Friends. They’re often your “family of choice.” They can be wonderfully satisfying, intellectually challenging, and just plain fun. But what happens when one friend backs out of the friendship?  How do you understand it, grieve the loss and move on? Dr. Margaret speaks again of her own experience with being “ghosted” by a friend, and offers five ideas of “what you can do about it” — all of which encourage healing.

Today’s podcast features two emails from listeners, one an extremely poignant response to Episode 36, the episode on sexual arousal during sexual abuse, a phenomenon rarely talked about but very real. And the second is a question about Perfectly Hidden Depression? What do you need to tell a therapist about PHD?

One important link:

My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories Of Losing And Leaving Friends — the book Dr. Margaret mentions on women’s friendships ending.

 

 

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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.

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