There are two things that having depression has for sure taught me about mental illness: that it is very real and very debilitating, and that it is really, really difficult to talk about mental illness without feeling like a complete failure. How do you admit to someone else that there are days when you can’t even bring yourself to get out of bed? How do you explain to the people in your life that sometimes, even the idea of taking a shower or leaving the house feels like an impossible task?
Alonism should not be confused with escapism or isolationism, which is the act of purposefully avoiding social contact. Escapism or isolationism can be a cause, side effect and result of alonism. It should also not be confused with the definition of one who is extremely weird in nature and behaviour.