiencing higher levels. I’d also like to know how you take care of yourself when it comes up. Have you dealt with it and overcome it? Books or your own descriptions are very welcome. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 3, 2010 - 41 answers

Even the Seinfeld chain of Xs doesn't work

Sustained Motivation: I've searched but come up empty. Please hope me. The general answer to mood-related questions, both here and from therapy, is "keep track of your mood". I can't do that. I lose interest after a few days because "I"m fine now, that was a lot of huffle about nothing." [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 29, 2010 - 12 answers

That Boy Needs Therapy

I'm a male in my early twenties who has washed out of college and is looking for a mental health professional of some sort in Northern Virginia. Issues I feel are likely to come up are my (long-ago diagnosed) attention deficit disorder, depression, and some form of OCD - I have a deep and (likely irrational) fear of psychosis and other impairments of cognition. I am deeply wary of psychiatric drugs, and want to work with someone who shares my attitude toward them, but would recommend them as a last resort. So what I'm after is some sort of talk therapy, preferably with a medical doctor (as oppose to "just" a PhD). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 13, 2009 - 11 answers

Side effects of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Are there really no side effects to cognitive-behavioral therapy? Has anybody had a bad outcome or weird experience? [more inside]
posted by pauldonato on Jul 4, 2009 - 21 answers

In the red corner, a bad mood. In the blue corner, an even worse mood. FIGHT!

I just got back from a psychiatric evaluation. The diagnostic impression is "chronic major depressive disorder versus dysthymia." What does "versus" mean in this context? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 19, 2009 - 15 answers

Spontaneously going from left to right handed

About ten years ago I was admitted to the mental health ward of my local hospital due to severe depression and anxiety. When being given an admission interview by a psychiatrist/psychologist (I am unsure which) she asked me 'Did you ever spontaneously change handedness, from right to left or from left to right'. I would have taken this as the madness normally associated with such people but, as a child, I did spontaneously change from being left handed to being right handed and have remained right handed ever since. The matter was never mentioned again and I have never made sense of the question. Any ideas?
posted by mogcat on Apr 7, 2009 - 6 answers

Why do I deserve happiness when there are other people in the world who don't have it?

Why do I deserve happiness when there are other people in the world who don't have it? I seriously need to know. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 22, 2008 - 53 answers

How to screen a therapist?

FatFilter: Help a morbidly obese woman find a compatible psychologist or therapist. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 1, 2008 - 7 answers

How to help teenager with depression?

An adolescent relative in her senior year of high school is suffering depression, and recently spoke to a psychiatrist about suicide, which resulted in her near-hospitalization. She's taken Zoloft, and done some therapy -- what now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 31, 2007 - 14 answers

dysgraphia

help me shake my writer's block! [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman on May 20, 2007 - 17 answers

Any stories of successfully breaking a depressive cycle?

Any advice -- from experience please -- for breaking a friend's cycle of depression, hospitalization, and attempted suicide? [more inside]
posted by nímwunnan on Nov 29, 2006 - 8 answers

Over-achievement, meh.

How do I stop being an over-achiever? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2006 - 19 answers

Preventive psychological prescriptions please

Trying to find ways to chill out. I need something that can occupy my mind and entertain me during the evening without putting me in a trance or putting me to sleep. I can't relate to characters on TV or novels, so all I read is non-fiction. With music, it either puts me in a trance or I get bored. I've tried meditation but it just makes me go to sleep. Basically, if I'm not actively engaged with learning something new, being creative, or solving a task, my mind shuts down and I get bored or zone out. Other people tell me, oh that's good that you don't watch TV or anything, but you know, I'm just sick of being so intense. I'm 20, male. Any suggestions, fokes?
posted by Laugh_track on Oct 9, 2006 - 35 answers

C'mon, doesn't everybody do it?

How often do you contemplate suicide? What's your score on the Beck Depression Inventory? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 13, 2006 - 79 answers

Helping a Depressed Friend

Tonight, one of my housemates checked into a safehouse. Unbeknownst to anyone else in the house, he's been cutting himself, and he's suffering from heavy depression/suicidal thoughts, mostly due to school and being away from home.

What can I do to help out? Things to do when he gets home? What would be nice to bring him while he's getting help? For anyone who's been in this situation, what did you find especially helpful/uplifting?
posted by anonymous on Jan 31, 2005 - 18 answers

Recommend a Boston therapist

I need a therapist. I recently moved to the Boston area, I don't really know anybody, and Psychology Today isn't doing it for me. I know that I'm clinically depressed (runs in the family, and relatives who are docs say so), and it's gotten worse of late. It's ruining my job, my life, and my sleep. Where do I find a top notch psychiatrist/psychologist?
posted by anonymous on Dec 12, 2004 - 8 answers

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