There’s lots of information out there about how to stop beating yourself up or how to increase your self-esteem. But how do-able is it? I’m always interested in practical ways people can approach problems, or “What You Can Do About It.” So I’m offering three practical exercises for you to try — things that I’ve offered as ideas to my own patients who are struggling with depression and low self-esteem, and are convinced that others look down on them, that they’re unacceptable, or that they don’t have what it takes to create a good life. You can try these out for yourself!

The email listener for today questions whether or not she has borderline personality disorder, and seems to discount having suicidal thoughts.

Important links:

Feeling Good Handbook by Dr. David Burns (audiobook)

Breaking The Patterns Of Depression by Dr. Michael Yapko

The Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

Suicide Prevention Texting Hotline: CONNECT 741741




You can hear more about mental health 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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