Loneliness and depression

Loneliness and Depression (Instagram post)

Depression makes you want to retreat and close off from the world
Whereas Loneliness makes you want to reconnect to people. They are like polar opposites that often come as a duo.

Even though loneliness makes you want to connect with people, Loneliness also makes you perceive others more as a threat and it makes you pick up social signals that you wouldn’t notice if you weren’t lonely.

This can be counterproductive and make the much needed social interaction awkward and prevents you from making that connection

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Lonely young adults consumed less alcohol than adults who were not lonely, however by middle age, Lonely adults consumed more alcohol

The same pattern can be shown for exercise and dietary habits too,

The young lonely peoples exercise and dietary habits weren’t much different from non-lonely.

By middle age, non-lonely people exercised on average 10 more minutes per day and consumed 25% fewer calories than lonely individuals.

Lonely people tend to express greater feelings of helplessness and threat. Studies from the authors of Loneliness found that the lonely, both young and old, perceived the hassles and stresses of everyday life to be more severe than did their non-lonely counterparts, even though the objective stressors they encountered were essentially the same

Lonely people instead of facing the challenge tend to withdraw and avoid facing the stressor.

The greater the loneliness the less likely the person would actively face the stressor as well as the greater the loneliness the less likely the person would seek support (Practical or emotional)

Coping passively-which is what we do when we feel isolated-raises blood pressure primarily by constricting the small arteries, also known as increasing total peripheral resistance.

At the same time, loneliness makes the lonely person less able to absorb the stress-reducing benefits that others derive from the comfort and intimacy of their human contacts.

Lonely young adults reported taking longer to fall asleep and also feeling greater daytime fatigue

Similar findings and longitudinal analyses confirmed that it was loneliness specifically that was associated with changes in daytime fatigue

Even though the lonely got the same quantity of sleep as the non-lonely, their quality of sleep was greatly diminished

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