Day: April 2, 2014

Loneliness Is Bad For Your Health

Loneliness is a big part of depression. Some people will feel lonely no matter what, no matter how many people surround them. I agree with Theresa that sometimes we just have to admit that it’s part of who we are and find a way to embrace it and grow from it. God bless you today.

Therese J. Borchard

rain umbrella One of the main tributaries feeding into the river of depression is loneliness. It can both trigger depression and can prevent us from recovery. But loneliness doesn’t just affect mood disorders. It has a hold on heart disease, immunity function, nervous system disorders and many other illnesses. It is not an exaggeration to say that many of the health issues in this country stem from loneliness.

In his PsychCentral blog, “Loneliness Is Not a DSM-5 Disorder, But It Still Hurts,” psychiatrist Ron Pies reports on what loneliness does to the body. He writes:

It’s easy to assume that loneliness is simply a matter of mind and mood. Yet recent evidence suggests that loneliness may injure the body in surprising ways. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine studied the risk of coronary heart disease over a 19-year period, in a community sample of men and women. The study…

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