Depression can make you want to lock your door, take the phone off the hook, and hide under the covers. But don't give up your social activities — they may provide the lift you need. For many people with depression, simply getting out of bed can be a struggle, and mustering enough energy and motivation to visit with friends and family can be harder still. Though you might feel like you want to be alone, isolating yourself can make you feel more depressed, whereas social interaction can have a positive influence on depression symptoms.
There's been a lot of dialogue surrounding depression -- particularly in light of recent events -- as people struggle to understand why and how it affects people in the ways that it does. And for the million people worldwide with the condition, it can be just as hard to articulate its effects as it is to understand it. Depression can make people feel like their minds have completely rebelled against them. From a lack of will to physical pain, it can cause people to function poorly at work, in school and in social activities, according to the World Health Organization. Many people who experience depression can also experience symptoms of anxiety. But those factors are just the start.
The authors examined the effects of activities of daily living ADL and perceived social support on the level of depression among elderly Turkish people. Participants were adults older than the age of 60 years. The authors hypothesized that a lower levels of ADL would predict a higher level of depression, b a higher level of perceived social support would predict a lower level of depression, and c perceived social support would moderate the relation between ADL and depression. Although hierarchical multiple regression analysis did not yield a significant effect for an ADL-perceived social support interaction, ADL and perceived social support significantly predicted depression among elderly people. Thus, perceived social support did not moderate the relation between ADL and depression among elderly people; however, higher ADL functioning and higher perceived social support predicted lower depression.
Suffering from too much solo time during the pandemic? There are some easy-to-implement ways to combat loneliness. A Cigna survey of more than 20, people in the United States, for instance, found that 46 percent said they sometimes or always felt alone and that 47 percent said they sometimes or always felt left out. Other research has looked at the impact of loneliness on the body and mind, and tied loneliness to not only a higher risk for psychological disorders, such as depression and anxiety , but physical repercussions as well. A study published in a issue of the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences PNAS , for example, linked loneliness to chronic, systemic inflammation, which increases the risk for a host of disorders, from cancer to neurodegenerative diseases.