When we have that automatic tendency to repeatedly withdraw into ourselves and away from family and friends, I know that my depressing is about to begin. It is at this moment, and with time and practice, that this ritual can be stopped. In time we will recognize any move toward isolation just another way to keep ourselves in the prison of depression. This is a character defect — to become isolated and let life happen to us instead of taking responsibility for our own life today, one day at a time.
So, what do we do? My plan of action is to have a plan established beforehand — like going through a practice fire drill at work, or at home. You already know what to do when the thought flashes in your mind to withdraw and isolate. Most thoughts which tend to isolate us appear suddenly without much warning. So, the moral of the story is if you don’t want to isolate and continue to spiral down into the pit, make sure you have a plan of action to counter this move toward deeper depression.