We all sometimes need privacy to collect our thoughts and take a break from others. However, long-term loneliness is not only unpleasant – it is dangerous for health, especially for women.
Scientists have long found that long-term isolation harms human health not only at the level of the psyche, but also physically. In particular, single people have a tendency to develop cardiovascular diseases and hypertension.
2. The risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease
According to statistics, Alzheimer’s disease develops more often in those who have been left alone for a long time. First, a woman has short-term memory impairment, and then more serious problems begin.
3. The probability of reactivation of latent viruses
Women, who are often in a society or in a relationship, are less susceptible to the activation of latent viruses.
4. Susceptibility to inflammatory processes
If a woman remains alone for a long time, various inflammatory processes can be activated in her body, directly related to physiological factors.
5. The appearance of bad habits
Due to constant stress, single women often begin to smoke, drink, and acquire other bad habits.
6. Failure of the hormonal system
The lack of a permanent relationship with a man adversely affects the hormonal balance of a woman. As a result, increased irritability, tearfulness.
7. Skin problems
Due to hormonal failure, the skin becomes more oily or, conversely, prone to dryness and flaking.
8. Excessive body hair growth
Due to an excess of male sex hormones due to a long absence of physical contact, excessive hairiness on the body appears.
The less healthy sexual contact a woman has in her life, the more she is prone to the appearance of excess weight (again, for hormonal reasons).
10. Lack of endorphins
The lack of proximity affects the amount of endorphins entering the blood.
11. Disruption of the menstrual cycle
When a woman is alone for a long time, physiological and psychological factors influence the quality of the menstrual cycle.
12. Ovarian dysfunction
Perhaps a violation of the ovaries, and even early menopause.
13. Chronic stress
The feeling of being alone, the inability to cope with everyday problems often leads single women to chronic stress and constant experience.
14. The likelihood of heart and other chronic diseases
Stress, in turn, generates various disruptions in the work of the cardiovascular system. Initially, it may be a small heart problem, and then it can lead to a heart attack or stroke.
15. Mental instability
The first symptoms of the obvious consequences of long loneliness are anxiety, excessive emotionality, then all this leads to incoherent thoughts and even hallucinations.
In severe cases, problems associated with prolonged loneliness can lead to serious mental disorders and the emergence of hallucinations: from luminous points in space to proteins, marching with bags over their shoulders. Hallucinations are not only visual, but auditory and even tactile.
17. Increased suicide risk
With an increasing degree of loneliness, the risk of suicide rises. It doesn’t matter if a person suffers isolation due to external reasons or due to personal problems: suicide ideas are more common among lonely people.
18. Increased risk of depression
Single people mostly feel less happy and satisfied, they tend to be pessimistic and helpless. This is due to the fact that loneliness in itself contributes to the reduction of self-esteem, work ability and ability to solve their problems. Besides, being in isolation for a long time, a person loses social skills, it becomes harder for him to maintain relationships with others.
19. Increased propensity to alcoholism
Loneliness is a factor contributing to the development of alcoholism. At each stage of alcoholism, the more difficult for a person, the less social connections he has. This is due to the lack of necessary support and strong social pressure.
20. Reduced immunity
Loneliness violates immunity at the cellular level. Single people are more likely to get sick than socially active ones. Perhaps this is due to the overall level of stress, which increases in conditions of social exclusion.
21. Personality Violations
Inability to satisfy basic emotional needs plays a crucial role in the development of schizoid personality disorder. The impossibility of normal communication leads to a heightening of emotions, the very pattern of social behavior is disturbed, and as a result, personality disorder progresses.
22. Bad sleep
Loneliness leads to poor sleep, scientists say. Further consequences are a low level of energy during the day, a feeling of constant fatigue.
Not only the duration of the night’s rest suffers, but also its quality. Lonely women often have nightmares, with the result that there is a frequent awakening.
24. Negative impact on others
Loneliness can be “contagious.” If there is a person suffering from loneliness near you, you yourself have a chance to feel lonely by an average of 52%.
25. Increased mortality
Loneliness can pose a serious health risk. Researches of people in social isolation led scientists to conclude that such people almost 2 times more often die prematurely. The increased risk of dying from loneliness is comparable to the death rate from smoking. And loneliness is almost 2 times more deadly than obesity.