Depression is going to be our topic for a few weeks and today, we’re focusing on the cycle of beliefs that can keep you isolated from others — which can serve to fuel your depression. These are things you can convince yourself are true and will “always” be — and that you’re better off alone —  rather than realizing that perhaps they are accurate for some situations, but certainly not all.

What are these beliefs?

  • I can’t be around other people; they just make me mad.
  • No one would understand.
  • I’m burdening others if I talk about my pain.
  • People have disappointed me, and I just can’t be hurt anymore.
  • People don’t want to hear that I’m depressed again.
  • I don’t care anymore.
  • If I have to ask for it, it’s not the same

Do you hear yourself or someone you love? Then I hope today’s episode will shake those beliefs up.

The listener email today is from a woman who’s struggled with obesity most of her life and has won that battle, but is left with the scars of loose sagging skin. And she’s met someone with whom she wants a vital sexual relationship. So,  she’s struggling with trust and vulnerability.

You can hear more about coping with depression 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 will be arriving November 1, 2019 and you can pre-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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