Although we live in the XXI century and it seems like millions of people are around, we can suddenly become stricken with a sharp pain of loneliness. But it is important to understand the difference between so close notions as “loneliness” and “being alone”. To be alone means to have no company at the moment, while the meaning of the “loneliness” lies in the fact that it can happen to you anytime, no matter where you are. You can feel lonely even if you are in the middle of one million people crowd, when you are hanging out with your friends or spending time with you family members. Being alone is a fleeting transient notion, while loneliness is one of the harshest feelings people can feel and suffer from. The problem is that loneliness can become a cause of such terrible actions, as suicide, falling into depression or even trying to hurt close people or strangers.
The other harmful side of the problem of loneliness is that it is easy to get into it, but very hard to get rid of. It is especially difficult to lose in case if it has already progressed into deep depression. It is possible to use the drug therapy, but it is not usually effective, if the cause of the depression doesn’t have hormonal or chemical nature.
To my mind, the most effective loneliness treatment is not being indifferent. Medicine is good, but warm words can heal even the most broken and lonely souls. Just look around and see if somebody is longing for your help? Perhaps it’s not that obvious, but the deathly-still scream can be heard only by the most attentive and kind-hearted people.