At the heart of it, humans are social beings and an inability to socialize can lead to a number of psychological conditions, primarily depression and anxiety. Research shows that people who have a large group of friends and belong to a number of social groups are less likely to suffer from depression and a big factor to a successful anxiety treatment.
However, it is not always simple to treat depression through socialization. One of the symptoms of depression is a withdrawal from friends, family and other social interactions. A lack of socialization and the symptoms of depression can therefore lead to a negative spiral.
In order to successfully treat depression through socialization, the following steps can be taken:
1. Group Therapy
The main aim of any group therapy session is to allow an individual to express themselves in a safe environment surrounded by others who may be suffering from depression. This lets them know that they are not alone in their depression and that there is hope that they can resolve their problems.
However, only interacting with others suffering with a similar condition can negatively reinforce the depression. It is important to integrate other types of socialization into a treatment plan.
2. Activities And Hobbies
It will be necessary to select activities or hobbies that involves interaction with different types of people. These types of activities can be individual such as reading, sewing or arts and crafts but must contain an element of socialization.
For example, a person who loves to read can join or even start their own book club or join the local library and volunteer to read to children.
The more activities and social interactions, the more likely a depressed person is to find a place where they feel like they fit in and are comfortable.
3. The Type Of Socialization
Simply socializing is not always conducive to reducing the symptoms of depression. In order to see successful results, the type of socialization becomes important. Simply sitting in the corner at a social event will not have the same impact as interacting and taking part in the socialization.
The socialization also needs to be rewarding in some way. It must fulfill a need and create a requirement for further socialization.
It is also important to consider individual requirements. Some people may benefit more from face to face interaction with one person rather than many people in a social environment. Neglecting this important factor could have negative consequences rather than aiding in resolving depression.