Loneliness Kills: Social Isolation in Teens

social isolation in teens

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In a study released by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, research showed that social isolation in teens led to a significantly larger amount of suicidal thoughts. Humans are social creatures; when we’re young, we shape ourselves through the people surrounding us. If suddenly we begin to withdraw from those people and continue to do so for a long period of time, it can be extremely self destructive. 

Reasons for social isolation in teens

Many things cause teens to pull away from social interaction, but there are a few big ones that are easier for a parent to identify and intervene. These include:

  1. Bullying. Continuous bullying can cause a teen to turn in on themselves, retracting from those around them out of fear and low self-esteem.
  2. Mental Health Issues. This can include depression, anxiety, and many more. These issues can make teens feel unable to identify with others, making it easier to not interact at all.
  3. Unknown Learning Disabilities. When a teen is struggling with a learning disability, especially if they haven’t been officially diagnosed, it can make them feel isolated and different from other teens.

What to do if it gets worse

If your child has just begun to withdraw from those around them, letting them know you’re there for support can go a long way. Simply talking to your teen and getting them to open up can help a great amount.

But if the struggle continues, it’s important to seek out professional help. Ignoring the issue will just make it get worse until it’s much harder to cope with.

Elevations RTC is here to help

Elevations RTC is a residential treatment center for teens (ages 13-17) battling issues such as depression, anxiety, social isolation in teens, and many more. We strive to give our students the tools to work through their issues.

For more information about how Elevations RTC handles social isolation in teens, please call .