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Loneliness

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Loneliness

Loneliness is not a disease and there is no diagnostic code for loneliness. Physicians encounter patients who appear to be lonely but never complain about their loneliness. Loneliness is a harbinger for serious affective disorders such as depression. In the absence of a community-support system, loneliness may become one of the symptoms of depression that lead to serious and catastrophic suicidal thoughts. Loneliness is common among immigrants and refugees.

Loneliness is a feeling of detachment from pleasurable past experiences, loss of communication and interconnectedness with our beautiful planet called earth. Loneliness ignores the gift of nature, which is our colorful, beautiful environment, which provides the invisible energy of hope.

Separation from close members of the family, or a familiar living environment or culture, is among the predisposing factors that lead to thoughts of loneliness.

Lonely individuals feel that their emotional lives are paralyzed. They become unable to communicate with their environment and enjoy the beautiful gift of nature. They see themselves surrounded by darkness. They become resistant to the positive influence of hope.

I have several paintings that reflect loneliness as the initial cycle of suicidal thought. The image presented here is one of the paintings of art expression of loneliness.

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