Emotions - Feelings

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

Q. In my family it seems that anxiety accompanies hopelessness. How do you describe anxiety and what is its link, if any, with hopelessness?

Q. I would like to know some characteristics of individuals whose brains are anxious.

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?

Q. What can I do about contextual depression?

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.

Q. Can you give me a definition or description of 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.

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

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

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

Q.  My nephew has been hospitalized for weeks after a horrible vehicle accident in which he sustained a concussion. His girlfriend recently asked if I thought my nephew was suicidal. I had no idea. What would I look for?

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?

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?

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?

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

Q. Sometimes I feel like I'm about to fall off the edge. What do you do when you feel that way?

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.

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.

Q. The holidays were a total bust as usual. There’s always a lot of conflict—I’ve learned to expect it—with family members picking on each other and bringing up all the sad stuff that’s happened throughout our lives. It doesn’t help that my name is Holly! If I could afford it, I’d take myself on a cruise over the holidays next year.

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

Q. Is love an emotion or a feeling?

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

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?

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

Q. A friend of mine told me recently that I needed to learn “patience.” I don’t understand what patience really is much less what it has to do with brain function!

Q. I’ve heard you speak...and the process of completing a personal Loss Line has been very helpful. Is there something like that for anxiety?

Q. Three of our four children are readers. The fourth child prefers to listen to contemporary music. Strangely enough, this fourth child is the least happy of all the children and I don’t understand this.

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

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.

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.

Q: My twins, a boy and a girl, must be going through the “terrible twos,” so-called. Well, they really are! It’s just “no, no, no, no, no....” until I want to tear out my hair. My neighbor says that every time the twins say “no” if we put them alone in their room they will learn to say “yes.” Do you think this will work?

Q. I’ve heard you talk about four core emotions but the other day I read an article that mentioned seven “universal” emotions. What’s that about?

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