Why do bipolar people isolate themselves?

I can’t give you a definitive scientific or psychological answer. I will explain my experience

  • I don’t have the energy to go out.
  • I may not have the energy to engage one-on-one in my house.
  • I may not have the energy to get out of bed, much less bathe or brush my teeth.
  • I just want to sleep.
  • When you are seriously depressed, dialing a phone is difficult. I may have to dial a number 3 times before I get it right.
  • I don’t want to bother other people
  • I don’t want to be a downer for other people.
  • Some people have little patience for depressed people. If I know this about someone, I will avoid them.
  • Some people feel like they don’t deserve friends when they are depressed.
  • I may be suicidal and pushing people away would make it easier for me to do it.

©2016 Stephen L. Martin

Painting: Depiction of St. Jerome during his isolation in the Syrian desert by Pinturicchio

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