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If I could grow my hair through a Space Echo, the world would be a better place.

Help me understand why I am losing hair! [more inside]
posted by setanor on Nov 24, 2009 - 26 answers

This anxiety is obnoxious.

I'm stressed. Frequently. It seems like it's always to do with interactions with friends and lovers, but it's dragging me down. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 24, 2009 - 8 answers

Mom at her wit's end / Therapy in San Diego

My mom has always had high anxiety, been prone to fear and pessimism, and has tended to focus on her fears in a very repetitive, verbal way that is often tiring to those around her. Her situation has worsened recently for several reasons. I want to help her find help. This question is both about therapy in general and for recommendations in San Diego in particular. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 23, 2009 - 9 answers

I can't live up to my image of me.

My guilt is getting a little out of control, but my issue is that I don't know whether or not it is justified. Looking for advice from those prone to worrying. [more inside]
posted by wild like kudzu on Nov 1, 2009 - 13 answers

Explaining anxiety to an adviser

Serious anxiety issues have caused be to break off contact with my adviser. How do I explain the situation to him? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 23, 2009 - 18 answers

Hi, I'm an incompetent moron!

I have a new job where I'm going to get yelled at a lot. What are your tips for becoming comfortable with getting yelled at a lot, or your tips for defusing such a situation? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Oct 23, 2009 - 32 answers

Should I keep taking Adderall?

I was recently diagnosed with adult ADHD (inattentive type) and put on Adderall. I have very, very mixed feelings about this -- hopeful, because it seems to really be helping me in multiple areas of my life, but also anxious that it is a crutch that I can't use forever. Does anyone have any insight or anecdotes to help me either (1) feel better about being on Adderall, or (2) come up with an alternative plan to manage my issues? [more inside]
posted by dumbledore69 on Oct 19, 2009 - 23 answers

Stress Detector

Is there a device that can automatically observe your stress levels in real-time? [more inside]
posted by philosophistry on Oct 16, 2009 - 9 answers

Stressing out about stressing out.

Is there any evidence to suggest that a single, isolated stressful event can shorten one's lifespan, even by a little? For example, if I'm generally calm but I get in a particularly heated argument with someone, is there any scenario under which I'd be able to truthfully say that I shortened my lifespan as a result of the stress associated with this argument? Short of having a heart attack in the process, of course.
posted by iamisaid on Oct 6, 2009 - 8 answers

Dealing with stress?

If you give me a checklist of signs of serious stress or depression, I can check off pretty much all of them. Constant anxiety, panic attacks, flares of irritation at trivial things, headaches, feeling the overwhelming urge to break down and cry or just snap and yell at someone, exhaustion, lack of sleep, inability to enjoy my time off and alas heavy loss of libido. How do I cope when I can't escape what's causing me stress? [more inside]
posted by ArkhanJG on Sep 28, 2009 - 32 answers

How bad is too bad?

I know all jobs come with some tedium, some hankering for freedom, but I've never felt as desolate as I do now. How bad can the wrong job make you feel? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 24, 2009 - 22 answers

How do I salvage a fractious relationship?

Relationshipfilter: Is there any way to salvage our relationship once and for all? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 16, 2009 - 20 answers

CAN YOU TELL HOW INTENSELY WORRIED I AM ABOUT THESE ISSUES (tears out hair)

A question about how to calm down. I am having a lot of trouble formulating this question, so forgive me if it's a little bit all over the place. [more inside]
posted by prefpara on Sep 16, 2009 - 37 answers

Roommate negotiations... ugh...

So, I have a roommate. We were friends before living together, and for the most part we get along fine. We've had some arguments, but we seem to have gotten past them. Now I'm just feeling frustrated by some nit-picky things she does and I want to know if I should address them at all, and how not to be insulting or irritating. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 11, 2009 - 40 answers

Finding the Eye in the Storm

What are your secrets to maintaining sanity in this increasingly connected and busy world? [more inside]
posted by sciencemandan on Sep 8, 2009 - 43 answers

Are these stress caused health conditions?

I've worked a lot the past few months (but will be done in a few weeks) and have noticed a few physical changes. Could stress cause these conditions? (1) When I wash my hair in the shower, I lose a couple dozen hairs down the drain (although I don't seem to be balding) (2) My right eye has started twitching several times an hour (I can feel it but my friends can't see the twitching). (3) I've gone from about 5 to about 50 grey hairs the past year. I'm a 24 year old male.
posted by lpctstr; on Aug 31, 2009 - 15 answers

Unplug from work?

How to better unplug from work? [more inside]
posted by toastchee on Aug 28, 2009 - 20 answers

I am in despair

I think I'm broken. How can I see any hope? [more inside]
posted by lndl on Aug 26, 2009 - 28 answers

How to prioritise many urgent / important issues?

Help me prioritise my career / accomodation / other goals - they all appear to be short term! [ideally UK MeFi people]. Anon because contains detailed career / personal issues. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 16, 2009 - 3 answers

Make me a better student with lower blood pressure

Help me handle/reduce assignment stress while doing uni by correspondence. [more inside]
posted by Chrysalis on Aug 13, 2009 - 9 answers

What Should I Tell The Doctor?

Doctor-Filter: I have an appointment scheduled to see a doctor this afternoon about some... sensitive issues. I'm wondering how free I should be with the information I give them, and whether or not certain factors might discourage them from giving me the treatment I feel like I need. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 12, 2009 - 20 answers

Help me stop sounding like such a ditz on the phone!

Help me stop sounding like such a ditz on the phone! [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton on Aug 4, 2009 - 19 answers

How can I perk up my pups?

I think my dogs might be depressed, how can I help? [more inside]
posted by Industrial PhD on Aug 2, 2009 - 8 answers

Need to de-stress quick

I need to relax. Badly. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jul 31, 2009 - 43 answers

Pointers on the practice of poise

How do I become more calm, or at least appear to be more calm? [more inside]
posted by thisjax on Jul 29, 2009 - 20 answers

I feel bad, but I feel like I need some space when I'm visiting my very sick father

Is it okay if I don't stay with my grandmother when I go visit my sick father? [more inside]
posted by DuckGirl on Jul 24, 2009 - 9 answers

Nice Things to Do for a Stressed Partner?

Help me help my fianceé! She just had a bunch of new responsibilities added at work and is completely stressed by them. [more inside]
posted by Inkoate on Jul 24, 2009 - 18 answers

My lymph nodes are the pits!

I'm about to schedule my third sonogram on some lymph nodes. But when should I do it? Anyone else have their armpit lymph nodes removed for biopsy? I'm trying to plan two major travel/vacation events around this as well. [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob on Jul 23, 2009 - 5 answers

oh, god, we're all going to die

How can I be less freaked-out by fireworks noises when I am living in a possible war zone? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 21, 2009 - 19 answers

Healthy ways to get anger and aggression out of my system?

Things have been super-stressful at work. My therapist keeps asking if I have a way to get all this anger and aggression and stress out of my system... and I don't! I usually just rant and get more angry. What are some better ways to get the frustration out? [more inside]
posted by heatherann on Jul 21, 2009 - 55 answers

I want to free my brother from his stomach issues.

What could be wrong with my brother's stomach? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Jul 13, 2009 - 18 answers

How do I deal with a phobia that came from being around a cutter?

What do I do about a persistent phobia and why is it getting worse? Reading this question (how scary is blood) I had an instant reaction of starting to hyperventilate a bit, though I got it under control quickly (also stopped reading). As I get older and the more I'm aware of it, this reaction gets stronger. Explanation involves a friend who was a cutter so be aware if this is a trigger for you. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 11, 2009 - 4 answers

How can I work through my work-related anxiety?

Recommendations for overcoming fear and anxiety about work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 6, 2009 - 10 answers

Is going through this to own a home worth it?

Buying a house has been a nightmare. How do we deal with this latest situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 4, 2009 - 13 answers

Stress Strain Diagram

Looking for a quality Stress-Strain Diagram of Structural (Mild) Steel to use to study from. [more inside]
posted by gzimmer on Jul 3, 2009 - 2 answers

How much is it worth to be worth less?

Have you left a high-paying but bad-fitting job? How and when did you decide to go? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 28, 2009 - 17 answers

I think I might be about to flunk out of college for the second time.

I think I might be about to flunk out of college for the second time. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 30, 2009 - 30 answers

I want to shut down.

Work stress is killing me. Help me get my mind off work when I'm not at work? [more inside]
posted by drea on May 21, 2009 - 17 answers

How to cope with day job / school stress

Help me deal emotionally with a bad case of academic jealousy. [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on May 13, 2009 - 16 answers

I need direction and some more motivation in my life.

I am getting extremely anxious about applying to colleges as a transfer student and I need advice on how to deal with it. [more inside]
posted by mind2body on May 10, 2009 - 10 answers

I'm not trapped. How do I persuade myself of this?

I am pretty miserable and aware my lifestyle needs to change. I think I have a good sense of what is causing this, and I can list for you the things I want more of in my life but cannot get over some sort of bizarre mental blocks about loosening up and the feeling that if I do it will ruin my and my husband’s lives. How can I cure my addiction to stability and what concrete things do you think I should do to get out of this rut? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 8, 2009 - 14 answers

Stove Top Lovin

Lovely much loved wife has major mental lapse: she leaves the stove/oven on almost daily. What methods can we use to break this potentially disastrous habit? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 7, 2009 - 64 answers

Solutions for burnout

I feel stressed out, fat, and awful. Do I need therapy, weight watchers, a medication adjustment, or to just buck up and exercise? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 6, 2009 - 25 answers

I'm stressed! I need sex NOW!

Why do I feel like I'm craving sex when I get anxious or stressed out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 20, 2009 - 12 answers

Help me to stop my future career from taking over my life!

I need advice or a good book to read on how to (i)not let my career and continuing education take over my life and (ii) keep myself from being negatively transformed through stressful experiences. [more inside]
posted by sciencemandan on Apr 19, 2009 - 7 answers

A book for coping with stress?

Recommendations for a book on coping / handling stress? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 18, 2009 - 7 answers

Post-Robbery Anxiety

Robbed on the street in daylight - didn't get hurt, didn't lose much, but I'm worried about the anxiety and stress of the aftermath. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 13, 2009 - 19 answers

How Do I Stop Burning Up?

CrisisFilter: when I'm in a meeting and there's a question that everyone looks at me to answer, I burn up - I feel my face redden, my ears start to glow and my back heats up and starts to sweat. Why is this a crisis? I've just been made Training Manager. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 12, 2009 - 12 answers

How can I comfort myself instead of leaning on my stressed-out boyfriend?

Help! My boyfriend/roommate has less time for me than he used to, and now I feel like I'm sabotaging my relationship with insecurity and anxiety. Help me deal with this without being crazy and treating my already-stressed boyfriend badly. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 6, 2009 - 18 answers

JobStress-Filter

Is my job destroying my mind? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Mar 29, 2009 - 16 answers

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