Mental Illness, Isolation, and Loneliness
HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter
Here's what's happening on the HealthyPlace site this week:
- Mental Illness, Isolation, and Loneliness
- How To Deal With Isolation and Loneliness
- Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans
- From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs
- Stand Up for Mental Health
- Latest Mental Health New
Isolation and loneliness are common struggles among those living with any mental illness. Negative thoughts and emotions, either too intense or too flat, can make people want to withdraw. Depression can zap motivation and energy to such a degree that someone living with it simply can't venture out among others. Anxiety can keep people lonely and isolated, as can the low self-esteem that often accompanies any mental illness. Stigma, too, frequently keeps those living with mental illness alone; when someone is met with rejection and lack of understanding, isolation and loneliness become primary but unwanted companions.
Isolation and loneliness are consequences of many mental health challenges, but human connection is vital to mental health and wellbeing. Social connection has many benefits; among them are a sense of mutual support, an opportunity for fun and laughter, and more. However, even when someone wants to end the isolation and loneliness, doing so can be tough. It's okay to start small. Reach out to just one person in your life, and little by little, branch out. Many communities have support groups which can be great source of social connection. Be patient with yourself as you begin to end the isolation and loneliness that can be part of mental illness
Related Articles Dealing with Mental Illness, Isolation, and Loneliness
- Leave Me Alone! Isolation and Recovering from Mental Illness
- Isolation: A Double-Edged Sword for the Mentally Ill
- Bipolar and Isolation
- Solitary Confinement: Mental Illness and Isolation
- Isolation After Domestic Abuse: How to Overcome the Habit
- How To Start Socialising When You Have Low Self-Esteem
Today's Question: Today’s Question: What works for you when you want to break away from the isolation and loneliness that accompanies mental health struggles? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page and on the HealthyPlace Google+ page.
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We also get many inquiries about our linking policy. If you have a website or blog, you can link to any page on the HealthyPlace website without asking us beforehand.
Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:
- Is the Narcissist Ever Sorry
- How To Succeed At Work With Schizophrenia
- Signs and Wonders of Toxic Relationships
If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.
On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.
- Signs of Emotional Abuse, Emotionally Abusive Relationships (Mental Health Treatment Circle Blog)
- What To Do When Depression Treatment Makes Anxiety Worse (Anxiety-Schmanxiety Blog)
- Three Steps to Stress Relief: Stress Relief Can Be Easier Than You Think (Living A Blissful Life Blog)
- Bipolar Triggers You Can’t Control (Breaking Bipolar Blog)
- How to Develop a Safe Place For Mental Illness Recovery (Recovering From Mental Illness Blog)
- The Link between Traumatic Brain Injury and Combat PTSD (Understanding Combat PTSD)
- Establishing Boundaries in PTSD Recovery (Trauma! A PTSD Blog)
- Stop Being Ashamed of Who You Are to Build Self-Esteem and Parenting a Child Who Has Low Self-Esteem (Building Self-Esteem Blog)
- How to Stop Stress from Taking Over Your Life (Your Mental Health Blog)
- Mental Health Stigma Varies Between Disorders (Surviving Mental Health Stigma Blog)
- How to Support Someone With Binge Eating Disorder (Binge Eating Recovery Blog)
- Why Anxiety Makes You Feel Stupid and Like a Failure (Treating Anxiety Blog)
- How Do I Know if I Have Depression? What Is Depression? (Mental Health for the Digital Generation Blog)
- When Social Media Relationships are Good for Mental Illness Recovery (Relationships and Mental Illness Blog)
- Caffeine Addiction and Dependency: Real Disorders? and How Recovering Alcoholics React to Normal Alcohol Use (Debunking Addiction Blog)
- Schizophrenia and Obsessive Thinking (Creative Schizophrenia Blog)
On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.
Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.
Thousands Have Joined the Stand Up for Mental Health Campaign
But we still need you. Let others know there's no shame in having depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trichotillomania, OCD, ADHD, schizophrenia or any other mental illness.
Join the Stand Up for Mental Health campaign. Put a button on your website or blog (buttons for family members, parents, mental health professionals and organizations too). We also have covers for Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:
- Heavy Internet Use May Put Teens At Risk For High Blood Pressure
- Benzodiazepines Ineffective In Treating Anxiety Disorders And May Increase Dementia Risk
- Training By Repetition Actually Prevents Learning For Those With Autism
- Lack Of Face-To-Face Contact Almost Doubles Depression Risk For Older Adults
- People Who Cannot Stop Checking Their Smartphones May Be Contributing To Depression In Their Romantic Partners
- Early Intervention Improves Preschoolers' Heart Healthy Habits
- Male Suicide On Rise As Result Of Austerity
That's it for now. If you know of anyone who can benefit from this newsletter or the HealthyPlace.com site, I hope you'll pass this onto them. You can also share the newsletter on any social network (like facebook, stumbleupon, or digg) you belong to by clicking the links below. For updates throughout the week:
- circle HealthyPlace on Google+,
- follow HealthyPlace on Twitter
- follow HealthyPlace on Pinterest
- or become a fan of HealthyPlace on Facebook.
Last Updated: 07 October 2015
Reviewed by Harry Croft, MD