The long-term effects of loneliness have proven to be massively problematic from a mental standpoint. While we already brought up how mental problems can cause loneliness, the reverse should also be noted. Studies have proven loneliness leads to anxiety and depression.
However, it also affects one’s ability to focus or concentrate. On top of that, things like decision-making, problem-solving, and even terrible self-believe in oneself arises too. It’s not a wonder why all of this leads to depression. Yet when you add all of this into the bodily responses, there’s a clear reason why loneliness can cause early death.
Loneliness leads to death by natural or random causes. However, many will take their own lives due to the severe depression that comes from it. While the physical causes can lead to a high rate of death, the mental causes are just as capable of this too. In fact, 30% of lonely people die prematurely according to researchers from Brigham-Young University.