no good vocabulary for solitude

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Source: Upstream , Proficiency Virginia Evans

[...] There is no good vocabulary for solitude in a society of compulsive relating, and people who are or want to be alone are pathologised.

Could you help me understand the sentence?
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    I assume it is talking about modern society, where the emphasis is on 'relating' – i.e. communicating and being on all social media and being 'in contact' with everyone, all the time.

    In a society like this, there seems to be no way to talk about (no vocabulary for) being alone or wanting to be alone (we are not used to talking about it, so we don't know what to say). And people who ARE alone or WANT to be alone are considered (mentally) ill/peculiar (pathologised – turned into a medical problem).
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