Why teens sometimes feel lonely and disconnected

New Blog Post: What to do when you're feeling lonely and alone

As a teenager it is very normal to sometimes feel alone. Sometimes it can feel like you don’t have any friends who really care about you, or it can feel like nobody understands you.

Even if you do have people you spend time with you may feel like you don’t have any real or meaningful relationships. I can’t speak for everybody, but I know that sometimes I feel like I’m alone even though I have friends who I talk to on a daily basis.

I sometimes feel like all of my friendships are only surface-level, and that I can’t be myself around anybody at school.

It’s hard, because most youth are trying to figure out their own identities. It makes it more difficult to connect with people when you don’t feel very sure about how you see yourself. It can also be because of all of the physiological changes that occur during teenage years, like the development of the brain and hormonal changes. There is also external pressure for youth to decide what they are going to do when they go out into the real-world.

It’s very normal for teenagers to feel lonely sometimes or have doubts about themselves and their relationships with others.”

One way to feel less lonely is to do activities outside of school. It may help you find your place within the community and alleviate your feelings of loneliness. Even if you don’t make lifelong friends at group activities, you can still feel like you belong to a group of people that shares your interests.

Reaching out to another person about how you are feeling can also be very helpful. For example, if you feel like your friendship with somebody is fading away, you could maybe just talk to that person about how you are feeling. You could also talk to a family member, relative, or family friend.

If you are feeling extremely lonely or disconnected, that may actually be a sign of a serious mental health issue like depression. If your feelings are very intense or last for long periods of time, you should seek help from a mental health professional. If you aren’t sure where to go for help then remember…

You can always call, text, chat, or email us anytime!

If you don’t want to talk to anybody that you know then another option is to talk to a youth volunteer here at ConnecTeen through call, text, chat or email. Peer support is available from 5-10 p.m. on weekdays and 12-10 p.m. on weekends. Talk to us here at ConnecTeen.