The Beck Depression Inventory has been used to identify depression for many years. But it will miss those with Perfectly Hidden Depression, due to the fact that they’d rarely allow themselves to reveal their pain, not even to a computer. Even people with more moderate classic depression may discount or deny their symptoms — no one wants to be depressed. Depression can happen so slowly you don’t realize how hard life has become. Dr. Margaret discusses hiding depression from others, or even yourself, and reads excerpts from emails from people who strongly identify with Perfectly Hidden Depression. The listener email for today is from a woman who was sexually abused by a brother, and then later abused by her therapist. Dr. Margaret talks about how to recognize signs of abuse from a therapist and what you can do about it.

Important links:

The Beck Depression Inventory

The questionnaire to identify Perfectly Hidden Depression in yourself.


You can hear more about depression and many other topics by listening to Dr. Margaret’s podcast, SelfWork with Dr. Margaret Rutherford. Subscribe to this website and receive her weekly blog posts and podcasts, as well as  free downloadable ebook, “Seven Commandments of Good Therapy.”!

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My new book entitled Perfectly Hidden Depression will be arriving November 1, 2019! Its message is specifically for those with a struggle with strong perfectionism which acts to mask underlying emotional pain. But the 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. More to come.