Social Isolation

The other evening, I was talking to my wife, when she asked me, ” Have you been out of the house today”? Not a hard question to answer… or so I thought. I sat there and said, no not today and we continued on discussing something that one of the kids did earlier that day at school.

That simple question, had me thinking, ” when was the last time, I left the house in order to engage in some form of meaningful interaction with the world around me”. Please don’t get me wrong,  I do  go to school a few days out of the week and I also take my kids to practices and attend my weekly counseling session. Yet, I could not recall the last time, I had left the house to go and do something that wasn’t “mandated” in the rule book of adulting. At this particular time, I believe it was going on two weeks. Two weeks of no true interactions with others, besides my family. Two weeks of basically moving from one safe area to another… Two weeks? No, it couldn’t be long, could it?

Social withdrawal is avoiding people and activities you would usually enjoy. For some people, this can progress to a point of social isolation, where you may even want to avoid contact with family and close friends and just be by yourself most of the time.

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Left unchecked, social withdrawal or isolation can lead to or be associated with depression and suicidal ideology. A side effect of isolated oneself is loneliness. This occurs when a person feels they are isolated and where there is a difference between the social relationships they have compared to the social relationships they want.  Social isolation is an impartial judgement that somebody’s social relations and social networks are lacking.

When you find yourself demonstrating antisocial behavior, it’s important to:

  • Address what’s causing you to want to be alone.
  • Reach out to your friends or family members even though it may be the last thing you feel like doing. Research shows that spending time talking with family or friends improves your mood and has a positive effect on health.
  • Connect with Veterans’ groups or participate in clubs or hobbies focused on something you enjoy.

Southern California Veterans Coalition is based on three pillars of healing, Communication, Education and Socialization. We understand the danger in veterans isolating themselves and falling into the abyss of depression. In order to combat this issue, we hold veteran events, educational seminars and opportunities, with support to help their local communities and have get back to doing the things they enjoy in life.

If you are a veteran or you know of a veteran, who is showing signs of withdrawing and isolating themselves, please contact Southern California Veterans Coalition because we have been there and we understand.

2 Replies to “Social Isolation”

  1. I’m using voice to text stop just reading everything that that I’m doing the isolation to depression all that and I know better iMac warm in but I you get so you’re afraid of yourself, last thing I want to do is snap on sun you know Port civilian just minding their own business not paying attention and I take it like they’re trying to you know take me out and so I get after I come down from the angry I feel so bad I don’t want to ever go back out it cost me my significant other and my son. But my son join the Army I’m a proud 1st Cav dad I didn’t want them to but he did it and someone see did I supported them completely cuz I don’t ever want him to hesitate to her and I said the most important thing is you don’t take 15 years and be court ordered to go to the VA find somebody you can talk to a Champlin NCO even one of your buddies get together don’t just go out and drink and think you can just forget about it by chasing girls and drinking cuz I don’t work for long so he said I forgive you Dad and I’m going to need you to get squared away so I have kids I want you to be there had to help and I now have my top motivating factor. That was almost two years ago I’ve been at the VA now for four years full time basically for treatment that I just became a grandfather and so even though I’m leery of going to Texas cuz they have no medical program and I don’t want to do anything illegal anymore because the vet Court took care of that for me and I’m not going to jeopardize my opportunity for a life worth living for I’ve been just surviving. 48 almost 50 years the first time I life I do feel hopeful for the future that I have a life worth living I’m going to be a grandpa and I it’s just in time for me to grow up LOL.

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    1. Karl
      Thank you for reaching out and sharing your story. It is an amazing testament to your love of your son and grandchild. That you are in a place that you feel hopeful and have a positive outlook on your future. Our apologies for the delay in response as we have been having personal issues over the last few months.
      Please feel free to contact us if there is anything you need or if you just want to chat and thank you for all the sacrifices you and your family have made for all of us.
      – DM

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