Questions tagged [anxiety]

For questions involving anxiety - weather that be you yourself being anxious or if someone else in the question/situation also has anxiety.

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How to Apologize to a Professor After a Falling-Out? [closed]

Some background: Our falling out occurred when I wrote a letter to the department chair, complaining that her communications triggered an anxiety episode on a few occasions. This letter was prompted ...
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How to deal with unwanted touching from a friend? [closed]

Background: A few nights ago we were partying at that a friends house. The guys had quite a lot to drink and I ended up being the last girl to leave. My closest guy friend currently or not now ...
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How to decline attending a funeral

To set the scene my family are very strict on the idea of family and respect. However, I do not wish to attend the funeral for a few reasons. I did not visit this relative for at the very least five ...
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How to talk about ongoing nervous behaviours with boss without being offensive?

I am working an office job under a manager who I like and trust. He's very competent, a good person, a hard worker and generally open to feedback. This is his first leadership role (about 2 years in ...
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How to have friend doing a favour sign a contract without making it look like I'm taking advantage of him?

I have a tendency to over think things, get paranoid and get anxiety when it comes to the law. I had a couple of very unfortunate experience, even one I was completely in the right going to court is a ...
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How can I help my girlfriend apply for a new job [closed]

My girlfriend hates her job. It's hard work, low pay, and her manager is an arse. Her job is making her miserable and it's unlikely that things are going to improve. I believe that she is a very ...
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Asking an over-anxious friend to stop flooding me with negativity

I have a young friend (25 years old) who keep complaining to me by message regarding each and every little problem he is facing in life, dramatizing those to the extreme. He seems in a constant state ...
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How to tell a girl with anxiety and OCD I'd like to date her without triggering her?

Background: I'm a college student currently at home on summer vacation. A few weeks before I left school, I was approached by a girl who knew me through a mutual friend. She suggested we hang out and ...
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Tactfully telling someone that they are the reason for your anxiety

Last weekend, I was at my parent's home and my aunt, uncle and a family friend were also invited. I have some anxiety issue which means that, when there is too many people, or just people that I'm not ...
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How can I deal with uncomfortable silence from my partner?

First of all, I want to say that I'm talking about when my girlfriend is silent, it's not 'silent treatment'. I don't feel like she has cruel intentions, or is intentionally trying to hurt me in any ...
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How to avoid sounding unfriendly when talking fast?

As an Introvert, I am not very social in nature. However, on certain occasions, I have found myself to be forced to interact with people. I tend to always be thinking of something when someone is ...
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How can I help talk a close friend out of religiously radicalizing? [closed]

I have a close friend that I grew up with that has begun to show signs of radicalizing in his religion. I do not share this religion but we are close friends. He has many friends, very educated, a ...
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How to communicate that the first impression I made at a party was misleading?

On Monday I celebrated New Year's Eve with a group of people I have never seen before because a good friend of mine invited me to go there with her. Since I'm very shy towards strangers, I was pretty ...
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I am very close to breaking up with my girlfriend for selfish reasons; how do I talk to her about our relationship?

I started dating this girl just over a year ago. We first met 7 years ago at college; we were only acquaintances back then. Fast forward a few years, we recognized each other at a work party and ...
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Social interactions at work and shyness [closed]

So a bit of backstory real quick. Back in school I was really shy and pretty socially awkward but mostly with people I didn't know really well or wasn't friends with them. Among friends, I was really ...
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How to communicate to my girlfriend that I'd like to talk more without coming across as desperate, needy, or clingy [closed]

First, a little background My girlfriend and I have been together for just over 8 months now, and I have to say that this is the happiest relationship I think I've ever been in. I'm 23 going on 24 ...
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I don't know what to talk about with people that are not my close friends [closed]

I have a dinner with friends from university and I don't know what to talk about with them or how to participate in the conversations they are having. I feel that I can't just say what comes to my ...
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What can someone with introversion and/or social anxiety do to maximise the benefits of attending networking events? [closed]

I am profoundly shy, strongly introverted and have some social anxiety. I find socialising with strangers in social settings to be extremely stressful: socialising in professional settings – such as ...
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How can I tell my girlfriend to deal with her anxiety? [closed]

My girlfriend of 9 months has nearly crippling anxiety, which has gone untreated until the middle of last year. She started taking a new medication a few months ago, and it doesn't seem to be working. ...
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How do I deal with my girlfriends anxiety affecting my relationship with my friends

My girlfriend has anxiety issues for which she currently is prescribed medication. The medication helps but she still struggles with social occasions, especially when she does not know many people ...
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Communicating with someone who has stern and intense facial expressions [closed]

I often have trouble with communicating with people who have stern faces and intense facial expressions; usually, they are people in a position of authority, e.g. a manager. This greatly impedes our ...
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How to hide panic attacks? [closed]

I frequently have panic attacks when talking to my friends, do what I perceive as them ganging up on me, in accordance to what they have done in the past, and when they are specifically excluding me ...
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How do I tell my roommate that I feel treated unfairly by their SO?

I have a roommate I allowed to sublet with me. I have allowed their SO to move in with them. Currently I'm not receiving rent from the roommate, and that's an entirely different problem of my own ...
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How to deal with people ganging up on me when they have complaints?

I have social anxiety, and this has been getting in the way of me interacting with my friends. A particularly problematic event is when one of them have a complaint, and then when I'm taking to them ...
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Dad wants me to invite his mother to my wedding. How to push it back?

Long story short, my fiancée and I wanted a small wedding. As small as 5 people max, signing the papers and eating at home. There are 34 guests invited now, eating at a restaurant at a cost of 165€ (...
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Alternative for “What's the worst thing that can happen” (dealing with anxiety) [closed]

How can I help calm someone's performance anxiety? We know that self-assurance in a speaker encourages audiences to be more receptive from the start. Conversely, people who look insecure on stage ...
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Needing quiet time, but not wanting to offend or cause “problems”

The situation: My mother recently had surgery and I'm helping her. It's been about 8 days now. I don't mind helping, but she wants to talk to me. As for what it is. She had bunion surgery. My ...
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How to help my mother work through extreme anxieties?

My mom has had anxiety issues for as long as I can remember. It used to be sort of quirky and not disruptive of our lives, including (but not limited to): Touring each room of the house to make sure ...
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How to handle a close but unhealthy friendship that cannot be ended? [closed]

Alice and I met when we were both nine year old. We had a very close and intense friendship for years. However, due in part to mental health issues from both of us, this friendship is now very ...
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How to overcome nervousness while welcoming English-speaking clients? [closed]

I'm from China, currently doing my internship in an art gallery founded by a French art dealer. Our gallery exhibit artworks from a variety of countries and have broad social relations abroad. As an ...
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How to deal with anxiety/control issues in relationship

Here's a brief rundown of the situation: I have issues with fears of abandonment that manifest in very strong anxiety triggered by certain things, such as my girlfriend going out partying for the ...
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I'm very introverted and only have one friend, do I ask too much of him? [closed]

I'm a male college student and I've really only got one friend. I never know how to interact with other people. I'm quite good at programming but that's probably the only thing I'm particularly good ...
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Anxious during conference calls [closed]

I am a middle-aged software engineer at a largish law firm. As a part of my job and at least on a weekly basis I participate in conference calls featuring three or more people made up of co-workers ...
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How do I recover from my social awkwardness being pointed out?

I am shy, introverted, and have social anxiety, so chatting with people I don't know is usually very uncomfortable. I've gotten better at it, but it's still a struggle. On a few occasions it's been ...
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How to deal with social anxiety that gets worse with practice? [closed]

I have social anxiety in very particular situations, usually things like approaching people to ask for help or similar, things where there is a significant chance of failure. This applies to the usual ...
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How can I calm myself down when giving a presentation? [closed]

So, I have to give presentations in school, and of course the number of those presentations is just going to increase (I'm just entering highschool). I'm a classic nerd and my social skills are......