Feelings Chart

It can be hard even for grownups to make sense of what they feel when times are tough. Talking about our feelings is the best way to make sense of what’s going on inside, and hearing from others about how they have felt can help too.

Below are some of the emotions you might feel and some examples of what other kids say about them. Which ones have you felt?


When you are having fun, and feel loved, healthy and safe. I really love just hanging out with my best friend, laughing and having a good time.


When you feel unhappy or like something is missing. I don’t feel like doing anything – even the things I used to like to do.


When you don’t know what to do or don’t understand something. It’s really hard to know what’s going on with Mom or what she’s trying to say. Her words get all mixed up and I don’t know why she can’t talk so that I can understand her.


When you are worried about what someone else will think. When my dad does or says something weird, I feel like I want to crawl into a hole and disappear because I can’t believe he did that or said that! It makes me not want to be around him.


Feeling mean when someone else gets attention or gets something they want. It’s not fair how much time my dad has to spend to take care of Mom now that she’s sick. Sometimes I’m jealous that because he has to spend so much time with her there is less time to spend with me.


When you are mad that something didn’t go right or that someone said something you didn’t like. I get so angry at things that happen and things people say that never used to bother me. It’s like I have a fire in my chest or in my head that has to come out.


When you feel uncomfortable around other people, or feel private or want to keep to yourself. I don’t want to talk about it with my friends or my relatives. It hurts too much and I just pretty much keep to myself so I don’t have to talk to anyone about it.


When you are scared something bad may happen. I feel afraid at times when I think about Dad being able to do less because he has FTD.


When it’s hard to wait for something you want to have or do. Even my parent who doesn’t have FTD doesn’t have time for me. I am so sick of having to wait or having to be the one who has to take care of things by myself.


When you feel like no one understands you. Kids I like don’t understand what it’s like for me at home since my Mom got sick with FTD so I don’t want to be around them. I feel like even adults don’t get it.


When you feel you have done something wrong. When my dad says the same thing over and over again I get so mad at him. I know he can’t help it and it’s not his fault so then I feel even worse for getting upset with him!


When you feel pleased about what you have done. Sometimes, while Dad is busy in the house, I play a game with Mom and make her smile.