Loneliness – The terrible feeling of being isolated from others

Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty – By Mother Teresa
Loneliness is the feeling of being alone, empty and unwanted. Lonely people desperately crave for human contact. However, their present state of mind makes it tough to mingle with others.

Causes of loneliness

  1. Lack of social support
  2. Relocation
  3. Lack of proper social skills
  4. Being completely different from the people surrounding you
  5. Being too shy
  6. The death of a near and dear one
  7. Low self-esteem

Types of loneliness

  1. Situational
  2. Developmental
  3. Internal

Symptoms of loneliness

  1. You’ve more virtual/online friends than real ones
  2. You’re unable to sleep at night properly
  3. You’re taking more hot showers everyday
  4. You’re glued to your new laptop
  5. You’re immersed in work
  6. You feel alone and empty inside
  7. You’re over-reacting to normal situations
  8. You’re bored and depressed

Dangers of loneliness

Dangerous effect on health

  1. Drug abuse
  2. Cardiovascular disease
  3. Making wrong decisions
  4. Depression
  5. Antisocial behavior
  6. Alzheimer’s disease

Dangerous effect on psychology

  1. Makes people depressed
  2. Increases stress and anxiety
  3. Escalates blood pressure level
  4. Increases the chances of drug abuse

Loneliness is bad – both for your mental and physical health. As such try to overcome it by making new friends and interacting with them.