Hello, monthly feature with short questions from patrons continues from the previous chapter. Q7: I am single in my 40s and have never had a serious long-term partner. I used to think I hadn’t met the right person yet but have recently come to understand that I’m aromantic (and probably demisexual - not ace but … Continue reading Short Questions for August 2019: Part 2 of 2
Dear Captain Awkward; Hello! I am 48 years old, pronouns she/her, and having trouble with my parents, specifically, my mother and her hoarding. My mom is trying to give more stuff to me than I can handle, and the lever she pulls to make it more painful is, "but it was your grandmother's." if I … Continue reading #1216 and #1217: The Weight Of Parental Love and Things And Time And “Help.”
Hello Gentle and Attractive Readers! I've got a mix of very cool and very weird stuff to announce. COOL: I'm working with Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary to get a series of book projects into the world. CaptainAwkward.com-based books. Essay books. WEIRD: Tomorrow I am having a minor surgical procedure to hopefully take care … Continue reading Personal Updates & Introducing This Week’s Guest Blogger
Hello Captain and Company! About a year and a half ago I had my primary outbreak of genital herpes. It was excruciating, both physically and emotionally, but I'm finally starting to pick up the pieces and feel like myself again. I'm starting to feel like I maybe want to date again, finally (yay), but I'd … Continue reading #484: “How do I minimize embarrassment when telling a partner that I have a body and a past?”
Dear Captain, I’m in a very happy long term relationship. The biggest problem we face is we’re both introverts, and have some social anxiety along with it. It’s hard to make friends, but we’re trying. We’re very geeky, so we’re trying to get involved in geek spaces. Next comes the big hurdle, we have diet … Continue reading #479: Trying to be more social when you have serious dietary restrictions
Dear Captain Awkward: I have had a very complex life in the last couple of years. I have gone from having a fairly normal life in regards to health and then I went on dialysis. Since that point I now have a kidney transplant. My girlfriend currently has a really hard time wrapping her mind … Continue reading #461: My partner makes hurtful jokes about my health situation.
I'm in grad school for creative writing. It's hard. Right now, I'm taking three classes, which means that I'm reading 500-plus pages a week, in addition to commenting on my classmates' writing and producing a poem every week. Plus, I'm teaching a basic composition course for struggling writers, and a literature course (for the first … Continue reading #459: Do I have to destroy my health to be in grad school?
Back when we changed the format for submitting questions, I strongly encouraged people who were currently experiencing a crisis to call a hotline or helpline and talk to a friendly person rather than wait for me to sort through the bulging email box and get to their question. The questioners who wanted help composing their … Continue reading Guest Post! What to expect when you call a helpline/hotline.
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.
Hey Capt., Cliff notes. My sister got pregnant three years in a row, giving birth to three healthy babies by c-section. With baby 1 she was put into bed rest almost immediately and I was assigned to make sure she didn't jeopardize her or the baby's health. This was a difficult task only made worse … Continue reading #418: My mom wants me to prioritize caring for my sister over caring for myself. What do I do?