• Share. Be Supported. Recover.

    We are a friendly, safe community supporting each other's mental health. We are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

How to cope with social isolation?



New member
Mar 15, 2019
New York
TL;DR:I really want to learn how to me emotionally independent and not reliant on any friends and not be depressed because I have almost none who would spend time with me.

Backstory: I am a 20 year , 2nd year student studying engineering and have been having troubles with socialisation since I came to uni. Since I came here, far away from home I have had very few friends and recently, in second year, having almost no friends.I know a huge network of people but have no friends. By having no friends I mean no one ever messages me at least with a hi. No one ever wants to go out even when I ask because they are too busy, uninterested or some other reason. I see people always have time for others but never seam to want to stay with me. I am always reaching out to others, checking on them, seeing how everyone is doing but no one even says hi to me. The only other messages I get are for hw. I have become the somewhat default person to go to for hw, questions and exam help.

A good example of my predicament is my room mates. I knew them from first year and decided to rent with them in second year. At home I talk with them whenever I am free but whenever they make plans they never seam to invite me or don't want me to come. When they say they don't want me to come they say it's because I don't know the people. This seams a bit odd because out of lets say a group of 7 people who are meeting, including my roommates I would not know 1 of them and I am friends with the rest.

The only socialisation I get is if in between classes or in classes or after classes I bump into people I know and have a conversation with them. After this nothing else happens. I alway hear everything people say and be a support to each person with whatever they have. I always like helping people and am in no was an introvert. The only thing with me is I don't talk too much. By this I mean comparatively I talk very less. I see everyone else talking about what they did, where they went and even the very small minute detail. I find talking about yourself very self centred and generaly do not like to discuss anything I have done or any problems I am facing. I like to talk with other people on what they did ,but not what I did and also other topics such as school, work, engineering topics and current affairs but never about myself. I generally never try to force a conversation. Just because I am bored and have nothing to do, I will never open my mouth nor message anyone unless I need something.

I like being around people, and want to go around seeing and doing things but not alone. I am currently exploring this new city on my own and honestly have seen more of it then some other people but I really don't want to do it alone. I am getting really sad and depressed spending more time on my own while I see everyone else enjoying with each other. The more this happens, the sadder I get and the less willing i am to do work. Recently I have been sleeping 12-14hrs vs my usual of 6-7. I have skipped classes, stopped submitting hw and doing extremely poorly in test because I don't have a will to work. How can I accept the situation I am in, develop form it and become more mentally strong to be less worried about friends and more focused on work.

In high school I also had a similar problem but the difference between then and now is in high school I had a close group of friends who I stayed with and enjoyed with. I had a lot of acquaintances who I talked with on occasion but never really hanged out with. The acquaintances would ask me for help and I would. I wasn't depressed about socialisation in high school never bothered me because I knew I had a group of friends who I could enjoy with.

I have a feeling social media could also be a play as I see everyone "enjoying" and not their struggles.

PS: Sorry for any grammatically errors, I am writing this as I go to my exam.
PSS: My profile is not accurate, I don't want to give too many details about my location.


Well-known member
Jan 23, 2019
When I was 20-years-old I was very happy, I'm 44 now, I was studying economics, had friends, life was good, but time does move on, so working now, life is ok but miserable a lot, but do miss my old life, maybe your life will be good when your in your 40's & you won't miss your old life, it can happen that way. I'm a bit like you with sleeping, go to bed 8:30pm every night, when used to stay up all night, life can circle that way, maybe you can build on this negative experience in your life, I do have a positive feeling that one day I will snap out of it, & my life will one day be better than one in which I never even suffered.


Well-known member
Aug 27, 2018
I went through a period of time like that myself, when I was in a University studying engineering. I have a feeling things will change for you for the better. Life can be rather lonely at times, it can be difficult, I know from personal experience. I hope things improve for you.


Well-known member
Feb 8, 2019
California, USA
You need to stay on top of your schoolwork, so if depression is interfering with this, you should see your doctor, or the school might have a mental health resource for students.
Lots of people are lonely at college. You see the ones running around with friends, but there are plenty alone in their rooms.
My son came home from college after his first year, due to depression and being lonely. He goes to a local college now.
Does your college have clubs you can join? If everyone is asking you for homework help, perhaps you can form a study group?
Similar threads
Thread starter Title Forum Replies Date
N How to cope with social isolation? Depression Forum 5
C Struggling to cope Depression Forum 17
Miserable How do you cope with the loss? Depression Forum 6
sunset547544 Can't Cope Anymore Depression Forum 4
Icarus79 Unable to cope with the threat of love lost. Depression Forum 17
Wheelie Bin Barry If Your Struggling, If You Cant Cope, If You Cant Hold On, This Is For You. Depression Forum 10
R How do you cope with major depression Depression Forum 1
P How to Cope With Constant Loneliness Depression Forum 6
F Struggling to cope with fiancés depression Depression Forum 17
U I can’t cope anymore. Depression Forum 13
Carol1952 How to you manage or cope with your depression? Depression Forum 1
J Mentally destroyed... can’t cope with anything anymore Depression Forum 8
P How to Cope when You feel like You've Lost Everything. Depression Forum 2
Y not sure how too cope Depression Forum 8
M Any ideas how to cope with a Depressive/stressful life? Depression Forum 3
PurpleDaffodils Guy ive been seeing for a year tells me we were never dating... Cant cope. Depression Forum 7
Tawny How will i cope living with my mum again? Depression Forum 9
wollie How do you guys cope Depression Forum 6
L I cant cope anymore Depression Forum 5
S How do you cope with Weather change influencing your mental state ? Depression Forum 23
I cant cope with alcoholic Depression Forum 4
S How to cope at work? Depression Forum 5
B I'm fine - but I constantly feel like I can't cope being alive anymore. Depression Forum 10
M How do I cope with being alone? Depression Forum 11
P Dont feel like i can cope anymore Depression Forum 2
G How to cope with a move Depression Forum 2
J I can't cope with all my feelings? Depression Forum 3
L Finding it difficult to cope and be around people Depression Forum 10
D Do I have depression? I feel like I can't cope at the moment Depression Forum 1
Emptycomfort Want out I can’t cope Depression Forum 2
C I am so stressed right now, I feel like I cant cope anymore Depression Forum 2
P When you just can’t cope Depression Forum 3
B Fiancee leaving me and I cant cope. Depression Forum 3
N how to cope? Depression Forum 4
S I can only cope with one university class each day Depression Forum 3
S How do I cope? Depression Forum 4
L Struggling to cope with husband's depression Depression Forum 3
A Desperate for advice on how to cope with depression Depression Forum 7
W Parents made me study something I hate and I can't cope anymore Depression Forum 7
L I'm struggling to cope. Depression Forum 6
M My depressed boyfriend left me, help me cope please Depression Forum 6
O Depression & relationships. How to cope? Depression Forum 1
whyme88 Looking for advice on how to cope... Depression Forum 2
I cant cope with this no one seems to understand Depression Forum 5
J My depression is to much to cope Depression Forum 7
J How do you cope with loss of interest? Depression Forum 6
E Struggling to cope Depression Forum 3
L I can't cope anymore I want to die Depression Forum 15
I im crying So badly at life i cant cope anymore and cant see me beijg here much lomger:-( Depression Forum 8
N How do I cope with loss Depression Forum 4

Similar threads