Monthly Archives: June 2010

Never Enough

The following is some recent correspondence between myself and a high school friend.  I share it because the “I’m not doing enough”/ “I can’t get on top of everything that needs to be done” frustration she expresses seems to be a predominant issue among many women I have heart-to-hearts with.

Dear Cherie,

I am interested in your book. I know I will love it. There are many times I feel depressed. Not seriously like I need medication, but just feeling like I just can’t get anything done no matter how hard I try and I also feel like I am not reaching my full potential and that I should be doing much more than I am.

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Sobering Stats

sad girl

Statistics for teen females in the U.S.:

Adolescent girls are twice as likely as boys to develop depression (Mayo Clinic Foundation, 2006)

1 in 3 high school girls thinks about suicide at least once in a 2 week period (Best Friends Foundation, 2004)

81% of 10 year-old girls are afraid of becoming fat; 78% of 18 year-old girls are unhappy with their bodies (Body Wars: Making Peace With Women’s Bodies by M. Maine, 2000)

The majority of self-injurers are women (“Teens in Crisis: Cutting on the Rise,” D. Engelgau, Discovery Health, 2007)

Every 2 minutes a woman in America is sexually assaulted (Oprah episode,

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