Isolation is the experience of being separated from others. It may result from being physically separated from others, such as when a person lives in a remote area. Isolation can also result from being emotionally removed from a community. An isolated person may experience loneliness or low self-esteem. Over time, a person may develop social anxiety, depression, or other mental health concerns. The right therapist at Star Point Counseling Center in Tampa, Fl & Brandon, Fl can help individuals build social skills and connect with others. Therapy can also help people recover from the effects of isolation.
Emotional isolation occurs when someone is unable or unwilling to share their emotions with others. Someone may be reluctant to discuss anything but the most superficial matters. Without emotional support, they may feel “shut down” or numb.
Emotional isolation can occur due to social isolation. Yet a person may feel emotionally isolated despite having a social network. Even though relationships are necessary for our well-being, they can trigger negative feelings and thoughts. Emotional isolation can act as a defense mechanism to protect a person from distress. At Star Point Counseling Center in Tampa, Fl & Brandon, Fl, A couples counselor can help partners identify the source of their distress. The couple can then work to improve communication and rebuild trust.