People are often called herd animals. In contrast, loneliness is a sensation in people who are separated or separated from other people. Loneliness is primarily seen as something negative. However, under certain conditions loneliness can also have positive aspects, sort the thoughts or promote creativity. This mainly applies to self-chosen, temporary loneliness. For people who do not voluntarily experience loneliness, this can pose many health risks.

Long-term loneliness can become a heavy burden and, for example, trigger stress and make you very unhappy. Experts compare the effects of permanent loneliness with the health risks of smoking, obesity and high blood pressure. Various studies have shown that loneliness increases the risk of developing heart disease, lung problems, depression, sleep disorders and dementia. There is no measure of loneliness because it is perceived differently subjectively. Some people feel lonely in a crowded room, others can live as hermits for months without feeling lonely. (vb)

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