Are You Feeling Lonely? Online Counseling Is Here To Help
Updated December 06, 2018
Reviewer Rashonda Douthit , LCSW
Most people feel lonely at some point in their life whether or not they have other people to talk to or are surrounded by people. Although people don't often share their feelings of loneliness with others, these feelings are nothing to be embarrassed about. People get lonely after they have moved to a new place, recently ended a relationship, have grown apart from old friends, and many other reasons. Speaking with someone can help to ease loneliness and can help you better understand why you feel lonely.
Why Am I Feeling Lonely?
Sometimes loneliness is a symptom of other mental health issues in your life such as low self-esteem or sadness. It may not matter how many people you actually have in your life, but rather is dependent on how you perceive your connections with other people. The two main mental health disorders that go hand in hand with loneliness are depression and social anxiety. For those who feel depressed, they might feel lonely because they keep people at bay. This may be because they don't want to feel like a burden to others or they don't have the energy to join in activities. Social anxiety can cause individuals to feel extreme anxiety at the thought of interacting with other people. This can make meeting new people extremely difficult and can further worsen symptoms of loneliness.
It can also be due to a big change in life where you have grown apart from people or have recently moved and haven't made friends yet. Living in rural areas with few people has been linked to feelings of loneliness. Although time may be the key to reducing your symptoms of loneliness, it may be best to speak with someone who understands what you may be going through.
What Can Online Counseling Do?
Some people might be embarrassed about feeling lonely. Humans evolved as social creatures, so feeling like you don't belong to a social network can make you feel like an outcast or an unwanted member of society. Talking with friends or family may feel difficult for fear they might judge you. Because of this, speaking with a professional counselor may be a better option for you. You should be assured that a licensed counselor will keep anything you tell them completely confidential, and their job is to help, not judge.
Online help is available via text messaging, phone calls and video chat. Online counseling also allows you to start speaking with someone right away, rather than waiting to receive help from an in-person counselor. No matter when or where you are feeling lonely, setting up an appointment with an online counselor can let you speak with someone at your own convenience. Set up an appointment today to speak with someone and start feeling less lonely.