128 SelfWork: What Happens When You Quit Perfectly Hiding Depression? You Find Grief.
Dr. Jennifer Ashton of ABC News was interviewed this week as she revealed the suicidal death of her ex-husband. She stated quite clearly that he displayed none of the signs of depression that she had studied in medical school. None of them. I need to read her new book on surviving the suicide of a loved one, but I’m eager to discover if his depression was perfectly hidden.
As many of you know, I’ve been writing a book on perfectly hidden depression which will be launched November 1, 2019. So recently, I’ve been revamping my website posts on it and what I’m finding out is how my own thinking has grown, with all of the interviews I’ve conducted and research articles I’ve read in the last five years. Today we’re talking about the grief you just might find once you challenge your own perfectionism… that grief in fact that is why you were hiding in the first place.
Our listener email – someone who definitively identifies with perfectly hidden depression answered my question from last week’s episode about altering the format of SelfWork to include more interviews. She answered quite directly and very poignantly – so I wanted to see how many of you agreed. I could see her point so well… so I’d like to run it by you.
Finding from Recent researchers Curran and Hill (published in the Harvard Business review).
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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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