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Emotions - Feelings

Antidepressants

Q. I’ve been depressed recently but don’t want to take antidepressants. Isn’t psychotherapy equally effective?

Answer...Antidepressants

Color, Use in Seminars

Q. I’ve attended several of your seminars and notice you use only black and white overhead transparencies. You do know that color and PowerPoint® technology exist?

Answer...Color, Use in Seminars

Contextual Depression

Q. What can I do about contextual depression?

Answer...Contextual Depression

Death and Dying

Q. Before I lost my father to cancer, the hospice volunteer discussed with him the stages of death and dying. While it gave him some peace, it hasn’t done much for me. Is there something wrong with my brain? I’d appreciate your comments.

Answer...Death and Dying

Depression and Antidepressants

Q. I suffer from severe depression and take antidepressants, which have mostly stopped thoughts of suicide. My doctor told me that I need to “change the way you think” if I get a suicidal thought (which I sometimes do if I get exhausted and lose sleep). I’m not sure what that means.

Answer...Depression and Antidepressants

Depression Rates by Gender

Q. My mother seems more prone to depression than my father. Do you know of research on depression rates by gender?

Answer...Depression Rates by Gender

Depression, Contributing Factors

Q. Would you list factors that can contribute to depression?

Answer...Depression, Contributing Factors

Depression, Definition of

Q. What is depression? Can you give me a definition or description?

Answer...Depression, Definition of

Downshifting

Q. What is downshifting?

Answer...Downshifting

Embarrassed

Q. My 10-year old son takes trumpet lessons; my 13-year old daughter plays flute. Sometimes they blank out at recitals and forget the notes. Why do I get so embarrassed?

Answer...Embarrassed

Emotions vs Feelings

Q. I've always used the words emotions and feelings as synonyms. Recently I heard a comment that makes me think they may refer to different functions in the brain, right?

Answer...Emotions vs Feelings

Excluded from Family

Q: Once again I find myself depressed. My cousin and his wife did not invite me to their son’s wedding. What is it with their brains that makes them exclude me, and what is it with my brain that I let it bother me?

Answer...Excluded from Family

Failed Love Affairs

Q. Do you have references about love affairs, depression, and suicide attempts?

Answer...Failed Love Affairs

Flippant Forgiveness

Q. I once heard you use the term “flippant forgiveness.” You said it is filled with hidden dangers and can be a counterfeit for genuine forgiveness. I’m confused. I thought forgiveness was forgiveness.

Answer...Flippant Forgiveness

Happiness

Q. I've heard you talk about a positive mind set, and that it's a choice to be happy, but many days I do not feel happy and don't understand how it's possible to change that.

Answer...Happiness

Loss

Q. Why do we have to experience loss? I hate feeling sad!

Answer...Loss

Love

Q. Is love an emotion or a feeling?

Answer...Love

Memory Problems

Q. My father, aged 62, seems to be having memory problems. Do you think this could be related to his depression?

Answer...Memory Problems

Misunderstanding Forgiveness

Q. I read your article on “forgiveness” in a recent Brain Bulletin. I also finished the book “The Body Never Lies” by Alice Miller. She made a comment about how honoring your parents can be misunderstood with resulting dire consequences. How could that be?

Answer...Misunderstanding Forgiveness

Negative Mindset

Q. A friend of mind recently told me that I contribute to my own depression by a negative mindset. Is that possible?

Answer...Negative Mindset

Ruining My Day

Q. Nearly every day someone ruins mine. Is this going to happen for the rest of my life?

Answer...Ruining My Day

Severe Depression

Q. I suffer from severe depression and take antidepressants, which have mostly stopped thoughts of suicide. My doctor told me that I need to “change the way you think” if I get a suicidal thought (which I sometimes do if I get exhausted and lose sleep). I’m not sure what that means.

Answer...Severe Depression

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