Hello, and welcome to "Depression: Expert Answers". I'm your host Amy Alpine, and and we are so lucky today to have a psychiatrist who specializes in depression, Dr. Melva Green.
Dr. Green, thanks so much for being here.
It's an honor.
Well we've asked some people on the street what questions they had about depression. So let's go right there.
Could anger be a part of depression?
That's a loaded question. What's the answer?
That is a loaded question Amy. In my experience anger is absolutely a component of depression. Oftentimes for some people that's the only emotion they can express.
Let's keep in mind that there are biological, psychological and spiritual components to depression. It's not just a brain condition.
So people have limited coping so they may move to being intolerant, or irritable or angry very quickly in a situation like that.
Their thought processes are impacted so they may misread some of the things that are being said to them and over exaggerate their responses.
So what's a productive way to express your anger?
You know I'm glad you asked that question in that way. Oftentimes people think they must suppress their anger. That's very, very unhealthy.
They have to express it; it's just how they express it that is important. It's oftentimes important to take a step back, take a deep breath, reflect.
Keep in mind that this is a vulnerable time so they may not be reading the language or reading the exchange appropriately,
so maybe getting some input from their therapist, from their doctor, from their friend, about how they may be engaging and how they may be responding.
So how do you control it though? How do you stop yourself from going to that peak level?
It's really more about management. I mean who can really control themselves from getting angry.
I mean, you've been on the street and had someone cut you off--and you know it's a normal response to get angry.
It's important to just sort of take a deep breath, take a step back. And of course there are other things like nutrition, diet, exercise that are really important—
increasing those endorphins, getting that oxygen to the brain. All of that is part of the healing process.
Thank you so much for being here Dr. Green, and we'll see you next time on Depression Expert Answers.