Mental Health Triggering Loneliness?
It’s not exactly true that a person claiming to be lonely will also have mental health problems. However, being lonely can certainly lead to some. In fact, it should not shock anyone to find out that loneliness leads to higher rates of depression and anxiety. The saddest part of all is that these feelings in the brain could lead to further complications.
When one is depressed or has major anxiety, it triggers structural degeneration of the hippocampus & prefrontal cortex. As we explained previously at Science Sensei, these areas are pretty important. This degeneration can cause problems with a person’s mood, information gathering & understanding, memory, and much more.
This is why feeling lonely in spite of having friends and family around could be enough reason to seek mental health treatments, as one could have a specific mental condition causing this. By addressing the issue earlier, you can prevent possible brain problems down the line. They could be preventable, so there’s no reason not to address it early.