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10 Signs of Being a Recluse

handleAre you a recluse or depressed? Being a recluse can be a sign of depression, and depression can result in being a recluse.  Here are ten signs of what it means to be a recluse.

  1. You don’t answer your door
  2. You don’t pick up your phone
  3. You watch ridiculous shows on television and not only would you never admit it, you can’t believe you continue to watch them
  4. You don’t brush your hair
  5. Fresh air feels weird in your lungs
  6. You find yourself wearing the same clothes
  7. You go to the same websites over and over
  8. You don’t recall the last time you drove your car
  9. You know your delivery guy and are slightly embarrassed when you open the door again and again
  10. You listen to music on your headphones on full blast, or dance in your apartment and consider that a form of “going out”

If you call yourself a recluse, you can be making an excuse for your depression. Even though a recluse can be productive, isolation reeks depression.

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10 Signs of Being a Recluse

Erica Loberg

Erica Loberg was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She attended Columbia University in New York and graduated with a BA in English. She is a published poet and author of Inside the Insane, Screaming at the Void, What Men Should Know About Women, What Women Should Know About Men, Diamonds From The Rough , Undressed, and I'm Not Playing.

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Loberg, E. (2013). 10 Signs of Being a Recluse. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 11, 2020, from


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