This podcast is the second in a series of two on what Dr. Margaret calls “perfectly hidden depression.” This isn’t a diagnosis, but a syndrome, or group of characteristics that are found together, and serve to help you deny or ignore depression that’s kept far underneath the surface. Your life looks perfect. You’re active and engaged with others. But someone you can experience tremendous loneliness, exhaustion and even suicidal thinking, although no one knows.

In Part Two, Dr. Margaret will go through the steps necessary to confront or work with depression that’s hidden. There are six basic steps: Identification, Risking The Reveal, Unhooking From Irrational Beliefs, Connecting With The Glass Half-Empty, Preventing Backsliding, and Self-Acceptance. The focus isn’t only on the problem, but what you can do about it. If you identify with PHD, then listening to this podcast could make a huge difference in your life.

Some helpful links:

Dr. Margaret’s first viral post on perfectly hidden depression..

A questionnaire to identify if you experience PHD.

A fascinating Ted Talk by Andrew Solomon on depression, an author mentioned in the podcast.


You can hear more about perfectly hidden depression and many other topics by listening to my podcast, SelfWork with Dr. Margaret Rutherford. Subscribe to my website and receive one weekly newsletter including my weekly blog post and podcast! If you’d like to join my FaceBook closed group, then click here and answer the membership questions! Welcome!

My new book entitled Perfectly Hidden Depression has arrived and you can order here! Its message is specifically for those with a struggle with strong perfectionism which acts to mask underlying emotional pain. But the many self-help techniques described can be used by everyone who chooses to begin to address emotions long hidden away that are clouding and sabotaging your current life.

And there’s a new way to send me a message! You can record by clicking below and ask your question or make a comment. You’ll have 90 seconds to do so and that time goes quickly. By recording, you’re giving SelfWork (and me) permission to use your voice on the podcast. I’ll look forward to hearing from you!

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