Psychology & Psychiatry

How loneliness changes the way our brains process the world

If there's one thing we as humans seem to have in common, it's that most of us have felt lonely at one time or another. But is the pain that comes with feeling socially isolated simply a part of being human? Why does the ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Q&A: How social isolation, loneliness can shorten your life

Loneliness and social isolation are on the rise in the U.S., but as we take steps to find remedies, a new study reminds us that the two are separate problems, often linked (sometimes in surprising ways) but not always, and ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

The language of loneliness and depression, revealed in social media

Loneliness is a risk factor for depression, but it can also be a symptom. Mental health professionals who treat patients experiencing both must navigate the complex relationship between the two conditions, yet also understand ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Young adults hardest hit by loneliness during pandemic, study finds

As psychologists worry that the coronavirus pandemic is triggering a loneliness epidemic, new Harvard research suggests feelings of social isolation are on the rise and that those hardest hit are older teens and young adults.

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