Sunday, 18 December 2005

Loneliness: Signs and Symptoms

Loneliness: Signs and Symptoms

Here are a few symptoms of loneliness that may be helpful to look at. How many of the following apply to you?

* Constant fatigue
* Low self-esteem
* Difficulty facing life's changes and challenges
* Feeling as if there is no one to turn to
* Being alone and feeling helpless
* Isolated in a crowd of people
* Loss of appetite and weight
* Uncontrollable gain in weight
* Lethargy - don't want to do anything or try anything
* Thoughts of suicide

Of course there are many other symptoms not listed here, however, if the majority of those listed apply to you, you should seek help. There are many sources of help available. The one that holds the most promise for immediate and long-term resolution of loneliness is found through establishing and maintaining a strong personal relationship with God.

The Bible is a wonderful, powerful and personal source of healing for the lonely person. Prayer can bring immediate resolution to your troubled and lonely self. For a more direct and intimate source of help, a Christian clergyman, a Christian person, a trusted friend, and/or your presence in a church are excellent resources.

Your family physician will also be able to refer you to a professional source of help. There are also many very competent and caring social service organizations that will provide guidance and counseling.

Loneliness is not something that you can or should delay handling. Every moment that you wait is painful, and costly in terms of psychological, physical and spiritual good health.

1 comment:

MLoraine Nunnally said...

It's very true that loneliness can be a harsh trial. But I agree with you. We can always talk to our Heavenly Father through prayer about anything at all. He knows each and every soul that has ever lived and ever will live. He knows us better than we know ourselves, and, most importantly, He loves us individually with all of His heart.