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Dr. Margaret Rutherford On Perfectly Hidden Depression

On episode 76, we welcome clinical psychologist Margaret Rutherford to discuss her new book Hidden Depression: How to Break Free from the Perfectionism.

Perfectly hidden depression affects as many of us as the common form of depression that we’re used to seeing. Fueled by a desire to maintain an image of perfection, those struggling with it are the high achievers, whose integrity, sense of responsibility, stoical nature, and ambition to propel them to professional heights.

Dr. Margaret Rutherford On Perfectly Hidden Depression

Margaret’s understanding of the syndrome teaches us that there’s more than the eye can see. By outlining the meaning of perfectly hidden depression, she hopes to begin the conversation about hidden suffering and unexplainable suicide in order to prevent further tragedies.


About Dr. Margaret Rutherford

Dr. Margaret Rutherford is a clinical psychologist that has practiced for twenty-six years in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She began blogging and podcasting in 2012 to destigmatize mental illness and educate the public about therapy and treatment.

With her compassionate and common-sense style, her work can be found at, as well as HuffPost, Psych Central, Psychology Today, The Mighty, the Gottman Blog and others.

Dr. Margaret Rutherford On Perfectly Hidden Depression

She hosts a weekly podcast, The SelfWork Podcast and her new book is called Perfectly Hidden Depression: How to Break Free from the Perfectionism that Masks Your Depression, and is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble or your local bookstore.

Topics covered with Dr. Margaret Rutherford

  • Discuss perfectly hidden depression
  • Unhealthy coping strategies that can mask inner turmoil and sorrow
  • Our own experiences with the syndrome and why we hid it
  • Stages to healing PHD, the difference between perfectionism and self-acceptance
  • Environmental messages we receive that foster PHD and why understanding their sources is as significant to healing as behavioral change
  • Margaret’s own experience with PHD
  • Why vulnerability is more conducive to forming relationships than projecting perfection


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