Hi Captain, I am an adult (early 30's) child of two wonderful people who are going through some turbulence in their marriage--that thing of having an empty nest/rediscovering each other/discovering they have communication issues that have just been sitting there for 30+ years and are now blowing up. They're going to get counseling, which hopefully … Continue reading #965: “My mom wants me to be her #1 sounding board and support system about her troubled marriage.”
Hello Captain and fellow Awkward travelers, My husband and I, along with our 16-month-old daughter, moved to a new city on Saturday. The reason for our move is that I just finished medical school and will be beginning residency in June. Husband woke up this morning and said he's not sure he can stay in … Continue reading #957: “Do I have to move because of my husband’s allergies?”
Captain Awkward and the Awkward Army, I recently accepted a position in a line of work that is brand new for me, exciting, mentally stimulating, and will enable me to finally be financially stable. This is all great. Except. Except for one co-worker, a trainee who was hired on at the same time as me … Continue reading #907: “My hyper-vigilant work bully is bringing up all my old issues about being watched & judged.”
Hi Captain Awkward, To make a long story short, I was recently diagnosed with a genetic condition that explains why I've had full back pain for the past five years. In those five years between symptom onset and a diagnosis the pain has just gotten worse. I'm only 19 and going to university but I … Continue reading #890: “I have chronic pain and need to quit my job. How do I tell a) my boss and b) my skeptical parents?”
Dear Captain, I have been retraining/job searching for at least 2 years. My psychiatrist expressed that it would great if I could help with filing and organization. This is something my previous job (that I RAN from, as to develop other skills) utilized my talent to the point of burnout. In the past few months … Continue reading #885: “My psychiatrist is not okay. How do I help her?”
Hi Captain- TW for mention of suicide/suicidal ideation, if you would appreciate the warning ("mention" like "this thing exists in my past" mention). I started a new office job (my first office job, though not my first 9-5) four months ago, and so far it's been great! It's a smallish office- about 30 people- as … Continue reading #770: Coworker’s thoughtless comments are triggering me.
Hi Captain, I need to know if my boundaries are reasonable when dealing with my legally blind mother. She needs extra help while my dad is in the hospital. My job has mainly been to drive her around and help her with things she can't see. I have two things that make that complicated. I'm … Continue reading #731: Backseat drivers and boundaries and bridges-too-far
Comments closed as of 4/27. Dear Captain Awkward, So, if I tell you that when I was in high school, a teacher of mine called off class for a session of “yoga in the dark where no one can see what the teacher is doing” that left me very upset, I probably don’t need to … Continue reading #694: How do I get out of mandatory corporate yoga retreat and keep my career intact?
Captain, I was wondering if you could help me sort something out with my friend S. My life has gone through the wringer the past 2 years, in terms of friendship dynamics turning scary and unhealthy, being assaulted/ stalked, my emotionally abusive/ homophobic parents, and the basic drama of becoming an adult. My friends have … Continue reading #662 and #663: “My Friend, The Skeptic.”
Dear Captain Awkward, So, I’m turning 30, and I don’t know how to interact with people. I think it’s because I’ve had OCD from at least the age of 9—real OCD, with repugnant obsessions about incest and such, not “I color coordinate my sock drawer”—and like a lot of people I kept it a secret. … Continue reading #652: Operation: How Do I People?