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When someone is said to have emotional problems what does that actually mean?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: "Emotional Problems"

I agree with dr. Chen and the possibilities he raises.
But this term is so wide it defines little, and you would need to ask the speaker what s/he means. There are myriad ways that we can experience, display, and respond to hurt -- often resulting in behaviors that we later regret. That said, we've all known people who go "off" with little provocation -- or maybe we even are that person!

In brief: "Emotional Problems"

I agree with dr. Chen and the possibilities he raises.
But this term is so wide it defines little, and you would need to ask the speaker what s/he means. There are myriad ways that we can experience, display, and respond to hurt -- often resulting in behaviors that we later regret. That said, we've all known people who go "off" with little provocation -- or maybe we even are that person!
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Dr. Steven Chen
Clinical Psychology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Emotional problems

I think many people are referring to a person not being able to regulate their emotions and/or behaviors without chaos, conflict or hurt and pain (for themself and/or others).

In brief: Emotional problems

I think many people are referring to a person not being able to regulate their emotions and/or behaviors without chaos, conflict or hurt and pain (for themself and/or others).
Dr. Steven Chen
Dr. Steven Chen
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