Questions and Answers on Emotional Health

Mental or emotional health refers to your overall psychological well-being. It includes the way you feel about yourself, the quality of your relationships and your ability to manage your feelings and deal with difficulties.  Being mentally or emotionally healthy is much more than being free of depression, anxiety, or other psychological issues. Rather than the absence of mental illness, mental and emotional health refers to the presence of positive characteristics.  Mentally and emotionally healthy people have a general sense of contentment, resiliency to bounce back from adversity, the ability to laugh and have fun, a sense of meaning or purpose in life, flexibility to learn and adapt to change, the capacity to maintain a balance in the different areas of their lives and an overall self-confidence.

07/28/2009 - Questions and Answers

Anger management

Question I would like more information on how I can stop getting angry all the time. I can "feel" angry for months on end knowing that I shouldn't be. I'm looking for something that lets me know how to stop these angry feelings I have. Read more

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07/28/2009 - Questions and Answers

Stress at work

Question My husband has a lot of stress at work, and I'm worried he may be endangering his health. He's 48, and seems pretty fit, but he's overweight and has a slight blood pressure problem. What should he do? Read more

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06/19/2009 - Questions and Answers

Behavioral problems and won't seek help

Question My mother keeps having personality swings which are especially distressing for my father, since he is recovering from a series of strokes. She refuses to seek medical help because she is afraid that she might be diagnosed as having Alzheimer's. What can we do? Read more

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06/15/2009 - Questions and Answers

Laughter is the best medicine

Question My husband always says "Laughter is the best medicine" and that this has been proved in clinical studies. Is that really the case? Read more

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06/12/2009 - Questions and Answers

The Importance of Empathy when Nursing Patients

Question I am a nurse and I need to understand about empathy and why empathy is important between nurse and patient. Read more

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09/11/2003 - Questions and Answers

Panic Attacks

I'm 60 and I have severe panic attacks - I'm afraid to be alone or go anywhere alone, and I'm always afraid that I'm going to die. I have had therapy, biofeedback, and counseling, none of which seem to help. My husband is supportive. I'm taking 4 imipramine a day - 1 in the morning and 3 at night. Is there a medicine that would help me better? Read more

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05/20/2003 - Questions and Answers

Social Anxiety Disorder

I have suffered with Social Anxiety Disorder now for about 5 years, but have only recently started treatment for it. I was originally taking paroxetine (Paxil), which didn't seem to do much for me. Now the doctor has put me on Prozac (fluoxetine), which is making me even worse. I do not leave the house at all, and on the odd occasion get bad dizzy spells with pins and needles in my face and lips. What do you suggest? Read more

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05/20/2003 - Questions and Answers

Depression-Schizophrenia Link?

I was put on Zoloft about 8 months ago for depression. I was having trouble with sleeping, mild panic attacks, and my emotions were up and down. My question - is there a link between depression and schizophrenia? My mother and her brother (my uncle) were both diagnosed with schizophrenia. Read more

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