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Loneliness and Mental Illness

Loneliness and Mental Illness

Human beings are social creatures.  Our closest animal counterparts by behavior are apes and group predators like wolves, both heavily interdependent societal animals.  We grow up by learning from our parents and peers, form close-knit, more-or-less permanent family groups, and make deep, satisfying, long-lasting friendships. Addiction and other mental disorders disturb and endanger our relationships, leaving many with problems feeling completely alone.  Mental health problems are threatening not just to the sufferer but to friends and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Love and Relationships, Mental Illness

Mental Illness Plays Major Role in Connecticut School Shooting

Mental Illness Plays Major Role in Connecticut School Shooting

  It is widely agreed upon that the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School this past December was one of the most horrific events in recent years.  However, the motive of Adam Lanza is something that still baffles us all.  It is difficult to fathom who could commit such an act and why they would do so.  Although most would already assume that Lanza was obviously mentally unstable, new evidence has been revealed that gives us … Read entire article »

Filed under: Conditions and Disorders, Latest News, Mental Illness

Link Between Social Isolation, Addiction

Link Between Social Isolation, Addiction

Feeling alone and being alone are very powerful feelings and emotions.  This is especially true for people in their adolescence.  Now there seems to be evidence pointing to a link between social isolation and substance addiction.   According to a new study published in the journal Neuron social isolation during adolescence can lead to greater vulnerability to alcohol and amphetamine addiction later in life. The study, conducted by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin, was … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Conditions and Disorders

The Powerful Connection Between Loneliness and The Immune System

  Loneliness is something that many people struggle with in their lives, making it hard to live a happy and fulfilling existence.  Recent studies done by researchers from Ohio State University have found that loneliness is associated with abnormal immune responses in the body which can eventually lead to unwanted health effects. They found that people who were more lonely showed signs of elevated dormant herpes virus reactivation and produced more inflammation-related proteins in response to acute stress than people who felt more socially connected.  Persistent inflammation is connected to a number of serious health conditions, including, Type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease. “It is clear from previous research that poor-quality relationships are linked to a number of health problems, including premature mortality and all sorts of other very … Read entire article »

Filed under: Conditions and Disorders, Research