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What Is Perfectly Hidden Depression?


Welcome to a new column on Psych Central! I’m Dr. Margaret Rutherford, and I’m a clinical psychologist whose practice has been based in Fayetteville, Arkansas for twenty-five years. I couldn’t be more excited to share with you what I’ve been researching and writing about for the last four years — Perfectly Hidden Depression ®.

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  • February 15, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    This is a great idea for a column. PHD is also such an apt acronym for high achievers who put on the masks of strength and smiles as they walk through the door to leave their homes in the mornings. I was 41 before I began to openly deal with the real on-going, lifetime of depression that I had lived. In my 20s I described myself as a writhing mass of jello inside a seemingly strong but brittle shell, and people would laugh. They did not believe me because I kept it perfectly hidden. Thank you for this first part of the series and I look forward to future pieces in your column.

    • February 15, 2018 at 4:08 pm

      Thanks so much Nancy. I’m so glad you had the courage and the ability to become conscious of that depression, and its effect on you. People tend to believe what they see on the surface, and that can be unintentionally hurtful. I appreciate so much your story and your comment.


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