It's week 15 of Beckie's mental health matters prompt series over at Beckie's Mental Mess. Please visit her post for details on how to participate. This week's topic is isolation and introversion. Prompt #1 Questions: Are you more Isolated or Introverted? I've always been introverted; it's part of who I am. Depression makes me isolate, … Continue reading Working On Us – week 15
Can you be alone without being lonely? Or lonely without being alone? I would say yes on both counts. Google gives this as the primary definition of lonely: "sad because one has no friends or company." A secondary definition is "without companions; solitary." For both definitions "alone" is listed as a synonym. Google's definition of … Continue reading Alone, But Rarely Lonely
How To Be Miserable: 40 Strategies You Already Use by psychologist Randy J. Paterson challenges us to make our lives more miserable than the already are. The sneaky bit? He'll make us realize that we're already doing a lot of those things inadvertently. The book is broken down into 40 lessons, which are divided into … Continue reading Book review: How To Be Miserable
I live in a figurative cave that is of my own making (although I suppose of my depression's making would be more accurate). I have pushed nearly everyone out of my life, and while that is occasionally lonely, it feels much easier. My oldest friend keeps trying to remain in my life, even though I … Continue reading Cave-dwelling
I spent Christmas with my family this year. It was a small gathering - just my parents, my brother, his fiancee, and me. Except it didn't feel small; it seemed like there were far too many people around. I haven't had a lot of contact with my family for some time now because of my … Continue reading Feeling like a stranger in my own family
Depression is a profoundly isolating illness, as many mental illnesses can be, and as my illness progresses in many ways I find myself evolving into a hermit of sorts.