“It seems sometimes that those emotions are in a pod.
And even if someone cares and asks you how you are feeling, you don’t want to open up that “pain pod” — you don’t want to break down and cry.
Sometimes it’s better if they ask yes or no questions, like “Are you depressed?” or “Feeling bad?” or “having a hard time?” — Then you can possibly shake your head or manage to utter, “uhuh,” without breaking the pod.
If you find you can’t utter a word or nod your head, write it on a scrap of paper, “Feel terrible - suicidal - dying…”.
Sometimes you must drain that pod and cry, and let some of those emotions drain out. Sometimes you can actually feel a tiny bit better for a while even if it’s just a moment or two of relief. And it may enble you to at least talk to your interested loved one, friend, counselor or doctor.”