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I want to ride a bike to work, but that is.. terrifying.

I rode a bike when I was a kid, but that was about 15-20 years ago now. In order to get to work I'd have to go down a mid-steep hill, covered in gravel and/or mulch. I'm finding it really scary, is it possible to feel confident on a bike, starting essentially from scratch? what kind of bike? help! [more inside]
posted by euphoria066 on Apr 17, 2014 - 19 answers

What to do if nude photos were ever leaked?

I’m in my very early twenties. I made some horrific decisions in my late teens to send guys naked photos of myself. Yes, completely naked. Yes, including my face. While none of them have leaked as far as I know, I’ve been extremely anxious about the possibility that they one day will. I pray everyday for it not to happen. I was young, stupid, insecure. I’m going into a field where, if I’m successful, I’ll be in the public eye, where I’ll be well-known to some degree. I worry that one day these photos will either be used as blackmail or be leaked…or that it’ll ruin a blossoming career. I worry that the bad decisions I made to hurt myself will haunt me. What can I do to alleviate this risk, and if it does indeed happen, how can I deal with it in the best way to save my career, relationships, soul? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 24, 2013 - 43 answers

Scared of heartache

Scared of heartache. A brief background... I was together with someone for 5 years, married for less than a year before I initiated a divorce which was finalized this month. [more inside]
posted by love2much on May 20, 2013 - 7 answers

How can I most peacefully exit an abusive housing situation?

I called for a house meeting to address a housemates abusive behavior towards me but have determined that the best option for me is to simply remove myself from the situation and move out. Do I call off the meeting or do I still have it and then tell the house later that I want to move out or something else? [more inside]
posted by defmute on Mar 19, 2013 - 23 answers

Backing up my old emails

At work I'm using a Macbook Pro with OS X 10.7.4, running Outlook 2011. Today, I have to ship off this computer to get an upgrade and security update, and they will be wiping out the contents of the hard drive. They've left us very minimal instructions to back up any files we need. For me, the absolute most important thing is having access to all of my old emails and their attachments. So, QUESTION: how do I backup all of my emails in Outlook so that I'll be able to access them on my newly-wiped computer? Where are email files stored on my computer? How can I back up the attachments on the old emails? How do I avert total disaster?
posted by naju on Feb 22, 2013 - 11 answers

How To Deal With My Parents' Fighting?

My parents fight. A lot. My brother is able to drown out the fights somehow and stay neutral. I am not--I get in between the fights and support my mother. And this obviously, does not sit well with my father, who calls me names and tells me he doesn't love me and blames me for fights. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by rhythm_queen on Dec 8, 2012 - 29 answers

Cat suddenly scared of everything?

My usually-bold cat is suddenly scared of everything (sudden movements, noises), and acting like he is seeing something that is not there. [more inside]
posted by angermanagement on Dec 6, 2012 - 18 answers

coping with creepy crawlies

How do I cope with the fact that there is very likely a large spider running free in my apartment. [more inside]
posted by HMSSM on Jul 2, 2012 - 19 answers

This Cat's Never Gonna Leave the Bed, Will He.

New cat is not exploring new home. How do we convince him we are nice people? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Jun 27, 2012 - 24 answers

I think I'm in a bad place, and I'm afraid to leave. Why?

I'm an depressed employee in what I think could be defined as a toxic work environment. Another opportunity is popping up elsewhere - why does it feel so hard to jump ship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 8, 2012 - 23 answers

Why do the backs of my legs tingle when I'm afraid?

Why do the backs of my legs tingle when I'm scared? [more inside]
posted by facetious on Jan 30, 2012 - 9 answers

I don't want to be sad anymore.

How can I battle depression and insomnia (I think they're related, actually) without meds or doctors? [more inside]
posted by bryanthecook on Jan 6, 2012 - 36 answers

How to have a baby and a life?

Pregnant and Scared: How to have a baby and a life? Advice desperately needed: Were you somehow able to fulfill your dreams (travel, career, etc.) with a baby, especially if you were middle class (or lower) economically? If so, how did you do it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 18, 2011 - 65 answers

you can't be afraid of people just because they look different

My 7-year old daughter is afraid of a child with a facial deformity at her school. Does anyone have suggestions for helping us overcome this? [more inside]
posted by astrid on Sep 4, 2011 - 35 answers

I'm peeing a LOT and drinking a ton of water. All blood work has come back normal. So what could it be, besides diabetes?

I'm peeing a LOT and drinking a ton of water. All blood work has come back normal. So what could it be, besides diabetes? [more inside]
posted by tamagogirl on May 29, 2011 - 44 answers

dog acting scared/sick

What can I do about my dog who has been hiding under chairs and blankets shaking everyday for the last week. [more inside]
posted by ljs30 on Apr 9, 2011 - 19 answers

No job and scared.

Today I was fired from my job of 10 years. I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 22, 2011 - 29 answers

Oh Shit, You Mean This is Forever?

Why do I get panicky and want to quit right after getting full-time work? How can I stop this from happening? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 10, 2010 - 20 answers

i scream in my mind all day

i feel like there are two of me and i am constantly fighting myself it is exhausting (big ol' long crazy post inside) [more inside]
posted by inmyhead on Aug 6, 2010 - 23 answers

Please help me

New to anxiety... [more inside]
posted by Neonshock on Jun 26, 2010 - 31 answers

I am scared of change. Advice?

Got an internship in San Jose, CA. Have to move to another city for 2,5 months. Really, really, really scared about details (transportation, roommates, the actual work itself) instead of enjoying the opportunity and preparing myself for a good experience. Help? [more inside]
posted by kuju on Apr 29, 2010 - 18 answers

Dentist is Scary. How to get over it?

How can I drag myself back to the dentist when I'm scared of him? [more inside]
posted by weasel on Feb 21, 2010 - 20 answers

I don't want to go, but I should. Help me find a dentist and help me get over my fear.

I'm scared of going to the dentist. How do I find one that will understand and how do I prepare myself for going to my first appointment in years? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 16, 2009 - 22 answers

Scared to death?

What is this story about someone literally scared to death? [more inside]
posted by ladypants on Aug 12, 2009 - 2 answers

Twitch cry.

How can I minimize the effects horror stories have on me? [more inside]
posted by Phire on Mar 14, 2009 - 27 answers

it's a LEEP year!!!

I decided on my obgyn last minute, when the one I wanted wasnt taking new patients. My pap came back abnormal and I had to have a biopsy. They found I have moderate cervical dysplasia. I am scheduled to get a LEEP procedure. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 2, 2009 - 15 answers

I'm just a silly little girl with grownup problems.

Okay. I've been dating my boyfriend for 7 months, and living with him for 3. We've been having some problems, and I'm seriously considering moving out, so... what do I do? [more inside]
posted by big open mouth on Feb 27, 2009 - 46 answers

How do you build trust with a dog that is scared of you?

DogFilter: How do you build trust with a dog that is scared of you? [more inside]
posted by bwilms on Dec 16, 2008 - 24 answers

I spent EIGHT months for you! And for WHAT?!

I feel like I'm going through a breakup - only it isn't with a person, it's with an intangible thing. I know intellectually that I'll get better, but it's just been the first few days and I'm hurting so much. How do I heal? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jul 1, 2008 - 13 answers

Are you really only ever six feet away from a spider at any given time?

Are you really only ever six feet away from a spider at any given time? [more inside]
posted by birdlips on Sep 27, 2007 - 22 answers

Help me overcome my fears

How can I stop being so scared? [more inside]
posted by elquien on Nov 13, 2006 - 24 answers

That scary tingly feeling

So today, I was driving down the road in pretty thick traffic and had to hit my brakes really hard to avoid a crash. As always, with every adrenaline related incident, I got this very sudden tingly feeling all over, most notably in my neck. What is the physical cause of this? Muscles tightening, increased blood flow or something completely different?
posted by chiababe on Mar 15, 2005 - 12 answers

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