Transparency about my own journey with mental health has been very important to me, especially since writing on social media. And I’ve named the illnesses that I’ve experienced: panic disorder and anorexia.  But I haven’t told my story. The “why” of either of these problems – at least as best I understand it from my own perspective – and the perspectives of several therapists over the years.

I see them both now as issues with control. Trying to get control. Trying to hide from feeling out of control . Fearing looking out of control. So, in episode 189 sponsored by BetterHelp,  I’m inspired and a little nervous today to tell you my story.

The listener email is from a young woman whose mom is undergoing some type of emotional breakdown after the death of her own father and how that dynamic could be affecting the writer’s choice about getting out of a  relationship.

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My new book entitled Perfectly Hidden Depression has been published 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 it’s available in paperback, eBook or as an audiobook!

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