8 Signs and Symptoms of Loneliness


Loneliness isn’t always obvious.

More and more, clinical psychologist Emily Bly, PhD, a licensed therapist of over a decade, sees what she calls “covert loneliness.” People come into her office complaining of difficulties that seem — at first — to have nothing to do with loneliness, like increased drinking or overwhelming stress. But then, as her clients open up, it becomes clear that they have been deeply lonely without realizing it.

According to the American Psychological Association, loneliness is an unpleasant feeling of being (or perceiving yourself to be) alone or solitary.

Dr. Bly, the founder and clinical director of Pleasantville Psychology Group in Chappaqua, New York, sees loneliness as an understandable response to a lack of the human connection we’re wired for.


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