Inside the Actor's 1 Bedroom
January 3, 2013 6:01 PM Subscribe
My best friend and roommate is extremely isolated and seems lost. I really want to help. What are some ways that I can?
posted by kettleoffish to Human Relations (13 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
She works from home and thus has little need to go outside. However, I think she has never really had to deal with the level of isolation that this can bring. She is used to being alone and independent. Adjusting to working from home has been difficult for her.
I want to help her but am somewhat at a loss. How can I support her and talk to her about her increasingly evident depression? It is seemingly draining her resources to even seek help.
The complicating factor is that she has really serious social anxiety. However, she would like to become an actress. The ironic thing is she is extremely beautiful. I could see her easily getting roles in plays or even making a living practicing her craft.
Should I intervene? Would my trying to help her put together a headshot or get her into acting classes be seen as meddlesome? Or does depression make it important to step in?
Should I schedule some social events for the two of us so she can meet new people?
How can I talk her through the doubt that she is prone to about her dreams and ambitions? (Are there any support groups for actors with social anxiety?)
Thank you & any suggestions about beating the isolation of working from home would be welcome.