Psychology & Psychiatry

Neuroscientist offers insight into how loneliness can affect health

Efforts are underway to address the "epidemic of loneliness and isolation" affecting the country, as recently addressed by the U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy who is laying out a "National Strategy to Advance Social ...

Health

Loneliness poses risks as deadly as smoking: surgeon general

Widespread loneliness in the U.S. poses health risks as deadly as smoking up to 15 cigarettes daily, costing the health industry billions of dollars annually, the U.S. surgeon general said Tuesday in declaring the latest ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Sharing positive feelings may ease loneliness-based negativity

Even in the best of times, loneliness can contribute to psychological issues—depression, anxiety—and physical health problems whose effects on mortality rank with smoking 10-plus cigarettes a day. In the worst, like the ...

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Loneliness

Loneliness is an unpleasant feeling in which a person feels a strong sense of emptiness and solitude resulting from inadequate levels of social relationships. However, it is a subjective experience. Loneliness has also been described as social pain - a psychological mechanism meant to alert an individual of isolation and motivate her/him to seek social connections.

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