103: Ask David–How do you deal with harmful, intrusive memories . . . Is depression transmitted by the family?
How do you deal with intrusive thoughts about bullying or a cruel ex-lover?
How do you treat cyclothymic patients?
Where do distortions come from? And more . . .
Today we answer six questions submitted by listeners like you:
- Harald: How can I find the Show Notes for the Feeling Good Podcasts?
- Kristin: How do you help patients who obsess about past traumatic events, with intrusive thoughts about a cruel ex-lover or bullying by classmates? These thoughts can feed into the idea that their life is miserable and they can’t move forward because they feel blocked by these harmful memories.
- Valentina: How are cognitive distortions, self-defeating beliefs, and feelings of depression transmitted? What you describe in your books seems to describe my mother’s behaviors when I was growing up? Could it be that depression is transmitted by the family?
- Alicia: How would you treat someone with cyclothymic disorder who cycles between euphoria and suicidal depression? He’s happy now, so how do I get him to fill out the Daily Mood Log?
- Kathy: I’m a big fan, and I have a question about “bibliotherapy.” What’s the best way to use your books and other materials to help yourself?
- Matthew: Do you ever use drugs in the treatment of depression? Are medications sometimes necessary or helpful?