A lot of people have the misconception that depression and loneliness are related to sadness, and this is all a person feels when their mental health is suffering. This is why people who do suffer from depression, anxiety, or loneliness feel as though they may not be able to speak out to people because they would just think that you were “down in the dumps.”
Depression, which I believe I used to suffer from on a fluctuating scale, is this inner feeling of nothingness, which can be caused by many different things, such as bullying from friends, family, or even your own personal thoughts about yourself. When people suffer from depression, they feel as though they have no more choices left, like their paths are all being blocked off because of many things such as health, money or time. This makes the person feel lost and out of control of their own life.
Depression is never just sadness, it is a constant or fluctuant feeling of having nothing.
This can make you feel emotionally unstable and therefore may not feel up to going out or doing normal daily activities. This is because a person with depression may struggle to see the point in something because they focus mainly on the difficult journey ahead rather than the reward they will get and it’s not their fault that they think that way. It’s how others and their own personal thoughts have made them feel because they feel like every day has to be a long, meaningless journey with no real goal at the end.
Loneliness is never just about being sad either, it’s a feeling that although you want to go outside, you might never have anyone to go with and would not want to go out alone, therefore you may feel lonely because you long for that social interaction. It’s not the case that a person with loneliness doesn’t want to go out, it’s because they feel that they can’t go out because they feel like they need someone with them otherwise they would just be feeling lonely outside. This can be a problem for a lot of students who live in rural areas away from friends and family or children who have moved about a lot in their life.
There is also a difference between being introverted and lonely, which I think that adults need to understand in order to help the people who are lonely and allow the introverted people, who like being alone, time and space.