What is mental isolation? What to do in case?

Updated: Sep 18


WHO says, social support networks have very positive effects on health. In fact, so many leading and developed countries have established public health advising and treatment institutions for depression and loneliness type dis-eases.


In the fast developing world people have been so busy in earning for luxury and comfort that social networks and relations are weakened. For convenience, online social media platforms have been designed to connect people but these are not enough.


Mental isolation or Loneliness


Mental isolation is a psychological state of brain in which a person may feel isolated or distracted from the rest of the world. It is different from the state of social or physical isolation. Loneliness at first was described as vulnerability. Sometimes the mental isolation results into loneliness which could present in a person’s mind between the crowd and even when a lot of people are around.



Loneliness is a type of feeling of sadness or distress and feeling of having no connection from the rest of the world. This feeling may be for a short duration and for a long duration too. Short term loneliness feeling is very common in teenage and ’Ty–age’ group Young persons. While long term loneliness feeling affect generally adults due to many reasons and could result into fatal unexpected things.



Symptoms of loneliness or mental isolation

  • Tiredness, low energy and lack of motivation.

  • Body ache, headaches, muscles tension and pain

  • Sleep problems – sudden increase or decrease of sleeping pattern

  • Sudden changed behaviour in alcohol drinking and smoking

  • Sudden loss or gain of weight

  • Hopelessness or worthlessness

  • Thoughts of suicide


Some of the mental health risks associated with loneliness

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Schizophrenia

  • Suicide

  • Dementia

  • Alzheimer’s disease



Loneliness or depression mainly affects adult people because of

  • Retirement or being single

  • Widowhood or divorce

  • Children leaving home or living alone

  • Age related health problems




Effect of pandemic and social distancing over mental health


From the perspective of mental health professionals


Although social distancing is a good method to prevent the spread of many viruses but it has also adverse effect over the human mental health.

Immediate lockdown and order of ‘stay in home’, shutting public places lead many bad effects over humanity.


People working in areas like public relations, public communication and open areas where transactions and interactions had become habit of these people, would feel severe effect of this pandemic situation. Although the pandemic has given an opportunity to get connected with family and spend happy time, people living single without family would feel a lot of effect.


Effect of pandemic over Isolated Brain


Studies over animals and people have shown several Brian structural changes which appear to be affected by lack of social network and relationships communications in physical form.


Although every person has different level of counter levels to isolation but these type of experiments throw light upon how could devastating effect of isolation be on animal’s and people’s brain structure.


How to stay connected during pandemic

  • Mail

  • Phone calls and text

  • E-mail

  • Social Media

  • Video chat platforms

  • Conference calls with old friends and relatives


How to help others if you find someone in recasting condition

  • First of all try to listen him/her patiently without judgement.

  • Call local emergency number or 911

  • Stay with person and let him or her pour him/herself to you.

  • Stay with the person until the professionals come

  • Try to remove any thing which could be hazardous and threatening to life.





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