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I prefer being isolated to spending time with others

Your Question

Hi. Hope this is okay to ask here. I’ve started to feel like I want to be isolated away from everyone, friends would ask me to do things and before someone might even text me, I would be already thinking in my head about something I could say to the next message that comes through to get out of seeing them or doing something. Does this mean I am depressed? I am not sure, I am a bit down but shouldn’t I be more excited about life at 16. Is it okay to be this way or is that a bad sign and I won’t always be like this anyways will I?


Hi there! First of all, we want to acknowledge your bravery in reaching out and sharing your feelings. It takes courage to open up about your emotions, especially when you’re uncertain about them. Feeling the way you described, with a desire for isolation and a lack of enthusiasm, can be challenging. It’s important to know that many teenagers go through periods of ups and downs, and what you’re experiencing is not uncommon.
While we are not mental health professionals, we can offer some guidance. These feelings might be a sign of depression, but they could also be related to other factors like stress, changes in your life, or even hormonal shifts typical of adolescence. It’s okay to seek help and support to better understand these emotions.
There are several support services available to young people like you:
1. Jigsaw: Jigsaw is a youth mental health service with centers across Ireland. They offer free, confidential support and advice for young people dealing with mental health issues
2. is an online resource that provides information, articles, and a helpline for young people dealing with various challenges, including mental health
3. Childline Website: There are many articles on the Childline website which you may find helpful. Articles like and are just two.
It’s important to remember that you don’t have to face these feelings alone. You can always contact Childline, a confidential and non-judgmental service, by calling freephone 1800 66 66 66 or using our Live Chat at We are open 24/7 and are here to listen and help you through difficult times.
Please consider reaching out to one of these services or talking to a trusted adult about what you’re going through. Your feelings are valid, and there is support available to help you navigate this challenging time in your life.
Look after yourself, remember we are here for you at any time, day or night,

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