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Does anyone else ever get very antisocial periods?? - January 8th 2013, 09:38 PM

Sometimes I go through periods of a few days to a few weeks where I just don't really want much human contact or to spend much time with friends. I just started back in college yesterday and as my sleep timetable is still set to 'Lazy Holiday' I'm wrecked and I just don't feel like socialising this week. That's not that uncommon for me. Sometimes I just don't feel like being talked to. I'm not sure whether it's because of depression or just me in general.

Is this normal?? I feel like it's not. :/


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Re: Does anyone else ever get very antisocial periods?? - January 8th 2013, 09:44 PM

For me it's closely related to depression - when I'm low I don't want to talk to anybody, or even be in the same room as them.

But, seeing as you're tired and trying to adjust to a new sleep schedule, and socialising takes effort (a lot of people don't realise that, but conversation takes focus and whatnot), if it doesn't last too long I wouldn't worry about it.

If you stay in the "I don't like people" sort of funk for longer than a week and you know you're prone to depression, then I'd see somebody about it.
   
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Re: Does anyone else ever get very antisocial periods?? - January 8th 2013, 10:10 PM

I get into these a lot especially after holidays because I had been surrounded by people for so long. I would try and talk to someone if it becomes to much of a problem. You mention depression if you get depressed more often it could very well be that.


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Re: Does anyone else ever get very antisocial periods?? - January 8th 2013, 10:27 PM

Thanks guys, really good to know I'm not alone. I've been coping with depression for over ten years so I know it's good to talk to people if it gets bad!! This is just something that I get even when I'm not feeling generally depressed so it made me wonder.


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Re: Does anyone else ever get very antisocial periods?? - January 10th 2013, 06:02 PM

I get that often too, and like you, sometimes it also happens when I'm not feeling generally depressed. It just happens sometimes. For me, that's a warning that I am going to get majorly depressed for no reason.


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Re: Does anyone else ever get very antisocial periods?? - January 12th 2013, 02:45 PM

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As said, it is normal to a certain extent. For one, as you clearly already know, it is a symptom of depression so just make sure to take care of yourself and handle that if necessary.

Sometimes, I just need time alone honestly. People cause drama and stress and I need to get a break. It also can be beneficial to your mental health in my opinion. It gives me time to do what I need to in order to take proper care of myself, even if it is being lazy for a while! Just make sure that you are not pulling away from social situations such as friends in a way that will make make a negative impact or for unhealthy reasons.

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Re: Does anyone else ever get very antisocial periods?? - January 19th 2013, 04:26 AM

Well, this happens to me a lot, but only for certain people, during certain times. I have depression, so this may be part of it, but I'm also bipolar and so sometimes I just need human contact.
For one of my friends, for example, I make myself be antisocial around him because my depression makes me believe I annoy him. Yet I feel like I can't make it through the day without him in general. Same with a couple of other people.
So I kind of force myself to be quiet sometimes, but other times, I just get exhausted from being so..... in the way and conversing that I can't talk to anyone about anything.
   
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Re: Does anyone else ever get very antisocial periods?? - January 19th 2013, 12:15 PM

Hey!

I'm the same way. Sometimes it's related to depression, and other times it's just me. When I was in the hospital, we were taught about being able to "take space" from people if we needed some time to be alone or cool down. The general rule of thumb is that it should be a relatively short period of time and after that it turns into avoidance. So for me, going a couple days where I'm not looking to socialize is normal, and after that I'm starting to avoid the situation. I find that if I don't socialize for too long, I wind up getting more depressed rather than less so, even though I always think the opposite is true. A lot of the time I don't even realize how depressed not socializing is making me until I get myself out there!

You mentioned that sometimes you don't socialize for a few weeks. I'd guess that at that point it's starting to turn into depression instead of a nice reprieve from people. You mentioned that you know to talk to people if it gets bad, which is good, but you might find that if you get yourself out there BEFORE it gets bad, it could help to prevent a depressive episode. Prevention is key. If you've been avoiding socializing for a while, even if you don't feel like it, I'd try to make yourself. Remember that you don't always have to be the life of the party. Sometimes just being around people, even if you're not talking to them, is a good grounding skill for depression. I know that I get caught up in my head too much when I'm depressed and being around others helps to ground me more in reality and help me to feel better.

I hope this helps a little bit!

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