Breaking Out of Isolation Despite Depression

Merely Me Health Guide

    Hi all


    Okay so have we survived this week?  I am glad it is Friday.  Been a rough week for me.  We are trying new medications to help my son who has autism and it has been extremely challenging.  I feel for anyone who is undergoing this process of trying to see what works and what doesn't, adjusting dosages, weaning off one med to try another, and dealing with side effects.  I am having to take my own advice I have stated here many times and that it is all a process and any new med changes takes time as in weeks.  Doesn't time seem to stand still when you are going through all this?  We are weaning him from Prozac and trying Celexa and also adding Clonodine. 

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    Cross your fingers for us that it will all work out in the end.


    Moving right along here...


    One of the themes we have been discussing as a group lately is that of wanting to isolate but also understanding that isolation may not always be the best thing for us. 


    Wanted to give you guys some links about this topic to read.


    My life skills exercise for you and for myself this week is to get out of our collective comfort zones and do something which is not isolating.  I am not saying go try to be some party animal or give a public presentation...all I am saying is to try a little social activity and see how it goes. 


    Here are some ideas of small things you can do:


    *  Call up a friend you haven't talked to in a long time...or write a letter...write a short email.  The whole purpose is to attempt to make contact. 

    *  Say "Hello" or greet someone this week who you otherwise might not say anything to.  It could be a clerk in a store, someone walking down the street, your neighbor.  The point is to take just a few seconds to acknowledge another person, make eye contact, and say "Hi."


    *  Think about what interests you and look at clubs, classes, and social activities offered in your community.  Here is a link to a site called Meet Up where you can find a ton of social groups in your area.  Look at all the groups and just think about it to start.

    And now for our weekly wrap up:

    1.  On a scale of one to ten how would you rate this week as far as your mood?

    2.  What were your greatest challenges this week?


    3.  In what ways would you like to get out of your comfort zone?


    Keep on trying...that is all anyone can do.  I would encourage you all to write a sharepost about how things are currently going for you....please do talk about the challenges you are experiencing and what things are working for you.  If you just write a post saying "hello" this is great too.  We don't care if you write a novel...we care that you are reaching out and getting the support you need.  This is what this site is for. 


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    I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I will be back on Monday. 


    Take good care of YOU.




Published On: August 27, 2010