Depression can make you want to isolate yourself. It’s a natural reaction.
Interacting with others takes energy, and when you can’t even get out of the house, the thought of being around other people can feel draining. But it is important to stay in touch with others. So one of your best and first steps is to stay in touch with others.
Another crucial step in helping yourself is to seek treatment. Medication can be very helpful for reducing the symptoms of depression. However, you may prefer psychotherapy over the use of medications. Both may be your best course of action; research has shown that the combination of talk therapy and medication is usually the most effective in treating depression. A licensed and trained mental health professional or a healthcare provider can conduct a thorough assessment and recommend the type of treatment that best suits you.