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?
Hello Captain Awkward and Awkward Army,I have been in and out of therapy off and on for the last decade or so. I don't want to give my entire life history, but I will summarize by saying that I have clinical depression, and have anxiety that hasn't been formally diagnosed yet but which has been … Continue reading #414: What are the green flags for a good therapist?
Thanks to everyone who came to yesterday's gelato-eating and gab session. The best part was sitting at the table and being able to identify who was there for the meetup by their 1) excellent fashion choices 2) friendly demeanor and 3) carrying-of-books. I'm sure we'll do other Chicago-based events, though as a reminder, you don't … Continue reading #353 & #354: Bathrooms, Butts, and Boundaries
Greetings captain! No matter what I do or say, I can't get a girlfriend. I'm 18 years old, and I have never hugged, kissed, or been liked by a girl. I have never been on a date, or had any real chance of getting a girlfriend. I'm mildly autistic, I have ADHD, and am EXTREMELY socially … Continue reading #341: Help me get a girlfriend, Captain!
Ahoy there, Captain, and fellow Awkward Army. As I am typing this, work has been massively stressful and busy for me--I work at the busiest gas station in my city and despite being part time, I consistently get 40-hour/at least 30-hour work weeks; the end of the summer semester is drawing very near, and next … Continue reading #330: Life blows. How can I be nice to myself again?
Dear Captain Awkward, My wife has contributed so much to my life. In college, I made a difficult transition from developmentally-challenged homeschooled Evangelical missionary wannabe to Libertarian to a proto-value-actual-people-and-outcomes-and-recognize-cognitive-biases-and-reject-satisfying-internal-consistencies-ist. The latter doesn't actually have content; I was shattered and adrift, trying to find my voice. Hell, discovering the phrase, "find my voice" was actually … Continue reading #311: My wife freaks out whenever I’m away from her.
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
Howdy, Captain. I am in a four-year relationship with a lovely man. We've weathered serious storms and worked through what could have been relationship-wrecking issues, thanks to being forgiving, talkative, and evolving people. We're easy-going, share humor and interests, and enjoy spending time together, and we've lived together for three years now. For about the … Continue reading #252: How can I help my boyfriend when he won’t ask for help?
Dear Captain Awkward, Okay. I am worried at the lack of emotional intimacy in my life, I think? On Thursday, I ignored my flu, got gussied up, and attended a two-author required reading for my fiction class. The first author read an entertaining chapter of his book on taxidermy (yes, it was really good!) Then … Continue reading #207: Why did this fictional story make me cry? Could it have something to do with these awful hints about my mother?