Long before COVID-19 introduced social distancing, 10% of all adults felt isolated and lonely all the time. Now, most people realize that isolation and loneliness have a dramatic effect on their emotional, mental, and physical health. If you feel the impact, board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner Ryan Rifkin, NP, can help. You receive complete medical and therapeutic care at his practice, NP Psychiatry, in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. To learn how to overcome isolation and loneliness, call the office in New York City today or request an appointment online. Telepsychiatry appointments are available.
Isolation and loneliness can lead to a mental health disorder, or may be symptoms of existing depression and anxiety. They both have numerous causes:
Isolation is a lack of social relationships, not something you choose because you need alone time. You may be isolated due to:
Something as common as financial difficulties or as complex as domestic abuse can lead to isolation. You can also be emotionally isolated when the people you live with or love don’t share their emotions and thoughts with you.
Loneliness is a feeling that arises from your emotions and thoughts, but it’s grounded in not having a close, trustworthy connection with at least one other person.
Isolation causes loneliness, but you can be lonely when you’re surrounded by people. You may feel lonely because you don’t have friends or when the people you call friends don’t understand or respect you.
For some, loneliness begins after a major change in their life, like moving, breaking up with a partner, or the death of a loved one.
It’s no surprise that isolation and loneliness lead to low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders.
But you may not know that isolation and loneliness affect your physical health. They’re closely associated with:
The overall impact of loneliness is worse for your health than smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
Since there are so many possible causes for isolation and loneliness, your treatment is highly individualized to meet your unique circumstances and mental health needs.
As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, your provider at NP Psychiatry identifies your underlying issues and develops a treatment plan that teaches you the skills you need to regain friends and a social life.
You can overcome isolation and loneliness with support from NP Psychiatry. Call the office or book an appointment online today.