Isolating

Isolating

Isolating or withdrawing from society is quite common with mental illness. During the first few months of her illness my daughter lost all her friends from school, she stopped communicating in the home and spent most of her time alone in her room. I think many of her friends abandoned her because they did not know how to interact with her. Some may even have been frightened or thought that she was not a good influence. It was unfortunate but most of them probably had very little knowledge about mental illness. It can be very unnerving being with someone suffering from psychosis. It took several years before my daughter had any companions other than me and her brothers. It was only when she joined the psycho-social rehabilitation clubhouse that she started to make friends again.