A common symptom or behaviour of depression is one of hiding away in our metaphorical cave.
One theory is that depression is actually a physical disease, often connected with inflammation and other physiological issues. The theory goes that the isolation part of depression was an evolutionary behaviour to force us to recuperate. It is thought by some theorists that depression is a glitch relating to this drive to hide away and recuperate which is mistakenly exaggerated in some people.
It has been recommended to me in the past to ensure that I don’t isolate myself when depressed but instead socially engage with others. However this strategy needs to be balanced with physical rest and quality sleep and you mustn’t socialise too much otherwise burnout may occur.
I have found my recent social media interactions (Facebook and WordPress) to be very healing. I feel less alone with my problem and I feel a genuine sense of connection which has given me greater self-worth. When depressed I often believe that people don’t like me, which due to my defensiveness, can lead me in to a self-fulfilling prophecy.
I have also had little texting moments with friends and the odd longer phone call. These social interactions boosted my confidence and helped take the edge off my depression related self-doubt.
I feel this has been great progress for me.
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