Loneliness is a Disease: How One Troubled Boy Overcame His Issues and Reached Out to Make Friends


Loneliness is a Disease: How One Troubled Boy Overcame His Issues and Reached Out to Make FriendsFor anyone who doesn’t have a problem socializing or making friends, they may have a hard time understanding what loneliness means. The equation seems simple; if you’re alone go find people to be around. Unfortunately, a solution is not always so easy. Teens, who are afflicted with this, can be in a room full of people and still be suffering. This can be the result of other mental health issues including low self-esteem, abandonment, or divorce. It is an invisible tormenter and often can be hard to recognize and can ignite other issues. Just like many other mental health issues, loneliness is a disease, but when you know what the symptoms are they can be treated.

No one should live in torment by themselves when there is assistance available. Ashcreek Ranch Academy uses a combination of evidence-based therapy, equine therapy and group counseling. They embrace the method of Positive Peer Culture to treat struggling boys. If you have a troubled young man who needs help, call (435) 215-0500 for more information.

Recognizing Symptoms

One troubled boy realized his isolation stemmed from his society anxiety. He wasn’t able to reach out because of emotional issues that turned into physical fears. It was a psychological stronghold so gripping, he didn’t believe he could overcome it. But he also knew he had the power to choose his actions. With help and counseling, he was able to identify his root issues and take steps that he could handle. With small assignments like simply saying “hi” to strangers or volunteering for projects, he started to slowly move away from his inner isolation. Once something became easier, he was able to move forward. Feeling alone is the result of mental health issues and is not something that can be “cured” so to speak. It can be managed and when you understand the cause, you can find a solution. For more questions about the disease and its symptoms, call (435) 215-0500.


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