I am plagued by a sense that my loneliness might be terminal and that love and romance will pass me by. Annalisa Barbieri advises a reader

My relationship with my girlfriend, whom I met as an undergraduate at university, ended a few years ago, largely because of mental health issues I was going through. It was my first and, to date, only relationship and lasted less than two years. I was devastated for a long time.

Since then, I have recovered from the psychological problems I was having. I have worked in a lot of jobs, got an MA and moved to a small town to complete a PhD on a topic that I am passionate and excited about. For the first time in a while, I am cautiously optimistic about my future.

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Mental health is a level of psychological well-being, or an absence of a mental disorder; it is the "psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment".