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Careful What You Wish For

By Qirrat Ahmad


Sometimes, life can get hard, and everyone just wants to drop all responsibilities and become isolated from all the stress. As people do not understand the consequences of their choices until it is too late, they should be careful what they wish for. Isolation is thought by many psychologists to be a worse fate than a life sentence in prison. Not only is this social suicide; it also has a negative impact on physical and mental health.

Psychologist John Cacioppo at the University of Chicago noticed a correlation between isolated people and stress. Isolated people had a more significant reaction to stress, which suggests a low tolerance of it. This leads to stressed organs, such as the heart and lungs. On the other hand, socially active people could endure stress and had a somewhat high tolerance of it.

Loneliness and depression are codependent on each other. A lonely person will be depressed, and a depressed person will be lonely. The likelihood that a loner will turn to suicide is higher than it is for a socially active person. Because they do not surround themselves with people, their silent pleas for help often go unnoticed. They do not have strong friendships to prevent these suicidal thoughts either because to them these so-called friendships seem one-sided and take too much effort to maintain.

Perhaps the greatest consequence of loneliness is the decrease in lifespan. Numerous studies show that doctors are more likely to help those who already have strong body systems and a larger percentage of survival. Since recluses have stressed hearts, weak immune systems, and mental health issues, doctors may be reluctant to give them medicine as they have a weaker support system and may not respond to it. They have also openly admitted to giving better help to socially active people than to recluses.

Teenagers have a higher chance of being recluses as their young age and naive, ignorant minds make them easy targets. The best way to avoid isolating oneself is to try to participate in extracurricular activities. People should include themselves in conversations and just go with the flow. While it may be uncomfortable at first, socializing may pay off more than one thinks.