Solitude is not the same as isolation. Is a patient isolating themselves and what can be done to help?
Susan J. Noonan, MD, MPH, talks how withdrawing risks prolonging depression, how all alone time is not the same, and how patients can push themselves in small steps to socialize.
Dr Noonan is a physician consultant and Certified Peer Specialist in the Department of Psychiatry at McLean Hospital and the Massachusetts General Hospital. She is the author of four books and a blog on managing depression, most recently Helping Others With Depression: Words to Say, Things to Do (December 2020). Dr Noonan offers peer counseling to fellow patients, including physicians and other professionals, and can be confidentially reached through her website at https://susannoonanmd.com.