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Social Isolation

The other day one of my favourite Youtubers by the name of Spechie posted a video where she talks about the effects of loneliness and social isolation, and how it affects mental and even physical health. I highly suggest watching the video for yourself, as I found it very eye opening. Here is the link to it: https://youtu.be/2zILNv5CyxM

 

I am well aware that I’m an introvert, and most likely as a result of my aspergers I have trouble processing and coping with difficult times. I thought I might have social anxiety, since I often feel uncomfortable and on edge being around people or even just out in populated places, but now I think it is more social isolation. Because of many bad experiences with people in recent years, from people in school or courses to people on the internet or in the outside world who have upset me with their toxic behaviour, I have developed a very negative outlook on the world, as I find it hard to trust people. And if this isolation can have such a negative impact on your mental health, then that would explain a lot. Check out the video and then tell me what you think.

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Hey @Bento 

 

Thanks so much for sharing. I watched the clip and it was very interesting. I guess I'm not that surprised that social isolation and loneliness can have such negative impacts on one's physical health. After-all, humans are social beings Smiley Happy. I did find the difference between the online/offline friendship thing interesting - I'd never really thought of that before. 

 

You mention you are socially isolated & introverted. I'm wondering, does watching that video motivate you to try and make social connections?

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I just watched the video again to make sure I was clear on it, and I don’t isolate myself from everyone. I live with my mother and older sister and I talk to and go out with them often. Me and my sister even consider each other best friends. More recently I’ve gotten a guardian as part of my ndis support, she’s around my age and I get to see her on the weekend. I like going out with her but it takes me time to open up to people, and I’d like to be more sociable. Every time I go to a course or something I hope to find someone I can become friends with; and not just someone I only hang out with during class and don’t see again after the course ends. I want someone I can talk to outside class and have a real connection with. Unfortunately it’s really hard for me due to the social hierarchy. Last course I did no one was really interested in me, or when I did talk to someone we just wouldn’t click. I also go to community radio on and off, I’m a part of a show on there that talks about video games, but I haven’t gone for a while now because I get so nervous going there and when there are a lot of people at once on the show I feel socially anxious.

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Lately I’ve been living my life in constant worrying and fear. I’m terrified of the outside world, because I know all too well how horrible people can be towards each other. I’m always worrying about everything, and a lot of the time it’s just too much for me to deal with alone. It helps me to be around someone like my sister or guardian so I have someone to talk to. Most of the time I hate being by myself because I feel so vulnerable being left alone with my thoughts that always go to a dark place. I hate being so anxious to the point of paranoia. I just want to go back to being a happy person who can enjoy life.

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Hi @Bento 


Thank you for sharing Smiley Happy.  I just watched the video and found it really interesting.  I too am an introvert and have at times found it hard to find people 'like me'.  It's not easy because other introverts sometimes feel the same way.  However through practicing being social over and over, I gradually met some lovely people; so they are out there Heart.  I am really impressed that you are making an effort to meet people.

 

Are you receiving any help for your anxiety?  You can call Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800 as they are open 24/7 with trained counsellors there to listen to you.  Also, some psychologists are trained to help with social anxiety so that may help too.

 

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You’re lucky to have met good people who are in your life right now (I assume they still are, right?). Unfortunately as someone who doesn’t really have any close friends that I get to hang out with on a regular basis, my outlook on society is pretty bleak. I wonder that if I had just one good wholesome friendship right now I would feel more positive. Someone to show me that there are still good people out there even in such dark times.

I thought I would share something my Mum sent me on Instagram a while back. I would love to believe in number 7 in particular, but unfortunately with all the negativity I’ve witnessed from people lately I feel like I have no choice but to let it bring me down.

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I’d like to share another video (or two rather) by another animator on YouTube who goes by Sultan Sketches on how he was bullied in school and had trouble making friends because he was victim to a social hierarchy, which I think is similar to my situation. If it makes any difference, he’s also Australian.

Part 1: https://youtu.be/d-3h4abKMlY

Part 2: https://youtu.be/5XtoQeV6nSU