Indian Survey & Facts on Chronic Loneliness
While every person at some point in their life suffers from bouts of short-term or temporary loneliness, the feeling can be brief and passing. However, if you have feelings of loneliness for a continued period of time, it can be a symptom of chronic loneliness.
Case Studies on Loneliness
In a recent 2018 dated article of a popular Indian newspaper, there has been mention of numerous psychological surveys conducted in the 21st century. According to a National survey (2004) conducted in India, it was reported that almost 4.5 million people lived alone and tackled loneliness. Again a mental health survey in the country taken in the year 2015- 2016, it was suggested that many children and adults were suffering from anxiety and depression.
Chronic loneliness is a psychological disorder. Such a person may feel isolated, alone and socially uncomfortable for a lengthy time period. The symptoms include unrelenting feelings of isolation, separation from others, an inability to connect to another individual. These feelings can also be associated with low self-esteem, lack of self-confidence, and self-loathing. Surprisingly, loneliness can affect even an extrovert or outgoing person. Being the star of the party does not necessarily mean that he/she cannot be suffering from chronic loneliness.
Surveys Conducted in India
A survey related to behavioral attitude and anxiety carried out in partnership with Konrad Adenauer by the Developing Societies Center in the year 2016 revealed that Indian population between the ages of 15 to 34 years were significantly affected by mental depression. The survey findings were released in the year 2017 and it reported that almost 12 percent of Indian youth dealt with temporary depression and 8 percent of the youth experienced loneliness.
Prominent Facts Revealed in Case Studies
Youngsters who change their residential location find it hard to cope with sudden lifestyle changes
Recently people are coming together to hold open conversations about such topics like loneliness and depression. Factors like lack of proper information regarding mental health, prevalent social stigma, and expensive treatment sources are major obstructions that reduce the chances of helping people suffering from mental health issues like chronic loneliness.
Medical Therapy Costs
Sessions with reputed psychologists or therapists may cost anywhere between 2000 INR to 7000 INR. Apart from that, overall cost of the medications can also be quite high. From 2010 to 2019, there has been a spurt in psychological study, reports, and surveys. But people seldom make an effort to visit a professional therapist to seek a possible solution. In the 2015 – 2016 National Health Mental Survey carried out in twelve Indian states, it was noted that one in every 20 of the participants (39, 532) suffered from depression. The cases were high among females in the age group of 40 to 49 years, especially those living in urban cities.
Psychologists in India feel that in-house casual conversations related to loneliness and depression have to be brought out of the closets. Depression and chronic loneliness have to be given the status of serious mental health issues. Family support is crucial and people have to rally around others who need psychological help.