I've been reading the different blogs and articles on here about depression. They are all really interesting and I too have a history of major depression. When I was in residency for my eating disorder, we talked about isolation a lot. They talked to our family members about it as well. My sisters have made a conscious effort to include me in more family activities, dinner, or just to come out and spend the night. If you can't do it for yourself, get your family or friends to make you get out of the house. They love you, they'll do it for you.
I also started doing something called EMDR with my therapist. Here's an article from the NYTimes that explains it better than I can... http://consults.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/02/the-evidence-on-e-m-d-r/
it works. It's not something you do and the next day you are cured but over time I've noticed my anxiety level is much more stable and not every outcome will be a catastrophe. The negative dialogue in my head is slowly diminishing and I'm not isolating. If you have a therapist you may want to talk to them if it's something you think would help. It's used mostly for people who have experienced trauma or have PTSD, but it can be used for things that aren't as intense, in regards to life experiences.
Anyway, it's just something that is working for me and I wanted to share. Again talk to your doctor and do the research to see if it's right for you. I'm not a doctor, i only play one online.
I can tell you, I would never have written the article on eating disorders for this site 3 months ago. I would have been mortified. No one outside of my family and a few close friends knew about my 30 day stay at a clinic before that article was posted. My outlook on my experience has changed from being terribly embarrassed about my eating disorder to; maybe this will help someone else. I call that progress.
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