Overview of Issues

Relationships take a battering; it can be hard to know where to turn in times of crisis.
Social networks may begin to disintegrate at various levels.
Sometimes those we know actually make things worse.
A sense of social isolation begins to creep in.

Our sense of self-worth begins to slip; we are viewed as incompetent rather than people in situational distress.
Often, the cost of help is to… “Do as you're told”.
If this process deteriorates too far we avoid help until it’s too late.

Sometimes we won’t strive to improve ‘our lot’ for fear we may be admitting to being a failure in doing so.
Conversely, independence from any assistance increases our status.
Denying problems gives us the illusion we have control over a life that is in many ways governed by others. 

Abuse might begin to creep into our lives.
In response we might run away or develop strange behaviours to protect ourselves.

Stress may become a significant predictor of alcoholism, substance abuse being an accepted form of self-medication that also facilitates socialization, often preceding a fall out of the job market.

Lack of physical space may also cause psychological problems.  Confined accommodation denies us a sense of security, control and mastery over the demands of the outside world; the inability to personalise a space seriously softens identity.

For a variety of reasons, many individuals have learned not to trust others. As a result, the relationships we develop are characterised by limited quid-pro-quo exchanges that do nothing to enhance fragile relationships and our concomitant social isolation.

Strange and noisy environments or threatening situations typically arouse fear.  The worst is when we use anger to protect ourselves from such fear.