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I never thought I'd yearn for Aunt Flo so much...

Due to stress, my period has disappeared. I'm caught in seemingly neverending PMS. Is there any way I can summon my period back? Or at least mitigate the symptoms of fatigue, hunger and feeling so emotional? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 24, 2011 - 20 answers

Noise, both external and internal.

Apartment noise, and my own hypersensitivity to that noise, are intersecting with some bigger psychological issues for me about when to stick up for my needs. Help. [more inside]
posted by chameleon on Aug 22, 2011 - 30 answers

Please help me advocate for myself medically.

Please help me bolster my courage and come up with a plan. I am losing hope after being told once again that it's "all in my head" and to go to a psychiatrist. [more inside]
posted by sunnichka on Aug 18, 2011 - 22 answers

What's causing my joint pain?

Help me work out the cause of joint pain over the last two weeks. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on Aug 16, 2011 - 12 answers

How can I help someone who is being driven to (self-inflicted) violence by the economy?

Please advise me on how to help a friend whose reaction to the stock market situation is alarming to me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 11, 2011 - 19 answers

There comes a time, in every man's life, where decisions have to be made. Whether to toil, to labor, or just plain piss your days away.

This is a long question about what to do with a troublesome parent. It's less a "what would you do" and more a "what is the right thing to do" question. This is the longest question I have ever asked. I'm sorry. [more inside]
posted by TomMelee on Aug 11, 2011 - 29 answers

I know therapy will be on there somewhere...

Please help me to compile a definitive list of treatments and cures for anxiety. [more inside]
posted by guessthis on Aug 8, 2011 - 17 answers

Teething troubles at new job

My new job is really stressful and demanding, and it's making me unhappy, but I don't want to leave after only a couple of months, because it would look really weird on my resume and I would feel like a failure. Please help me stick it out for the medium-haul. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Aug 1, 2011 - 12 answers

How to handle stress at work

We are having cut backs at work. One of the office staff was laid-off and I was told directly I would be expected to do her duties along with my current duties. This starts Monday, I and everyone else in the office knows I will not be able to be as efficient as I have been up to now. How can I not stress about this? If my boss jumps on to me I have decided I will just tell her I am doing the best I can. Has anyone else been in this situation and what are some words of advice you can give me to help me through this? (I live in a small town and jobs are scarce, I need to try to keep this job unless something better comes up.)
posted by anonymous on Jul 24, 2011 - 14 answers

How to keep my emotions from sabotaging me at work

I'm responding to work stress by becoming (secretly) emotional and non-communicative. I can tell that my reaction is out of proportion to the situation - there is a lot of work and not enough bodies, and everyone in my group is overwhelmed - but I still feel very threatened. People get in my face - I act like I don't care, tell them "yeah, that isn't getting done." And after they leave I cry at my desk (again, secretly). How can I be more calm, cool, and effective? [more inside]
posted by bunderful on Jul 19, 2011 - 7 answers

Stockholm syndrome is kicking in

How do you reconcile your private and professional selves? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 18, 2011 - 15 answers

Can I be stressed out without knowing it?knowing

Can I be stressed out without knowing it? [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow on Jul 11, 2011 - 13 answers

Please help me find a way to vent/release my anger/stress.

Please help me find a way to vent/release my anger/stress. [more inside]
posted by sockpim on Jul 8, 2011 - 20 answers

How can I get a balance of interesting and important things done?

My job has a lot of responsibilities and some of them are more interesting and appealing than others. Sometimes I find myself blocked on some of the ones I like less, especially when they have stressful consequences. For example, I often need to write detailed reports for higher-ups (stressful and not enjoyable!), but I'd rather be designing new CSS stylesheets. Sometimes I just stress out about writing for a whole day and don't get anything done. I've thought of doing something more enjoyable and lower priority but I'm worried that when I'm done with that, the high-priority tasks will still be there, and they won't be any easier, appealing, or less stressful. Has anyone had any success breaking up their work like this? Have any strategies for success? How do I know how much time I can afford to spend on the low-priority stuff? How can I avoid just procrastinating on the important stuff while doing the things that make me love my job?
posted by rwatson on Jul 4, 2011 - 6 answers

Remembering To Eat?

One of my reactions to stress is to stop eating. It's not a conscious thing, food just stops being palatable and my hunger vanishes. Two days of nothing but coffee leaves me in a worse state and I ended up more stressed and it just starts over again. How do I force myself to eat when I really don't want to and break this cycle and/or what can I eat that will give me enough energy and nutrition to plow through a mood and not end up on accidental fasts?
posted by The Whelk on Jul 2, 2011 - 35 answers

How do you focus in extremely stressful long-term situations?

You know those intimidating situations or projects that strike terror into your heart? How do you think and act, even as your body's stress symptoms shoot through the roof? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 30, 2011 - 13 answers

The Dude or hobbies.

High-functioning vs. low stress - are they mutually exclusive? [more inside]
posted by Taft on Jun 29, 2011 - 6 answers

Brother can you spare a ... suggestion?

Please recommend a therapist in Houston Texas specializing in financial stress issues. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 24, 2011 - 2 answers

How do you deal with stress?

Help me figure out how to need less downtime to recover from stress. [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Jun 23, 2011 - 13 answers

How to handle tardiness?

Let me get over a hangup, pet peeve, etc of mine-- tardiness. I value being on time (or early) much more than most people my know, (my gf, friends, etc), and when I'm getting late, I get stressed, irritable and visibly annoyed. This hangup is pronounced when I feel like the tardiness is because of others. In most of all aspects of my life I'm extremely whatever-it-goes, laidback. I want to be the same way with tardiness, but keeping with my goals of being on time. Are these mutually exclusive? [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv on Jun 22, 2011 - 47 answers

I Once Was Lost But Now Am Found...?

Simple, calm question for folks who have had severe panic attacks. Nothing stressful within. Simply: is it possible to feel like you felt before they ever happened? [more inside]
posted by carlh on Jun 18, 2011 - 11 answers

How do you know if your setting yourself up for dissapointment?

I'm pursuing my dream but have so much pressure that it's not even fun anymore. Is this normal, or am I being unrealistic and setting myself up for disappointment? [more inside]
posted by Jofecopa on Jun 17, 2011 - 16 answers

How can I feel better when I'm feeling overwhelmed?

How do I keep my chin up when I’m feeling overwhelmed in every part of my life? [more inside]
posted by gumtree on Jun 7, 2011 - 9 answers

Waiting for MRI results...

YANMD filter: what could a "lesion on my left fibular region" be? Google scares me. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jun 6, 2011 - 8 answers

Breaking a run of small screwups

If I have made a mistake at work (or in general), I am much, much more likely to make another mistake soon afterwards. How can I get focused and correct a problem without making yet more mistakes? [more inside]
posted by Elysum on Jun 2, 2011 - 12 answers

Are all hospitals like this?

How can I make the most of a loved one's unwanted hospital stay? I want him to get the best care possible, I want to avoid insurance conflicts, I want to support his recovery efforts, and I want to avoid going insane. [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on May 24, 2011 - 22 answers

AMYGDALA! Y U SO CRAZY???

Neuroendocrinology filter: Suggested readings on the affects of chronic stress on the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and the amygdala? [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline on May 18, 2011 - 3 answers

Empathy is all well and good but this is getting silly.

How do I become less easily affected by other people's stress levels? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on May 18, 2011 - 12 answers

Frankie say Relax

Seven-year-old boy incredibly defensive, takes everything too seriously and overreacts to criticism. Have you been one or had a child like this and can offer advice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 11, 2011 - 23 answers

Does this situation sound like stress-induced erectile dysfunction?

Does this situation sound like stress-induced erectile dysfunction? What can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 30, 2011 - 3 answers

Should I be content to do a poor job?

Career: New job, rapidly discovering I don't like the way the place works, but need to stick it out. How to adjust my expectations in order to survive? [more inside]
posted by Franny26 on Apr 16, 2011 - 22 answers

Please help me

My annual review at work is coming up in three days. I’ve messed up, really bad. I feel like my life is about to be over. How do I get through this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 12, 2011 - 39 answers

How do I make the most of this quarter, rediscover myself, and recover from hitting rock bottom?

How do I make the most of this quarter, rediscover myself, and recover from hitting rock bottom? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 5, 2011 - 7 answers

The Joy of Work

I'm starting a new job. What are the weird little things you do on a daily, or weekly basis to a) get up to speed in a new workplace, or b) 'get your game on' to be worky/professional at your job, or c) quite literally, not go crazy from work-stress? [more inside]
posted by Elysum on Apr 4, 2011 - 13 answers

New Home Office "HR" Policies

I'll soon be working from home full time. What are some "policies" I can enact for my home office to keep my productivity, sanity and health intact? [more inside]
posted by Diplodocus on Mar 31, 2011 - 21 answers

How can I deal with this horrible horrible job stress?

How can I deal with this horrible horrible job stress? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 24, 2011 - 5 answers

Mommy!!! :D :D *smack*

How can I help my 4-year-old begin developing healthy stress coping mechanisms? [more inside]
posted by bardophile on Mar 19, 2011 - 20 answers

Tell me about your mother...

Help me feel less anxious in general but in this specific situation too. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 15, 2011 - 11 answers

We don't want to crack the wedding bells!

I’m getting married this Saturday, and I’m certain I’m going to forget something or mess something up. Can you give me some advice? What things did you forget about, mess up, or learn from during your experience? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Mar 14, 2011 - 81 answers

From here to there to everywhere, when do I get some sleep?

How can I get to sleep sooner? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 9, 2011 - 30 answers

What is it like to work as a secretary in a large marketing agency?

Is a secretarial or clerical job in a marketing agency a reletively low stress 9-5 job? [more inside]
posted by Jade_bug on Mar 5, 2011 - 16 answers

How can I better deal with stress?

How can I better deal with stress and manage my workload? I work part time, and go to school full time and I am having a hard time coping. [more inside]
posted by mister-m on Mar 2, 2011 - 14 answers

How do I get that holiday feeling?

How do I make my (stay-at-home) holiday feel like a real break? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Mar 1, 2011 - 9 answers

Is it normal to get this freaked out?

In situations where I am stressed, both minorly and majorly, I sometimes get totally overwhelmed by the things I hear and see. It makes my heart race and I become unable to speak or think. Is this normal, or could it be indicative of a psychiatric disorder? I know, you are not my doctor. And I plan to see a therapist once I can afford one, but that won't be for a few months.
posted by Night_owl on Feb 25, 2011 - 12 answers

Managing anxiety and depression in a stressful job

How do those of you with depression and anxiety manage demanding professional jobs? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 20, 2011 - 11 answers

What's causing my sudden headaches?

YANAD - What could be the cause of a recurring headache on the back of my head? [more inside]
posted by IzzeYum on Feb 17, 2011 - 12 answers

If I give in, I'm giving in to all the cute, fuzzy bunnies in the world.

All of the places I trust to provide comfort and security, in any form, are imploding. I've already been existing in coping mode; what can I do now (particularly day-to-day)? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Feb 15, 2011 - 10 answers

Why does my chest flush so easily?

My chest and neck are very prone to flushing. Emotional stress, itchy sweaters, and just about everything else cause bright red patches to appear. How can I control this? [more inside]
posted by lockstitch on Feb 13, 2011 - 11 answers

How do you accept that some things will never change?

How do you accept that some things really won't change? [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Feb 9, 2011 - 16 answers

How to relax in dreamland and wake up feeling good?

I'd like to hear from anyone who has overcome excessive tension in the jaw, neck and upper back during sleep. I wake up feeling very stressed and tense and it's a drag. [more inside]
posted by FormerMermaid on Feb 7, 2011 - 19 answers

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