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How to Stop Feeling Disconnected

Mental illness can impact anyone, and sometimes it can be difficult to know when or if help is necessary.

Depression, grief, and tragedy can be pervasive in everyday life, and suffering from any kind of mental illness can eventually worsen into a severe problem.

What Does “Feeling Disconnected” Mean?

being disconnected from life can seem to suck the joy out of everything, and it can make it seem impossible to feel happy again.

“Feeling disconnected” might apply to many different people in different ways. In general, though, a sense of disconnectedness results in overall negativity, and feeling tired of life.

Whether brought on by depression, some other mental illness, a tragedy, or something else, being disconnected from life can seem to suck the joy out of everything, and it can make it seem impossible to feel happy again.

What Causes Someone to Feel Disconnected?

Mental illness and traumatic events are two of the most common conditions that lead to feelings of disconnect, loneliness, or numbness. Additionally, if substance abuse enters the picture, it can deepen these feelings.

Some causes of feeling disconnected from life: Depression, bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, social anxiety, tragedy

Depression

Depression can manifest in a number of ways. Medically, it is known as major depressive disorder, or simply clinical depression. Suffering from depression often causes feelings of emptiness, and an unshakeable hopelessness.

Individuals who suffer from depression often do not have the ability to simply ‘feel happy’. The illness interferes with the normal functioning of the brain, and it leads to the symptoms of depression, which often include:

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
  • Decreased energy or fatigue

These are just a few of the many symptoms, but depression is a serious mental illness. Gone untreated, it can become a real problem, sometimes causing the suffering individual to consider or attempt suicide.

Other Mental Illnesses

There are many other mental illnesses that may cause the suffering individual to feel disconnected from life. Bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, and social anxiety can all
cause feelings of apprehension or unhappiness with life.

Bipolar disorder manifests as a sudden ‘up’ or ‘down’ in emotions. These periods can last for several days, or longer. Individuals who suffer from this disorder can have trouble feeling connected, and the unpredictability of the disorder may make any routine difficult to maintain.

Anxiety disorders, like social anxiety or generalized anxiety disorder, can also give the suffering individual an exceptionally difficult time enjoying life.

Anxiety causes the individual to suffer from excessive worry – sometimes over seemingly unimportant things. This may drive them to second-guess everything they do, and the ever-present distress can make enjoying life an impossibility.

Tragedy

The loss of a loved one, or a sudden change in one’s situation can shock a person. Dealing with a crisis can make everything else seem unimportant, including one’s own enjoyment of life. Tragedy often brings feelings of disorientation, dissatisfaction, sorrow, and disconnectedness with life. To an individual suffering from intense loss, the world might seem to move on, while they are stuck in one spot.

Dealing With Negativity

Individuals who suffer from a feeling of disconnectedness may wish to ‘get back on track’, and start searching for ways to feel happy or satisfied again. While many promising options exist, there are also routes that aren’t healthy, and can worsen an individual’s condition.

There are many ways that people can overcome a feeling of disconnectedness. The effectiveness of a given method may vary from person to person, but there are many options for individuals to explore, and finding the best option can be just as important as overcoming the problem itself.

Support Options For Those Who Feel Disconnected

Regularly meeting with a therapist, either alone or in a group, can be a fantastic way for individuals to begin feeling connected again.

The first step to overcoming a problem is to identify it. This might look different based on the individual, and coming to terms with a problem may be difficult. Getting support is a crucial step in the process.

Dealing with a mental illness or a tragedy alone might feel impossible, but interacting with trained professionals or communicating with other suffering individuals can provide some much-needed support.

Therapy

Committing to a therapist might seem futile and difficult to a suffering individual, but the help of a trained professional can make all the difference.

Psychotherapy has been studied to be effective in many different kinds of people. Regularly meeting with a therapist, either alone or in a group, can be a fantastic way for individuals to begin feeling connected again.

Support Groups

Alternatively, having a trusted group of individuals to rely on can be helpful in overcoming a mental illness or a tragedy. One study found that support groups reduced the symptoms of depression.

This is a hopeful example of the effectiveness of a support group. The reliability of a support group can help suffering individuals to communicate easier, and start loving life again.

Holistic Support

These aren’t the only two methods of support, however. There are many proven methods of support, and some that are more experimental.

Some might work for a certain kind of individual, and not so much for another. Either way, the list of other options is extensive. These are just a few methods that might be included in a holistic therapy program:

  • Meditation
  • Adventure Therapy
  • Recovery Centers

Reaching Out For Help

It is important to monitor a mental illness carefully. Though it might seem fine to simply ‘live with it’, overcoming an illness is often possible, or at least treatable. Mental illnesses may also be caused by a substance abuse disorder, and they may also lead to a substance abuse disorder.

It is crucial to reach out for help if a substance abuse disorder develops with a mental illness. If you think you or a loved one is suffering from a substance abuse disorder, contact us today. You can also read more about substance abuse disorders on our blog.