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One of the worst things about depression is that it’s a self-reinforcing cycle. Sadness keeps you from enjoying things you once found fun, so you stop doing them. This in turn makes you feel even worse, and can add a layer of guilt to the mix, because you think that you should be enjoying the activity.
The result of all of this is withdrawal from the rest of the world. You begin to isolate yourself, first from strangers and casual acquaintances, then from friends, until finally you’re hiding from your own family. Not only does this deepen your own depression, but it can also lead to emotional turmoil for your loved ones. It’s important to stop self-isolation as soon as you realize it’s happening, but this requires some planning and foresight.
Here are a few tips on how to stop self-isolation:
The urge to be alone with your depression will not vanish overnight, but having a few strategies on how to stop self-isolation will help you get through the worst of it.
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