Isolation certainly can be a contributing factor for many people.
Community, family, and friends, are among the things that mental health professionals consider to be factors in a person's mental health.
If someone is completely isolated from these things, their mental health could suffer.
when I try to socialize I always end up feeling worse. I always feel extremely anxious and can't enjoy the interaction at all
I am much the same way.
I'm introverted, and often enjoy my alone time more than I'd enjoy being around others.
It's tough to for me to balance this.
I'd agree with people who suggest it's healthy to have good relationships with friends and family, as well as possitive involvment in your community. But, for some of us, it's hard to have those good relationships and interactions.
Some of us are more introverted, and/or have a greater need for individuality. This can cause us to be lacking in our relations with friends and family and lacking community interaction.
I've discussed this with my therapist, and she really didn't have any solutions, other than agreeing with me that it may be tough to find that balance.
Some people may also have personality disorders, or other conditions, that hinder them from being able to establish strong possitive relationships with friends and family or their community.
As a result, I'd suspect that these sorts of people, (myself included possibly)
may be at a higher risk of depression, simply because they're less able to easilly forge these healthy relationships with others.
I find it strange that according to my psychiatrist social isolation has absolutely nothing to do with depression.
I also find it strange that a psychiatrist would say that.
Edited by 1rw, 16 December 2009 - 11:38 AM.