Got POTS Loneliness? Here’s What You Can Do About It

Have you ever been lonely in a crowd? Have you ever been perfectly content all alone? Me too. And although it’s a little crazy to admit, I’ve also suffered from loneliness. There are a lot of coping strategies for dealing with loneliness and isolation—many of them depend on what’s causing these feelings.

For one teen living with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), she is taking charge of her feelings of isolation and starting her own POTS support group. Click here to learn more.

Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome is a fast heart rate that starts after standing up. For many people with POTS, fatigue and other symptoms may make it hard to keep up with daily living—the struggle is compounded by a sense that no one else understands. Feelings of seclusion may set in.

Loneliness is a complex mental and emotional phenomenon. Even if only for a short time, all of us have experienced this to some degree—remember the painful and scary feeling that goes along with it?

Don’t get me wrong—spending time alone can be a good thing. Some people require more solitude than others. I’m an introvert, enjoy spending time alone, and can feel drained through social interaction. On the contrary, extroverts prefer the company of others and are recharged through social interaction.

Whatever the case, there’s one thing for certain.

A POTS support group can provide a therapeutic process—an opportunity to establish trust with and experience the emotional support of another person, all of which will help a person to live a less isolated existence. Sounds like a good move to me.

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