Saturday, 21 November 2020

Acute Loneliness

Lockdown2 although probably shorter that the original Lockdown which started on the 23rd March 2020, could cause more mental than physical problems for the future.

Loneliness occurs when feelings of loneliness and uncomfortable social isolation go on for a long period of time. It is characterised by constant and unrelenting feelings of being alone, separated or divided from others, and an inability to connect on a deeper level. It can also be accompanied by deeply rooted feelings of inadequacy, poor self-esteem, and self-loathing.

The inability to connect with others on a deeper, more intimate level. Maybe you have friends and family in your life, but engagement with them is at a very surface level. Your interaction doesn’t feel connected in a way that is fulfilling and this disconnection seems never ending.

Overwhelming feeling of isolation regardless of where you are and who is around. You can be at a party surrounded by dozens of people and, yet, you feel isolated, separate, and disengaged. At work, you may feel alienated and alone. Same on a bus, train, or walking down a busy street. It is as if you are in your own unbreakable bubble.

Loneliness can afflict all types of people. It is easy to assume that someone who is naturally shy and introverted might be most at risk, but outgoing personalities can also suffer from chronic loneliness, even though they may appear to be the life of the party. This type of loneliness is not exclusive to any one personality type.

People started writing about loneliness and mental health issues during and after the original Lockdown and I read about it hoping that the government would have a solution for others as it had not really affected me. That has now changed with Lockdown2. I am feeling quite alone.

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