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Saving Throw Against Depression

Inadvertently/accidentally more-or-less kicked out of gaming group. How to deal with it? [more inside]
posted by BecauseIHadFiveDollars on Sep 5, 2014 - 22 answers

A sad, sad life

I have been isolated and depressed for 10 years. I need help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 27, 2014 - 34 answers

Unemployment is leading to a lack of enjoyment in social activities.

I have been unemployed for close to a year. Lately, I have been withdrawing for social activities due to anxiety and a lack of self-esteem. I honestly feel like a different person than I was even a year ago (in a bad way), and it shows when I interact socially; I usually don’t even have very much fun due to the social anxiety and feeling that I'm being judged. Should I even do things with friends when I am not in the right frame of mind to have a good time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 27, 2014 - 16 answers

Looking for Social Anxiety Aphorisms

I am making a small website that will offer a list of one- or two-line phrases that will help people cope with day to day minor social anxieties and the feeling that everyone hates them. I've dug through the questions here and didn't quite find what I am looking for, though please feel free to point out past questions if I have missed them. Could you help me generate a list of aphorisms or quotations (from yourself, from well known people or from CBT/feeling good type stuff) that would be good pithy reminders to help people detach themselves from negative thoughts? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 24, 2014 - 23 answers

Let's be F.R.I.E.N.D.S!

What can I do to bond with my roomates? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Sep 11, 2013 - 13 answers

Laughter is the best medicine, except when it isn't.

I laugh a lot. How do I stop? [more inside]
posted by so much modern time on Sep 3, 2013 - 6 answers

Can't live like this...

If social media and crowdsourcing is good for anything, I figure it's to find some sort of answer to questions like these. Here goes nothing... I'm a 23 year old with cerebral palsy and while I'm very much a special snowflake in that I've been gifted with normal function as far as most of my life is concerned-most importantly in terms of intellect- there's one part of my CP that's made my life smaller and more miserable than any wheelchair could. It's affected my relationships with and opportunities for friends, dates and jobs, and for a richer life in general. Help me find a way out. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Aug 21, 2013 - 24 answers

Social anxiety with strangers?

I seem to be developing social anxiety as I get older. What can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 on Aug 14, 2013 - 9 answers

How do I gain the courage to see a therapist?

I have pretty severe social anxiety. How do I gain the courage to see a therapist? I am mostly afraid of my parent's reaction. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 22, 2013 - 19 answers

How Do I Learn to Stop Worrying and Love Art School?

Due to a mix of laziness, depression, social anxiety and loneliness, I'm not doing too great in school. I really need to get it together, and I just don't know how to do it. I feel tapped out at the end of the day and I'm tired of it. I like art, but going to school for it just isn't very fulfilling. I'm thinking I just need to get through it and I'll be okay, but how do I develop the work ethic that my classmates have? [more inside]
posted by malapropist on Mar 19, 2013 - 23 answers

Gyms are scary

Help me get over my gym anxiety and stay motivated to exercise. [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Jan 28, 2013 - 31 answers

Help me enjoy my wedding (and keep from freaking out beforehand and the day of!)

What can I do to manage my stress and anxiety (about being the center of attention, the logistics, and getting married itself) on and leading up to my wedding day? And do you have any other advice to help me enjoy and appreciate my wedding? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 13, 2012 - 28 answers

Facing your Fears: Drugs, Booze and Social Anxiety

Need some advice regarding facing your fears, starting a new life, self confidence, social anxiety and self-loathing (I will be getting therapy soon) [more inside]
posted by frenchfryfrenzy on Sep 12, 2012 - 8 answers

Avoidant personality disorder - more than just social anxiety?

I think I have avoidant personality disorder. I've never actually been diagnosed, but when you look at the behaviors and symptoms, there's really no question about it. What is my question is, can I fix it? Can I deal with it? What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 27, 2012 - 22 answers

Should I invite friends to our wedding I'm not that close to?

Should I invite friends to our wedding that I'm not that close to and/or haven't really stayed in touch with? Do people think of wedding invitations as obligations to give gifts? Would it be really awkward? Or am I over-thinking this and I should just invite whoever I want to invite? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 22, 2012 - 33 answers

How can I want to make plans

I have social anxiety that psychs me out about making plans. I moved to a new city about seven months ago and still haven't seen old friends and extended family members that I really should see. Even though I enjoy hanging out with them, thinking about hanging out with them can feel like a stressful chore. I'm trying to get it together to see them and start being social, but a) how do I explain that I DO like them and am not trying to be a dismissive jerk and b) how can I stop having this problem? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 7, 2012 - 11 answers

Asking out a socially awkward friend

You're a smart, awesome guy with serious social anxiety. What's the least awful way a friend could let you know they have feelings for you? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 11, 2011 - 35 answers

Too sad to be good convo partner?

Ok, so I've been having this problem lately (and I think it's related to my recent depression) where I meet new people and kind of expect that I'll never develop any friendship with them, but then it actually does happen, and I realize in horror that when they bring up previous conversations we've had, I act completely clueless because I didn't bother to remember it in the first place, and they say something like, "Remember we were talking about how my mom lives literally right next door to you?" (seriously, that happened today) and I remember suddenly, but clearly have already made it obvious that I didn't remember it in the first place... That's been happening a lot lately, and I want to know how to recall what I talked about with people more. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 1, 2011 - 8 answers

Recommendations for NYC therapist to treat IBS and anxiety?

I've been suffering from increasing anxiety for the last year, and much to my embarrassment, my fear manifests itself by making me run to the bathroom! I'd like to see a nice therapist and nip this problem in the bud (or, butt). More details below. [more inside]
posted by doodletoo on Oct 9, 2011 - 3 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

I have it on good authority that I get to keep my shoelaces!

I'm going to an intake (evaluation/show-and-tell) session at a psychiatric partial hospitalization program, due to severe social anxiety, ADHD and most importantly my current acute bipolar depressive episode. What kinds of questions should I be asking? How should I prepare? [more inside]
posted by Fee Phi Faux Phumb I Smell t'Socks o' a Puppetman! on Aug 28, 2011 - 13 answers

In sickness and in crippling fear of you judging me

Be Excellent To Each Other: Anxious Spouse Edition [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 6, 2011 - 7 answers

Bulimia + productivity

How do you deal with bulimia, depression, or anxiety in your social/work life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 3, 2011 - 13 answers

Which ADHD med won't cause anxiety?

What's a focus-enhancing ADHD medication that won't cause anxiety or make me feel "out of it" the way caffeine does? [more inside]
posted by incandescentman on Apr 19, 2011 - 21 answers

Can you recommend a therapist in New York for anxiety?

Can anyone recommend a good therapist for anxiety issues in New York City? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 16, 2010 - 6 answers

Kava Kava questions

How dangerous is it to take Kava Kava supplements while also imbibing alcohol (but not at the same time)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 11, 2010 - 6 answers

dating for dummies

I have almost no dating experience, mainly due to my social anxiety and fear of intimacy. How can I pursue this relationship...? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 10, 2010 - 22 answers

What sort of coping methods or strategies helped you deal with social anxiety or agoraphobia

What sort of coping methods or strategies helped you deal with social anxiety or agoraphobia? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on May 8, 2010 - 9 answers

I'm out of sorts. Help me find some sorts.

I don't work or go to school. I have no friends. I live with/off my parents. Interacting with people – especially people I don't know – makes me very nervous. It's been like this for years. How do I turn my life around? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 6, 2010 - 25 answers

How can I deal with intense social anxiety so I can get on with living?

For the past few weeks, I've been struggling with especially severe social anxiety with people at work and even some of my close friends. How can I reign this in? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 31, 2010 - 6 answers

All the lonely people

The world is full of lonely people. I'd like to bring some of them together... at least the ones in my general vicinity. But I need your help in finding the best ways to go about this. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy Zaga on Nov 22, 2009 - 13 answers

Should I mention I'm mentally ill on a graduate school statement of intent

Should I mention my mental illness on my graduate school statement of intent? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2009 - 24 answers

How can I stop being so sensitive?

I'd like to be less sensitive to rejection, as well as situations that aren't actually rejection but that I take as such. I've had social anxiety for as long as I can remember (I'm nineteen), and I have only come out of my shell in the last few months. Because of this, I'm incredibly sensitive to what others may think of me, since I've never really had friends and don't want people to dislike me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 26, 2009 - 23 answers

Help me find some new drugs

I use to self-medicate with marijuana for my social-anxiety and low-level depression...can that fact be used to direct me towards a specific antidepressant? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 3, 2009 - 13 answers

Finding a primary care doctor

I haven’t been to a doctor in nearly 10 years. 100% of this is due to what I believe is social anxiety. To get a real medical opinion I’d like/need to speak to a doctor. I cannot pickup the phone. (1) Looking for primary care physician recommendations near Columbia, MD and (2) advice on what to say to the person answering the phone. [more inside]
posted by syntheticfaith on Jul 22, 2009 - 22 answers

How did you find love or companionship in spite of anxiety?

What steps did you take to find your partner in spite of social anxiety or severe shyness? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 2, 2009 - 33 answers

Looking for over-the-counter anti-anxiety medication.

What are some over-the-counter drugs (or herbal medicine) that can be taken to treat severe anxiety until I can get some health insurance? [more inside]
posted by Rhadamanthus on May 7, 2008 - 32 answers

How can I move my awareness outta my head?

Social anxiety and depersonalization...How do you get out of your head? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 10, 2008 - 8 answers

How do I know when I'm being self-assertive vs. being a jerk?

How do I know when I'm being self-assertive vs. being a jerk? [more inside]
posted by treepour on Mar 11, 2008 - 11 answers

Speech Anxiety - What to do?

How do I survive a presentation-laden semester w/ social-anxiety? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 14, 2008 - 15 answers

social anxiety help

How can I help my teenage sister deal with her horrible social anxiety? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love on Sep 27, 2007 - 19 answers

A very depressed teenager needs help..

Help me with these crippling mental disorders.. please. [more inside]
posted by CliffDiving44 on Aug 12, 2007 - 27 answers

Culturally Insensitive Foot-in-mouth Filter

Last fall, I met for the first time a Rwandan woman who was in the U.S. for work, and I made a really unfortunate culturally/racially/ethnically charged remark. I've been kicking myself ever since, but I never had a chance to do anything to remedy the situation because I haven't seen her again since. Now, more than six months later, I will be seeing her again. How should I handle this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 19, 2007 - 36 answers

What more could I do to stop going crazy?

What more could I do to stop going crazy? [more inside]
posted by hypervenom on Mar 8, 2007 - 41 answers

You scare me and I don't want to talk to you.

Is there a way to tell clients I want them to communicate with me through email instead of the phone that doesn't make me sound weird? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 31, 2007 - 39 answers

How do I help my friend get help?

I have a friend (seriously) who has serious problems with social anxiety, to the point she is sometimes paralyzed with fear or depression. She cannot hold a job because of it, and therefore has no insurance for medical attention - what can she do? [more inside]
posted by twiggy on Mar 31, 2006 - 15 answers

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