“The underlying emotion that governs all the activity of the ego is fear. The fear of being nobody, the fear of nonexistence, the fear of death. All its activities are ultimately designed to eliminate this fear, but the most the ego can ever do is to cover it up temporarily with an intimate relationship, a new possession, or winning at this or that. Illusion will never satisfy you. Only the truth of who you are, if realized, will set you free.” -Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth
The only difference between what is real and what is illusion is how you relate to it. The illusion provides a nice shield, but it will never be enough. It will never ease the internal torment.
The problem remains what it always is – finding a way to live.