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How is social isolation related to depression?

Along with a loss of interest in pleasurable activities, depressed loved ones may also withdraw socially, refusing invitations from friends and family, or making excuses about attending social events, says Michael Garrett, MD, vice chairman and professor of Clinical Psychiatry at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn. "A persistent period of diminished mood for more than a couple of days may be marked by social isolation—not returning phone calls or texts, or not being as involved in family activities or social gatherings as before." If depression is left untreated, social isolation can lead to an increase in depression symptoms, including deeper feelings of sadness, hopelessness and loneliness.

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