Monthly Archives: March 2011

Anger: The Emotion of Injustice

All emotions are our reactions to a variety of positive or negative life experiences.  Emotions do make sense.  Emotions exist for a reason. Importantly, the strength of an emotion varies in people. Differences in emotional intensity have a lot to … Continue reading

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Depressed or Defeated?

In my work as a psychiatrist, I see again and again that clarity of thinking and precision of language make a difference in fighting emotional suffering.

The term depression doesn’t offer much meaning beyond the idea of suffering with sadness. I prefer to think of depression as a problem of “defeat.” Depression means a troubled (yet changeable) state of engagement with our world, not just a sad mood. In people who suffer from depression, I see a kind of personal surrender in important areas of living.
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