I think that the perception that there are more introverts suffering with depression than extroverts is because the behaviours that tend to go with depression, such as social isolation, are more commonly associated with introverts.
Realistically, though, I suspect that depression is equally common across the spectrum of introversion / extroversion, but that it is expressed or hidden differently.
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Interesting discussion. I think its quite complex. Not just yes or no. With me my 40 year chronic condition has lead to being socially awkward in many situations because of my disinterest and apathetic overall demeanor. This of course radiates out to other people no matter how hard i try to "fit in". People pick up on it and excuse themselves from talking to me. To them i have a strange look on my face, or when i try to force a smile or something i get hit with, what was that look for?" All this adds to the isolation and keeping alone. I don't feel like I'm a total introvert, its that my symptoms and lifelong patterns make it very difficult in social settings.
Humans are social creatures. As much as introverts hate to admit it, they do need to sometimes come together with others. It's how we know who we are through this interaction. Peter Laurie once said in a different context, but it applies here as well: we need to infiltrate, not isolate.
I'm an introvert and have always dealt with depression at some level. So for me at least, introvert = depressed. There ya go.
But I know how to deal with it...which is basically find something you like to do and do it. For example, I like photography. I keep my camera near me almost always. I'm always looking for a photo opportunity. This keeps me in a happy place, especially if I'm blessed with a good photo.
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Extrovert here. Certainly had my moments over the years. I don't think depression cares if you are an introvert or extrovert. We humans, at a basic level, all need to feel understood, fulfilled and loved. If you are consistently not getting that, then chances are you will feel depressed, no matter which side of the spectrum you are on. Being extroverted just means I feel EXTRA happy on a sunny day.
The confusion really comes from the similarity in the "behavior" and "symptoms" we have identified as introvert and/or being currently depressed. Both tend to avoid a lot of interaction with other people.... A commonality is not proof of causation!
As the old statistics problem goes: The number of ice cream cones sold in New York correlates with the number of people who die in India. Does that prove causation? Nope...its merely coincidental...since the hot season in New York unfortunately is also the monsoon flood season in India. patti
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My ex husband was definitely an extrovert but deals with a lot of mental health issues like depression. He was/is also an alcoholic, which is what ultimately what killed our marriage. The man I dated after my divorce is also an extrovert and deals with some depression. So, in my opinion, depression can affect introverts and extroverts alike.
I agree with Obiesmom2. I also believe that many people THINK they are introverts when they are instead depressed.
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Do depressed people tend to be introverts or do extroverts fight depression, too?
It seems to me that depressed people are usually introverts? I would guess it is because us introverts spend so much time inside our heads that we overthink and get depressed easier. Maybe I am wrong altogether and extroverts just seem more withdrawn when depressed. What do you think? Are there extroverts out there with opinions?