I’ve had several people write to me lately and explain that they are just pulling out of a slump or even worse, clinical depression. And they’re scared. Is there a time frame for what’s supposed to happen after a major depression has struck? How do you deal with some of the destructive choices you may have made when you were depressed? We’ll talk today on SelfWork about the factors that are important … and how to work with and manage your insecurity and fear of your depression returning.

There’s a lot of hope in new treatments that psychiatrists are prescribing for treatment resistant depression. We’ll touch on two of them —  Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and ketamine infusions — both now being used to treat recurrent depression, cyclic disorders and recurrent suicidal ideation, and often meeting with good success.

The listener email is from someone who calls herself a “social chameleon,” which is the tendency to mimic the behaviors and actions of others while in their presence. Its traditional definition states that this tendency is intentional, but in her case, it seems quite unintentional or even unconscious. It’s a fascinating topic and one that I was eager to explore, and it led to a discussion on boundaries.

Important Links:

Symptoms of Major Depression given by The Mayo Clinic.

Quote from The Noonday Demon: At Atlas of Depression. by Andrew Solomon

Johns Hopkins’ website describes the TMS procedure

Harvard article on ketamine infusions

Psychology Today by Dr. Ronald Riggio in which he describes being a social chameleon or being a  “high self-monitor”.

Recent article on the “best” books on boundary setting.

You can hear more about 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 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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