Hi Groupthink. I’ve been mostly lurking for a while now, and I’m not usually one to ask for help with things, but does anyone have any advice for dealing with being alone?

Some background: I’m a fairly introverted person, and I’m quite used to being alone. For most of my life (I’m in my mid-thirties) I’ve just had the same small circle of friends, and maybe saw any of them once a week, at most. Recently, though, I have had to cut ties with them. It’s entirely my own fault, and I don’t begrudge any of them for it, but I can no longer be a part of the social circle.

I thought I would be able to deal with the isolation, but it’s been about two months now since I’ve had any social contact with anyone, and I’m having a really hard time being okay. I’ve recently scheduled myself for therapy because I definitely need it and I don’t think I’m even capable of functioning in a social setting at the moment. I don’t really know what kind of advice I’m asking for here. I feel desperate and I’m not sure what else to do. Maybe I’m not asking for advice at all and I just wanted to say something to someone, I don’t know. I’m sorry to whine at you this way.