I've been spending the better part of a week or so reading the comments to the question of how family took the news. Many great stories as well as heartbreaking, but I'm noticing a common trend with each one. Isolation, whether by others or through our own doing, unintentional or intentional, it seems to be common across the board. I'm currently experiencing this myself and it's not very helpful in the depression area, so I've decided to become a tad proactive about it by reaching out to friends and family and issuing a challenge explaining the issue of isolation. Don't isolate, self educate, along with a link to knowledge is power videos or suggested articles. It seems to be helping relieve some of the fear of awkward conversation. For me, stumbling into this great place with all of you awesome folks was the first step in learning how to see things from so many perspectives and apply that to every "next step", whatever it may be. Is this or has it been a challenge for anyone else and if so what are you doing about it?