Perfectly Hidden Depression
How to Break Free from Perfectionism, Find Self-Acceptance, and Live a Happier Life
by Margaret Rutherford
Pub Date 01 Nov 2019
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It's time to break free from the perfectionism that drives your depression.
Many of us were raised to believe that mental illness of any kind is a weakness, or worse-a sign of failure. And if you're a perfectionist, a people pleaser, or judge yourself harshly, admitting that you have a real problem with depression can be extremely difficult. You may not have admitted it to yourself.
The problem is that-no matter how much you try-you can't hide your depression forever. And you shouldn't have to. You deserve to be genuinely happy; and the only way you can cultivate that kind of happiness is to deal with your problems head on. It won't be easy. But this book will help guide you, every imperfect step of the way. With this compassionate guide, you'll:
· Gain greater awareness of your depression
· Make the difficult commitment to the healing process
· Confront the belief systems of your life that keep you paralysed
· Connect with long-suppressed emotions in an accepting, healthy way
· Change your life for the better
Admitting that you need help isn't a sign of weakness. In fact, it's a sign of deep self-awareness and strength. With this book, you'll learn to face your fears of being "imperfect," move toward healing your depression, and gain the self-acceptance you've been missing for so long.
“In Perfectly Hidden Depression, Margaret Rutherford shines a powerful and revealing spotlight on an important aspect of depression that receives far too little attention. As she describes in exquisite detail, the relationship between perfectionism and depression is an intense one; it creates a toxic internal environment that robs worthy people of the ability to enjoy even true successes, since perfection rarely, if ever, exists in the real world. Rutherford’s compassion and wisdom is matched by her courage in challenging all of us to expand our understanding of depression in its diverse appearances. The guidance and support she provides here will be invaluable for anyone struggling with these debilitating issues.”
—Michael D. Yapko, PhD, clinical psychologist, and author of Depression Is Contagious and Keys to Unlocking Depression
“Perfectly Hidden Depression illustrates a critical truth that we need to face: sometimes, the people who appear to have it all together are falling apart. Margaret Rutherford shows us that hiding depression through perfectionism can be deadly. This book shows you how to recognize depression in yourself, overcome the stigma, shed unhealthy perfectionism, and embrace your imperfect self.”
—Sarah Fader, CEO of Stigma Fighters, and coauthor of The 10-Step Depression Relief Workbook