Loneliness doesnt always lead to depression and isolation.

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It depends on the person. Originally, I thought that it was due to my loneliness that I had gotten depressed, but I later realized that there had been certain behaviors that had led to that loneliness. My parents were mean and vicious and completely inept, so I hadn't developed a way with people - I was scared of them. Also, I've come to believe that for many people, depression starts in the womb - if you've been exposed to your mother's stress hormones and her not taking proper care of herself nutritionally and otherwise, there's little chance that your brain would develop a strong coping mechanism as well. It's a vicious circle, but there's a way out, of course - don't get stuck in repetitive behaviors and thoughts. It's hard as hell, but it's doable and worth it. Cheers

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depression then isolation. if you have a healthy mind you can handle loneliness and take steps to combat it and eventually you will not be lonely any more. when you are depressed though your mind cannot see a way out of any problem and you drive people away leading to complete isolation.

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I think lonliness can lead to depression and depression leads to lonliness I personally think they go hand and hand

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Depression leads to lonliness and isolation. I know. Been there done that.

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Depresion then isolation.

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@nunyabuziness agreed but depression normally leads to lonliness and isolation

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I believe loneliness comes from not having authentic connections to other people and not being understood, and it can lead to depression (?). Depression is a medical mental health issue, low levels of serotonin in your brain, can be genetic I think, and can be treated with therapy and antidepressants. I don't think there are any medical treatments for loneliness. But depression definitely leads to loneliness and isolation.

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Either or.
Which comes first, the chicken or the egg. Both, and neither.
You can be depressed simply because you have no reason not to be, but I would say that a lot of times when you feel lonely you become depressed, and when you feel depressed, you become isolated.

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That's a good question. For me, the isolation came first - I was badly bullied at work - then I became depressed because I lost trust in people. I often feel awkward and stupid and find it hard to enjoy doing anything, so I'm not much fun to be with. <br />
I think maybe you can decide that you're going to deal with the loneliness, though, whatever caused it. If I decide to act on doing something positive, like, meeting a friend in town, or calling an acquaintance to see if they'll go to a pub with me, then I've taken action to deal with the isolation and it helps with the depression too. It doesn't always work, and I don't always get a good response, but occasionally I will meet someone and do something positive. I have set up a seed sharing group and we meet once every six weeks for a drink and to compare gardening notes. Then I'm not just focused on how @!£$%@$ miserable I feel.

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