Severe loneliness is a stage of loneliness that has become threatening to the well-being of a person with the additional threat of developing further into chronic loneliness. Loneliness does not always pass. Many people become trapped in the emptiness of loneliness, which severely affects their emotions, health, and relationships.
There are many reasons people become lonely, such as isolation, loss, and negative self-images, to name a few. Humans need each other. We all need to be loved and accepted and to have a place where our individuality is valuable. We all need these connections in order to thrive.
Unfortunately, it is all too easy to have failed, lost, meaningless, and hurtful connections, and many people will not be able to simply feel whole again as a result. A severely lonely person may become bitter, cynical, reserved, or reclusive. On the other hand a severely lonely person is so saturated in loneliness and emptiness that he or she must get away from it or find something to fulfill it. Severe loneliness can lead to depression, alcohol or substance abuse, seeking meaningless or unhealthy relationships, obsessive focus on a form of distraction, and most terribly, suicide.
Loneliness is on the rise in our culture, and it’s becoming an epidemic. Because it is ignored and underrated, loneliness builds unseen by most. Severe loneliness shows itself cloaked in the problems of our society: mental health crises, alcoholism, drug use, abusive relationships, and yet, severe loneliness hides completely unseen in individuals who don’t outwardly reveal it.