Today we’re focusing again on Perfectly Hidden Depression, but this time we’re talking about what PHD is not. I received two emails in the same day this week and thought someone had sent theirs twice. But they were actually sent by two different people. Both of their first sentences were, “I think you may have saved my life.” Tears sprung into my eyes as I read their stories. So let’s discuss how PHD is different from healthy coping –how you’re not going to be able to walk into your physicians office and ask them to treat you for PHD — how it’s not always to see in yourself and how it isn’t all of who you are.

The listener email for this episode is from a young man whose had tremendous loss and trauma in his life and is now in therapy but having trouble with trust and opening up.


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My new book entitled Perfectly Hidden Depression will be arriving November 1,2019! Its message is specifically for those with a struggle with strong perfectionism which acts to mask underlying emotional pain. But the 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. More to come.