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February 17

Therapist Filter - London (UK)

A constellation of life events have me feeling increasingly, grindingly depressed. My old therapist retired, so I'm looking for someone new to help get me through this rough patch, and beyond. Do you have any personal recommendations for great female therapists? Or strategies for finding one? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:26 PM - 1 answers

Drugs for social anxiety?

Are there drugs you can take for social anxiety and still be able to socialize "normally"? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:26 PM - 3 answers

Keeping medications cold in the heat

I have medication that needs to be kept at room temperature (under 25 C). It cannot be stored in the fridge. Complication: My air conditioning is broken, it's summer, and my apartment is very hot. [more inside]
posted by daybeforetheday at 11:17 PM - 4 answers

Wellbutrin + Lamictal= awesome?

YANMMD etc. I’m suffering from a pretty severe and frustratingly long lasting case of Post Partum Depression. I am currently taking 200mg of Lamictal. It definitely helps but things are still pretty tough on the homefront. I’m thinking about asking my psychiatrist about adding Wellbutrin. Would love to hear from others who take those two medications in combination. [more inside]
posted by jeszac at 12:22 PM - 5 answers

Physical Spaces that Inspire Activity and Wellness

What are good examples of physical spaces/places that influence people to be active and fit? What are some factors that cause these spaces to inspire wellness, activity, self esteem, good mental health, etc?
posted by pmaxwell at 9:14 AM - 12 answers

Should I dump/replace my shrink?

I've seen my current therapist for about five years, for depression and ADHD. I've had periodic depressive spells, but one hit quite hard late last year and hasn't really abated. I'm pretty dissatisfied with therapy, but it's hard for me to tease out whether my dissatisfaction has to with my depression or my therapy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:14 AM - 5 answers

February 16

So, uh was this menopause?

I've apparently inadvertently gone through menopause. What next? [more inside]
posted by SockPuppetOfShame at 8:14 PM - 12 answers

Allergists of MeFi, I have a question

I would like to know what pollen/other allergen that blows up my hay fever when I visit Poland in April-June. [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg at 10:24 AM - 4 answers

Should I worry about my eye?

I have felt pressure on my right eye, off and on, since last Friday night. It varies, but is sometimes painful. It started just around my eye socket. [more inside]
posted by maurreen at 8:35 AM - 14 answers

Looking for an inexpensive hypoallergenic shampoo

I recently started using Exederm shampoo, which doesn't contain any fragrances, dyes, or potentially skin-irritating ingredients. I like it – it doesn't dry out my hair like most shampoos, and it does seem to be gentler on my skin. But at $18 for a 13-ounce bottle, it's kind of pricey. Is there a cheaper alternative that's still good?
posted by escape from the potato planet at 7:30 AM - 8 answers

I hurt my shoulder and I'm not sure how to adult this

So I was carrying a heavy basket and leaned over to put it down. My shoulder, which always had felt loose/flexible/double jointed sorta.. Felt slidy. This was late Tuesday. Wednesday night it hurt some, but thursday night it hurt enough to wake me up. How I adult here? [more inside]
posted by Jacen at 6:27 AM - 7 answers

February 15

Allergies or Sinusitis or Mystery, oh my!

Following up on this issue. I’m on allergy meds but still suffering at work, and now I’m the only one. [more inside]
posted by itesser at 12:18 PM - 9 answers

Experience with an adenovirus?

I’ve been diagnosed with an adenovirus, i.e. Pharyngoconjunctival Fever, a.k.a. Boot Camp Flu, a.k.a. Japanese Swimming Pool Fever. Can’t make this stuff up. I am under medical care but does anyone have experience with an adenovirus and how long it takes to really clear up?
posted by anonymous at 12:04 PM - 5 answers

I'm doing everything I can to wreck my health and life. Help?

Bad: I have lipodermatosclerosis. I'm overweight. I eat mostly fast food. I'm tired and depressed and broke (lot of debt brought on from comfort shopping and eating). Good: I have a job. I have insurance and take anti-depressants. I have supportive people in my life. What now? [more inside]
posted by KleenexMakesaVeryGoodHat at 11:52 AM - 19 answers

Help me come clean about the extent of my problems.

I am struggling way, way more than I ever let on. There may be help available for my issues (oh god I hope so), but I can't bring myself to admit the truth to anyone. [more inside]
posted by MiraK at 9:44 AM - 45 answers

What can I do about terrible office staff for a doctor?

Is there any recourse available against a doctor’s office whose staff is incompetent and neglectful? More details inside... [more inside]
posted by LizBoBiz at 8:27 AM - 10 answers

February 14

How to deal with dry gritty eyes?

I've been having dry eye symptoms for a while: my eyes feel tired after a few hours of computer use, and I get woken up every night by grit in my eyes. I've been doing a bunch of things to alleviate it, but nothing's really helped. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by glass origami quicksilver robot at 6:23 PM - 13 answers

Help me gain glute/hamstring strength

Following recent good advice on core strength, I'm now looking for recomendations for exercises for my glutes and hamstrings. I seem to be very quad-forward and can't engage my glutes and hamstrings as easily. I’m looking for recommendations for exercises to strengthen them, but without risking significant loads on my back/spine, like squats. (I'm not looking for advice on squats.) Compound movements would be preferred, along with exercises in which I could progressively increase the difficulty with additional weight or time. [more inside]
posted by jroybal at 7:22 AM - 13 answers

How to survive to Monday

I have a work deadline Monday. I am sick (a not overly debilitating cold) for the second time since January 21st when I moved to a new continent. My jet lag never went away, so my sleep pattern is shot. I woke up with a cold sore, a couple of hours ago I just experienced vertigo (only popped up a few times 3 years ago), and feel very homesick and sad. Plus I have ADHD. I’ve got food. How can I take care of myself and get work done?
posted by Bella Donna at 6:04 AM - 9 answers

February 13

What kind of doctor can be in charge here?

A previously vigorous healthy 74 year old friend has suffered one health setback after another. A million specialists, but no one seems to be in charge and friend is too ill and fatigued to be her own advocate. [more inside]
posted by Jenny'sCricket at 2:38 PM - 9 answers

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