What is Patriarchy Stress Disorder?

That’s probably a question you’ve never asked yourself because I’m guessing you’ve never even heard of it. I hadn’t until I stumbled across the book by Dr Valerie Rein.

Having struggled with depression, anxiety and chronic pain for almost a decade, I’ve always felt like I am a person who needs to be fixed. I’ve always seen my mental illness, my physical pain, even my body in general, as things that are inherently wrong. Things that don’t fit into what society expects me to me.

When I read Patriarchy Stress Disorder (over a matter of days) I literally cried. This science-backed approach to explain WHY women feel so unworthy and scared made me feel so seen, so comforted, and gave me hope for the future.

Here is an excerpt from Dr Valerie Rein’s website:

All of the hard work, success, and achievement aren’t actually satisfying…You know you’re here for more. You might have tried therapy, coaching, self-help books, retreats, and personal development programs… You’ve made progress. But you’re still not where you want to be.

You’ve got tons of insight… but the way you FEEL doesn’t change at the core. Leaving you wondering: What’s wrong with me? And the answer is — Nothing. You’re brilliant. If you could have figured it out — you would have figured it out long ago. The problem is misdiagnosed.

It’s not you, It’s Patriarchy Stress Disorder.

In this episode of the Out of Office podcast I chat to Dr Valerie Rein to find out:

  • What is Patriarchy Stress Disorder?
  • Why do we as women, constantly feel unsafe?
  • How is this impacting our confidence and relationships?
  • How can we prioritise pleasure?
  • And so much more…

Learn more about Dr Valerie Rein

Patriarchy Stress Disorder: The Invisible Inner Barrier to Women’s Happiness and Fulfillment – Buy now

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Out of Office: Ditch the 9-5 and Be Your Own Boss – Buy now

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