When Depression And The Need To Escape Becomes Self-Destructive: SelfWork #150
Happy 150th Episode!! This is the last of the series on aspects of depression and today, we’re talking about self-destructive ways to escape pain. Depression is innately painful. It’s lonely. It’s dark. Sometimes you lose hope that you can find your way out. So, you can easily turn to self-destructive behaviors to gain some form of perceived control or escape.
Our focus will be on six, although we’re completely leaving out substance abuse, which of course, is huge. Those six are: spending/shopping, bingeing and purging, restricting food/dieting/compulsive exercise, cutting, having an affair, and overly rigid compartmentalization. I’ll offer stories from my own patients and how they began to change their thinking about the escape routes they’d come to count on. And I’ll offer the question that I’ve used to help people begin to understand what function these behaviors are serving.
The listener email is from someone who believes her husband has PHD (perfectly hidden depression). But she asks, “Since he’s highly perfectionistic, how can I approach him?”
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My new book entitled Perfectly Hidden Depression has arrived 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.
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