Hi there, I'm hoping to find some scripts/strategies to employ when I run into someone I'm happy to chat with, like a friend or one of the super friendly baristas at a coffee shop I'm always in, and they ask "so what's new with you?" or "what have you been up to this week?" when … Continue reading #1252: Small Talk Strategies When You’re Depressed And Forgetful
Patrons of the blog have sent in short questions. Surprising nobody, I have written answers between "medium" and "epic." This is Part 1 of 2, the rest will come later in the week. In this batch: A friend is ghosting me to my face at work, I want to reconnect with a friend I accidentally … Continue reading September 2019 Short Questions: Part 1
Dear Captain Awkward: How do I see the whole of a person? Hello! I was hoping you could help me with something. There is a guy at uni I am friends with, who has depression. Over the past semester at uni, we have grown very close, mostly on the basis of me becoming the person … Continue reading #511: When you find out that someone you care about is mean.
When you're depressed, stuff piles up. Mail goes unopened. Paperwork goes un-handled. Clean laundry lives in piles. Dirty laundry lives in different piles. The piles begin to....merge. You just don't have the energy to deal with any of it. Then the meds start to kick in, or therapy starts to work, or for whatever reason … Continue reading Little things that people say that totally shift your perspective.
Hey, Captain and Co. I spent the past two years of my life being really depressed (and, honestly, who knows how long before that -- I was only diagnosed last year, but I've felt pretty awful for as long as I can remember), and, through some supportive parents and medication and an awesome partner and … Continue reading #450: How to tighten up your game at work when you’re depressed.
Oh Captain, my Captain! I need some help. Last year, I was in an abusive relationship. My ex raped me repeatedly and often manipulated me. When we were together, I became close friends with another guy. Guy #2 eventually owned up to having feelings for me, and I found myself in a very awkward position. … Continue reading #437: Out of the frying pan, into the adjacent teakettle of badness.
Dear Captain Awkward: I need some advice on being a decent human being. My wife and I have been together for 8 years, married for 5. She has severe depression and anxiety. She's been in therapy since before I met her, but her illnesses still hit her pretty hard. I do as much as I … Continue reading #429 & #430: When depression is contagious.
If reading about suicide and suicidal ideation would be troubling for you, stop here. Dear Captain Awkward, One of my closest friends from university told me that she had been in love with me for about 3 years. She also told me that she was really depressed since leaving university last summer and hated her … Continue reading #361: Friendship, obsession, and depression.
Dear Captain, So here’s the deal: I’m married, and living with someone who is incredibly smart and hard working. He has so many mad skills that he doesn’t even need to submit applications to get a job. By comparison I have a degree in something I realized (after 4 years) isn’t really my thing and … Continue reading #308: I feel like I don’t deserve my partner’s support of my artistic dreams.
This is a guest post by Ozy Frantz about recent personal experience in a mental hospital for severe depression after a suicide attempt. If you have trouble reading about those topics, the cut it's behind is for you. _____________________________________________________________________________ Mental hospitals are not scary. I should know, I was in one. A few months ago, … Continue reading Guest Post: What It’s Like In A Mental Hospital