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January 18

What's a good computer program for improving ADHD / working memory?

My ADHD is a constant problem in my life, and I expect that will continue, but I've heard that there is software that can improve working memory and that, in turn, can improve ADHD over a course of five or six weeks. I'd like to try this! Do you have any recommendations for software?
posted by Alex Haist at 1:28 PM - 5 answers

Depression Is Awful. On The Cusp of Trying Meds Again. Help!

I will try to keep this short. I have had lifelong OCD/Anxiety/Depression. I tried meds in the past. I have been in therapy for a decade. I’ve done it all, including ketamine infusions. Docs want me to try meds again. Info inside [more inside]
posted by kbbbo at 9:30 AM - 15 answers

January 17

Why do I see weird shapes when I'm getting sick?

Sometimes when I'm getting sick, one of the first symptoms to manifest is perceiving recurring patterns of weird shapes in motion. Help me understand what's going on. [more inside]
posted by JauntyFedora at 2:13 PM - 23 answers

Pros and cons of hiring a doula

Mr. Circle and I are thinking of hiring a doula for our baby's birth in June, but we are on the fence. Please share your experience, either as parents who hired one, professionals who've worked with one, or if you ARE one... we'd love some perspectives. [more inside]
posted by onecircleaday at 1:44 PM - 36 answers

Commercial TP Dispensers -- How do they work?

Rather, how do I work them? Can someone give me instructions in how to pull tp off the commercial dispenser when the first roll is used up and the second roll drops down? [more inside]
posted by janey47 at 8:44 AM - 6 answers

UTI? Kidney stone? Poltergeist in the bladder?

I've been experiencing bladder pain for a couple of days. Never had a UTI or kidney stone before so I don't know if the pain is consistent with either of those things or something else (digestive/reproductive?). I'd be interested in hearing from people who've experienced this kind of pain before, and what the cause turned out to be. [more inside]
posted by terretu at 6:31 AM - 14 answers

YouTube fitness routines with...

Bare minimum weight-loss related chat please. I expect some, but that's not the reason why I exercise. I tend to prefer longer routines to High-Intensity stuff, and the less equipment the better. Thanks.
posted by threetwentytwo at 4:43 AM - 3 answers

Weight loss surgery: Recipe for failure?

You'll know from my question history that my life is pretty much defined by disorder. Long-standing cerebral palsy, depression and anxiety diagnoses, depressed parents, a messy house and no job, as of yet are just some examples of things that need changing. I have no energy to change much of this, and can feel my health deteriorating. I rely on way too many medications and caffeine to function. I almost never walk anymore. I need to lose about 100 lbs, but as someone in a wheelchair whose parents are not supportive, is WLS the right way to go? WOT and snowflakes inside, sorry. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 at 3:07 AM - 28 answers

January 16

ISO therapist recommendations in Triangle, NC

New location, same concerns for the kid in this question. [more inside]
posted by Sweetie Darling at 7:55 AM - 4 answers

Why did the CPI for medical care in PA / NJ / DE / MD in 2017 stay flat?

In looking at the 2017 annual stats from the Labor dept for medical care CPI, I noticed something rather odd. Unlike every other region in the US, and unlike the total overall CPI trend for the region itself, the medical care CPI for PA / NJ / DE / MD was almost flat in 2017 - 0.4%. This is a strange outlier. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 7:52 AM - 4 answers

January 15

Best trimmer for pubic hair? (must be available in the UK)

I'm looking for recommendations about specific models / brands, but also types that work well (e.g. ceramic blades?) I can't seem to find trimmers specifically for pubic hair (for a woman, if it matters). I don't know if I can use head-hair clippers or a beard trimmer. (I don't want to shave using a razor, as this makes me itchy. I want to trim, but the closer the trim the better.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:10 PM - 11 answers

Orthodontic Retainers in San Francisco

My retainers are falling apart, and I need to get new ones. It's been stressfully opaque to try to figure out where to go, though, since pricing seems to vary by clinic. Looking for data points from any SF Mefites: what clinic did you use, and how much was it? I'm looking to get top and bottom Hawley retainers.
posted by estlin at 11:43 AM - 1 answers

Hearing amplifiers vs. hearing aids - any experiences?

I have moderate hearing loss in my right ear, mostly high frequency. This was discovered when I was a little kid, and I'm 47 now. It has gotten worse over the years and has made social and professional situations difficult. I am currently trying a set of Otofonix amplifiers, both ears and want opinions on these vs. "real" hearing aids. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by jeff-o-matic at 7:39 AM - 6 answers

January 14

I pretty much never drink water. Is this bad?

I almost never drink water because: (i) I am not thirsty very much; and (ii) I don't really like drinking plain old water. Is this bad? [more inside]
posted by Mid at 2:08 PM - 16 answers

Best practices for running/hiking hills with Achilles’ tendon issues?

I would really like to start hiking/running, but I live in a mostly hilly area and have had an achy Achilles’ tendon for the past two years. Looking for protection, better habits, tips, etc. [more inside]
posted by Vaike at 12:13 PM - 5 answers

Help me talk to my doctor about my symptoms

I'm having this sensation of vibration coming from the center of my torso which is mild and ignorable at first but then gets stronger over a while until it manifests in things like hand tremors so strong I can't write or type or eat, or also my legs nearly giving way under me when I try to walk. As the trembling gets stronger, a sort of mental fog takes over me making it hard to function. Then over time it fades out until it is just a slight internal tremor or is actually gone for a while. [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 9:45 AM - 32 answers

Getting a prescription for antipsychotics with the least side effects?

Asking for a loved one with a diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder. [more inside]
posted by Beethoven's Sith at 9:44 AM - 8 answers

January 13

Help, before I become a shriveled raisin!

How do you stay hydrated? [more inside]
posted by Toddles at 10:12 PM - 13 answers

Ways to stop clenching my fists while I sleep

Every morning I wake up with my hands clenched into fists, which results in tired and sore hands. How can I train myself to stop doing that? [more inside]
posted by kimberussell at 7:13 PM - 10 answers

Non-harmful adrenaline rushes

I feel wound-up physically and I would like to do something invigorating and physically demanding like have a fight, go cross-country skiing or run for miles. However I'm poor, unfit and have a bit of a delicate back so those things are currently out of the question. [more inside]
posted by KateViolet at 5:10 PM - 25 answers

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