DiscoverTalking To Teens: Expert Tips for Parenting TeenagersEp 110: Hidden Depression in Perfectionists
Ep 110: Hidden Depression in Perfectionists

Ep 110: Hidden Depression in Perfectionists

Update: 2020-11-011
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We know our teenagers better than anybody else, so we’d definitely know when they were feeling depressed...right? The basic symptoms of a depressed person are recognizable---withdrawing from social activities, no longer participating in things they used to enjoy, changes in dress and diet. If we saw that our teen exhibited these symptoms or noticed that they seemed anxious or unenthusiastic about life, we’d definitely know something was up.

But what about a teen who’s depression isn’t quite so easily spotted?  What if your teen seemed to be doing perfectly--class president, varsity soccer team, prom queen--but deep down, they were hiding a seriously crippling mental health crisis? Teenagers like this exist, and in fact this kind of depression is a lot more common than you might think.

To shed some light on this subject, we’re sitting down with Dr. Margaret Rutherford, author of Perfectly Hidden Depression: How to Break Free From the Perfectionism that Masks your Depression. The book is all about how some people experience depression in a way we may not think of as “traditional” or” conventional”. These people seem as though they’ve got everything together on the surface, but inside, a deep depression is stirring...
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Ep 110: Hidden Depression in Perfectionists

Ep 110: Hidden Depression in Perfectionists

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