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Depression, anxiety, and personal emotional struggles, are hard to manage on their own. You can feel very lonely in that battle. And so many people either can’t or won’t try therapy. It’s too weird, it’s too expensive, or you’re nervous about trying it. SelfWork can help you begin that healing, or be an addition to the work you’re already doing, as I offer compassionate common-sense directions, ideas and goals toward the changes you want to make. I’ve been a psychologist for over 25 years; and here at SelfWork, I let you in on what I’ve learned from people just like you.

The SelfWork Podcast Margaret Robinson Rutherford PhD

    • Mental Health

Depression, anxiety, and personal emotional struggles, are hard to manage on their own. You can feel very lonely in that battle. And so many people either can’t or won’t try therapy. It’s too weird, it’s too expensive, or you’re nervous about trying it. SelfWork can help you begin that healing, or be an addition to the work you’re already doing, as I offer compassionate common-sense directions, ideas and goals toward the changes you want to make. I’ve been a psychologist for over 25 years; and here at SelfWork, I let you in on what I’ve learned from people just like you.

    167 SelfWork: Is It OCD, GAD, Bipolar, BPD or Perfectly Hidden Depression (PHD)?

    167 SelfWork: Is It OCD, GAD, Bipolar, BPD or Perfectly Hidden Depression (PHD)?

    There are certain diagnoses that may be co-occurring with perfectly hidden depression (PHD) or could be confused with PHD.Those diagnoses are Bipolar II disorder, Obsessive Compulsive disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder. We'll talk today about what traits PHD and these other disorders have in common and what makes them distinct from one another.

    • 23 min
    166 SelfWork: Finding Your Way Back to Love

    166 SelfWork: Finding Your Way Back to Love

    Valentines can hold as much angst for people as the holiday season. And if you have conflict or estrangement or alienation within your relationship, then that pain can become more distinct. Today we’re going to focus on what can cause these kinds of problems. But as usual, we’re also focusing on “what you can do about it.”

    • 26 min
    165 SelfWork: The Deep Mourning of Sudden Death: When Time Will Not Stop

    165 SelfWork: The Deep Mourning of Sudden Death: When Time Will Not Stop

    Kobe Bryant's family is only one of the many families who have to face an extremely harsh tragedy - the traumatic death of someone they love. There is a difference in this kind of grief because it's traumatic in the most pure sense. So what can you do to help? Let's talk.

    • 26 min
    164 SelfWork: Coping with the Fear of Depression's Return

    164 SelfWork: Coping with the Fear of Depression's Return

    Is there a time frame for what’s supposed to happen after a major depression has struck? How do you deal with some of the destructive choices you may have made when you were depressed? We’ll talk today on SelfWork about the factors that are important … and how to work with and manage your insecurity and fear of your depression returning.

    • 24 min
    163 SelfWork: Emotional Growth: An Exercise in Self-Compassion

    163 SelfWork: Emotional Growth: An Exercise in Self-Compassion

    In today’s SelfWork, we’re going to be talking about how to enrich your emotional life through self-compassion. So many people tell me that they don’t know how to begin to risk feelings that have been suppressed for years.But when you do, you expand the emotions available to you, and enrich your own emotional life.Today, i offer one simple exercise or visualization for you to try that might open an emotional door for you.

    • 26 min
    162 SelfWork: Is Healthy Narcissism Real?

    162 SelfWork: Is Healthy Narcissism Real?

    Today we’re talking about the difference between narcissism and healthy narcissism. There are big differences and since the word "narcissistic" is being thrown around so much these days, I thought I’d do my part to keep things clear. I’m quoting three experts -- Dr. Dale Archer, Bob Taibbi, and Dr. Craig Malkin – all who have fascinating takes on the subject.

    • 24 min

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