Mental Health

Worried about Appointment

Friday, May 30, 2014


Question

I have an appointment with a psychiatrist this summer about depression, but I’m worried they won’t think my problems are real and won’t help me.  What should I say when I get there?

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Anxiety Affecting Ability to Learn?

Monday, September 30, 2013


Question

Can anxiety affect my ability to learn and concentrate? If so, how can I get rid of anxiety?

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Difficulty Concentrating

Friday, September 13, 2013


Question

Okay, so I have been noticing that I am not able to concentrate real well with all this reading. I had trouble in high school, but just ignored it. Now its been getting worse. This might not be a physical injury, but didn't really know who to ask. As I read a page I will be focused on something else then I try to re-read it and make sure I'm paying attention, but I don't even notice Im losing focus again. I feel like its going to mess with my education.

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Aid for ADHD

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Question

Hi, perhaps I’m jumping the gun a bit, however, my daughter who has been diagnosed with ADD, will be attending the U of Iowa next year. As a concerned parent, I was wondering if there are ADD support groups or counseling services available for her if she feels a need after she enrolls? Thanks for your help.

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Depression and Anxiety

Thursday, May 24, 2012


Question

I was told I may have anxiety or depression-related symptoms after a preliminary visit with a UI psychiatrist after I suffered a nervous breakdown, but I felt like I was gaining more control over those symptoms as time progressed. However, I had a second breakdown back in late April after my 7am work shift. 

I just felt extremely upset, and just could not stop crying. I felt cornered between my difficult coursework, and working 20 hours a week at a physically demanding job.  I ended up completely sleeping through my shifts for the next two days, on accident, which I feel just broke me. I felt physically sick, nauseous, and feverish. I gave up, and called in sick for the rest of the week. But between finals approaching, and my sudden week-long absence (and before that, several days where I was late due to fatigue), I was too fearful for my grades, and anxious and ashamed to go back to work, and called in sick again.

Now it's summer, and I still can't work up the courage to even email my supervisor to explain my sudden leave. I know each day makes it worse, and this is very immature of me, but I am having the most difficult time getting over my extreme anxiety and guilt for this. I know my solution is to contact my supervisor, but I need help to get ME to work up the nerve to contact them.

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