People often choose to spend time alone and find it pleasurable and positive, but loneliness is not the same as being alone. Loneliness can produce feelings of anxiety, worthlessness and a lack of motivation. Such feelings can also prevent one from developing healthy relationships.

Lonely people believe “Everyone else has friends” or “There must be something wrong with me.”

In fact, a wide range of life events can trigger loneliness. Examples include the death of a loved one, divorce, a breakup of a longstanding relationship, relocation to a new city or losing a job. Loneliness can also occur within relationships where there is anger, resentment or when love is not given, acknowledged or shown.

Negative Effects of Loneliness

Loneliness can:

  • Play a part in alcoholism
  • Disrupt normal sleep patterns
  • Interfere with learning
  • Lead to clinical depression.

How is Loneliness Described?

There are many descriptions of loneliness such as feeling:

  • A lack of bonding with people around you
  • Disconnected from others
  • There is no one in your life who really cares
  • Left out

How Therapy Can Help You Overcome Loneliness

A therapist can help you:

  • Understand the underlying causes of your problem such as childhood experiences or your family’s style of interacting, for example
  • Address negative thoughts, feelings and beliefs
  • Explore alternative approaches to your daily living and behaviors that will allow you to become more available to those around you
  • Address communication styles, which often contribute to loneliness

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