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How can I help a person with mental illness who is socially withdrawn?

In all the serious mental illnesses, social withdrawal can be a problem. Young people with schizophrenia isolate themselves in their bedrooms. People with depression tend to stay in bed a lot of the time. It is difficult to know exactly the reason for this but the complex surroundings of a normal life may be too much for the person who is dealing with a considerably active or traumatic inner life.
Reach out carefully to the person despite their withdrawal. Forcing someone to join in with family life does not usually have the desired result. Gentle persuasion to be involved one on one with family members may be of benefit. It may also help to talk with the person about their withdrawal and show a genuine desire to understand. Ask questions and listen to the answers.

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