After posting this same statement on facebook, a friend quoted this for me:
"Social isolation is the number one risk factor in developing a schizoform or psychotic disorder. Without mature coping mechanisms, a lack of quality interaction will produce a pathological psyche even within someone with a perfectly 'normal' brain" -So the lack of quality interaction does play a great role in behaviour disorders and can eventually make a normal person psychotic. The DSM IV is full of adjustment disorder classifications, the recovery from these has to do with change of environment. So interaction can make you sick or can make you well depending on who you are interacting with.
---I felt so validated, there are no words. (Actually, that's not true. There are ALWAYS words...but I will refrain from over explaining. LOL)
@bellisaurius - Yes, exactly. I've been working really hard for the last couple years to get a balanced perspective on myself. I've been judging myself very harshly for not being able to function on par with what I expect to be capable of (based on myself from the past), as far as empathy and patience with family, etc.
After having a few conversations with some close friends recently, I suddenly realized I have had very core needs completely unmet for years. Knowing this helped me to see that, though my family and friends deserve my empathy and patience, I don't need to judge myself so very harshly for not being able to provide it recently.
It's also helped me to know what to do to overcome this (ie find balanced ways to get my needs met). I feel empowered and relieved.
Interesting, @hylogenesis! I hadn't even considered that context. Thank you for contributing.
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