When people feel alienated and socially excluded, they are at risk for depression and anxiety. When they think that they aren’t part of their community, they may use unhealthy ways to connect or not feel the loneliness.
The more isolated they become the more difficult it is to be around people or reach out. Some may believe that they have nothing to offer. They avoid people despite their loneliness. The more isolated they are and the longer the isolation continues, the more negative their thinking and the more entrenched the avoidance behavior becomes.
What type of healthy coping skill can help? It’s not possible to suddenly feel like you have friends or to find a loving partner. You can’t suddenly create a close family. This is the situation that many emotionally sensitive people who suffer from depression may experience.