Perhaps the most poignant messages I receive are the ones from people who love someone who’s becoming less and less “like’ themselves – and are frightened about what’s going on. This week I heard from a wife whose husband…”has always had an excuse for his extremely busy schedule. Over the past several months he has been acting very differently and has been more open about his unhappiness, and will admit to being depressed. He is also very confused. I came upon your podcast and book as I was searching… We started couples therapy… but he’ll say things like” I don’t think this is what’s really wrong”, or “She’s focusing on why I’m smiling during the session, when really the problem is that I’m unhappy”.

So in today’s SelfWork, sponsored by Athletic Greens, we’ll focus on burnout and its relationship with perfectionism – and how both can lead to true classic depression.

The listener email today is also someone asking about PHD – but this time, about her own potential for it as someone with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). She’d worked through her pandemic anxiety with therapy and medications, but now, off medications, this listener is experiencing new feelings of anger and irritability. What could be happening?

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Definition of burnout

Slides of burnout symptoms

The twelve stages of burnout

SelfWork Podcast on Self-Compassion

What is generalized anxiety disorder: The article by The Mayo Clinic

148 on conditional love

You can hear more of 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 clickhere and answer the membership questions! Welcome!

My book entitled Perfectly Hidden Depression is available 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 here’s another 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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