Wow. Questions about perfectly hidden depression (PHD) are pouring in! And of course that gives me a thrill. But also there’s understandable confusion. Perfectionism is supposed to be about anxiety, not depression, right? (The answer is yes and a definite no.) Is the depression that’s covered up by perfectionism the same as classic depression? And so many others. Questions are from all age groups and describe very different kinds of reasons or pathways on how they fell into needing to look perfect. So I’m eager to answer them and thank you all for writing in.

SelfWork isn’t therapy. I obviously don’t have a therapeutic relationship with people who write in, so I encourage each and every one of these listeners to seek therapy locally or online. If you need to take the book or a podcast into that therapist and begin the session with, “I’m very often not who I look like I am,” then that’s where you start.

So we don’t have one listener email today, but six. Good luck to those of you who are reading and searching.

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