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.


Click here for “Marriage Is Not For Chickens,” the new gift book by Dr. Margaret! It’s perfect for engagements, anniversaries, weddings, or for the person you love!

You can hear more about relationships and many other topics by listening to Dr. Margaret’s new podcast, SelfWork with Dr. Margaret Rutherford. Subscribe to this website and receive notice of all new posts and podcasts by Dr. Margaret, as well as a free copy of her eBook, “Seven Commandments of Good Therapy.”