Social Isolation and Mental Illness

Social isolation and mental illness is lack social contact which paves way for loneliness. Loneliness is a subjective experience. For some, it is the state where one is stuck at home having no social contact whatsoever. For others it a state where although one is surrounded with people but lacks friendships. This happens when one is partially or completely distanced from social networks usually triggered by a lot of factors. The roots of social isolation and mental illness lie in many factors such as unemployment, loss of mobility, academics, or peer pressure.


Across the globe, thousands of students graduate knowing well enough that they might not find jobs. The job market has shrunken over time due to the inclusion of technology in production processes. This makes the competition even more intense and puts massive pressure on fresh graduates. This at times forces them to distance themselves from their family and friends. This is because they opt to put extensive effort and struggle to find a job.

In addition to this, people who have been fired or made redundant due to a change in a company’s human resource policies were no longer able to earn a living for their family. In eastern countries, gender roles are very common which puts the man in a state where he is the sole earner or the breadwinner of the family. However, if due to any catastrophe the man loses the job, his entire family suffers or sometimes goes without food. This puts immense pressure on the sole person which might force him to go into self-isolation adversely affecting his mental health.


The completion levels in the job market and the competition level in academics are directly proportional to each other. Stating the level of competition in the world of academia is a function of the level of competition in the job market will not be wrong.

Our education system forces students to focus more on grades over conceptual learning. However, what educators and students fail to understand is if one has stronger concepts one can ace the exam. This ignites a sense of competition among peers. Jealousy and hatred become a norm once this is established. Students tend to distance themselves from each other which promotes social isolation.

Every year, we get to hear how thousands of students have committed suicide due to academic pressure.  Students drift away from normal living only to win the race. Students like these fail to share, communicate, and comprehend their thoughts. This is mainly due to the immense pressure parents put on their children for good grades. Students feel like losers or failures if they do not achieve good grades.

However, good grades are again a very subjective concept. For an artist who wants to pursue a profession in arts in the future needs, not to acclaim accolades in the field of academics.  But in various countries professions in arts or sports have hardly been appreciated by society.

Peer Pressure

The universe maintains a balance in its system with every soul being different from the other. People hail from different cultures, races, socio-economic, and geographical backgrounds. Where we all must welcome each other’s true identity, we instead try to enforce our views and identities onto others. This initiates a culture of bullying and bringing down each other, which leaves a dire effect on one’s mental health. Moreover, people who flaunt their wealth create an atmosphere of social inequality and put the other into a state of inferiority complex.

The ones undergoing the inferiority complex start to feel low of themselves and their family. Questioning their life choices and their abilities become common. To keep up with the superior race they undergo various challenges that often force them to drift away from their careers and education. 


The social construct of society established shapes the way people must live their life. Any action that falls to the standards of the society is appreciated and accepted. If one does something out of the societal standard, the person starts to feel left out and is faced with backlash from their parents and close friends. The cycle repeats itself and this culture is passed down from one generation to the next.

Mental illness and social isolation, along with their roots, continue to entrench deeply into the standards people fail to live up to. Mental illness is both a cause and consequence of social isolation. People going through mental illnesses distance themselves from their friends and family. Isolating themselves makes them more vulnerable to insecurities and negative tendencies.

The Outbreak of a Pandemic

As the pandemic took a deeper and uglier turn, the rates of mental illness and social isolation reached new heights. People have been quarantined and isolated in their homes for more than four months now, the perks of sharing and reaching out to friends and family have astonishingly faded into oblivion.  Most of the people out there have been losing out on jobs and the effect has trodden down onto their brain, heart, and family. The mental pressure on doctors to produce a vaccine in time and to cater to a large influx of COVID 19 patients has greatly affected their performance worldwide and has also left them more vulnerable to catch the virus.

People locked up in their houses in this era of uncertainty have been stressing out. Some of them uncertain about the future of their jobs and some worried about their education. However, in times like these, we all must stay strong and put to bring an end to this phase with all our might.

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