Nine Paths That Lead To Perfectly Hidden Depression

How did you learn to hide pain? Maybe you took your pain, or any sign of vulnerability or sadness and hid it behind a persona of happiness and productivity that shielded the real you from the eyes of others. Maybe you pushed yourself relentlessly to build a life that...

Perfectly Hidden Depression And The Power of Loneliness

The famous shower scene in Psycho can leave any of us feeling a bit dubious into stepping in.  But when you’re lonely — when you’re hiding pain from the world, sometimes the shower is the only place where what you’re keeping secret is allowed...

The Perfectly Hidden Depressed Person: Are You One?

You know her. She’s always smiling and appears to have everything together: a good marriage, a thriving business, and a couple of kids who do well in school and athletics. She started the book club you’ve been going to for years, is the PTA president, and her...

The Ten Characteristics of Perfectly Hidden Depression

What is perfectly hidden depression? And how do you know if you’re suffering with it? You have a perfect-looking life. But you’re inwardly struggling with depression, maybe even having thoughts of suicide or just getting out somehow. But others would never guess...

How To Deal With The Fear Of Judgment: The Gifts of Vulnerability

When I first moved back to Arkansas, there were facts about my life I didn’t want others to know. I’d grown up in a small town in southern Arkansas, where everybody knew everything about everybody. And I wasn’t relishing moving from Dallas, where...