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Patricia Kent, M.D.
(610) 566-0172
100 West 6th St., Suite 303
Media, PA
Abuse Issues,Addictions,Adult Children of Alcoholics,Anxiety,Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorders / ADD,Bipolar Disorder,Combination Psychotherapy and Medication Management,Depression,Diagnosis,Life Changes,Losses & Transitions,Medication / Psychopharmacology,Mood Disorders / Affective Disorders,Obsessive Compulsive Disorder / OCD,Outpatient Psychiatry,Panic Disorder,Post Traumatic Stress Disorder / PTSD,Psychodynamic Psychotherapy,Psychopharmacology,Substance Abuse Disorders,Womens Issue

Timothy Freitas, PsyD
(610) 688-3538
237 Lancaster Ave. Suite 231
Devon, PA
Abuse Issues,Adjustment Disorders,Adults,Anxiety,Anxiety,Depression,Intimacy issues,and Singles Dating Issues,Brief Psychotherapy,Clinical,Couples Therapy,Depression,Depth Psychology,Dissociation,Divorce,Individuals,Life Transitions,Lifestyle Change,Marital Therapy,Mood Disorders / Affective Disorders,Panic Disorders,Personality Disorders,Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Louis Littman, M.D., Ph.D.
(215) 735-4888
1420 Walnut Street Suite 902
Philadelphia, PA
Academic,Anxiety,Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorders / ADD,Bipolar Disorder,Buddhism,Clinical,Combination Psychotherapy and Medication Management,Consultation / Liaison,Depression,Lesbian,Gay,Bisexual Issues,Medication / Psychopharmacology,Mood Disorders / Affective Disorders,Neuropsychiatry,Obsessive Compulsive Disorder / OCD,Outpatient Psychiatry,Panic Disorder,Post Traumatic Stress Disorder / PTSD,Postpartum,Psychopharmacology,Psychotherapy - Dynamic,Schizophrenia,Spiritual Concerns /

Life Guidance Service Inc
(610) 364-1530
727 Meetinghouse Road
Marcus Hook, PA
Child Guidance Resources CTRS
(610) 485-2925
2821 3rd Avenue
Marcus Hook, PA
Nancy Dunbar, MD
(610) 344-0911
1546 McDaniel Drive
West Chester, PA
Addictions,ADHD,Adjustment Disorders,Alcoholism,Anxiety,Depression,Diagnosis,General,Life Transitions,Medication / Psychopharmacology,Mood Disorders / Affective Disorders,Obsessive Compulsive Disorder / OCD,Outpatient Psychiatry,Panic Disorder,Psychotherapy,Social Phobia,Substance Abuse Disorders

Judith Snyder Kastenberg, MD
(215) 545-2145
255 South 17th Street Suite #2810
Philadelphia, PA
Anxiety,Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorders / ADD,Chronic Physical Illness / Disability,Combination Psychotherapy and Medication Management,Depression,Medication / Psychopharmacology,Mind-Body / Optimal Health,Mood Disorders / Affective Disorders,Obsessive Compulsive Disorder / OCD,Panic Disorder,Postpartum,Psychodynamic Psychotherapy,Psychosomatic Disorders,Psychotherapy,Stress,Terminal Illness,transition to parenthood,retirement

The Brandywine Center, LLC
(302) 475-1880 (Wilmington, DE)
2500 Grubb Road
Wilmington, DE
Counseling center or practice
Additional Information
At The Brandywine Center, we offer expertise across all aspects of individual, couples and family counseling. We can help you enrich your life through individual psychotherapy. We can skillfully guide your family through difficult parenting issues, providing therapy for children, teenagers and parents. And we take great pride in our success in counseling women who have eating disorders.

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Child Guidance Resource Center
(610) 485-4469
2950 Chichester Avenue
Marcus Hook, PA
Sybrena's Behavioral Cnsltng
(610) 494-5607
3131 Meetinghouse Road
Marcus Hook, PA
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Only the Lonely

The pain of social isolation can be harmful to your overall well-being.

by Claire Sykes

May 2010

It’s Saturday night and, once again, you’re home alone; your mind drifts to that party where everyone seemed to be having more fun than you. And then there’s all those overtime hours and solo drive-through dinners. It’s enough to make anyone feel downright lonely.

If you often feel lonely, you’re not alone. Roughly 60 million Americans are lonely right now, says John Cacioppo, PhD, a professor at the University of Chicago and author (with William Patrick) of Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection (Norton, ). Everyone can feel a little isolated sometimes. But when loneliness becomes chronic, interfering with daily life and hindering happiness, Cacioppo says it can “become a risk factor for illness and early death.”

Broken Connections

Being alone doesn’t always mean being lonely. “Loneliness is the emotional pain you feel when your need for connection isn’t being met,” Cacioppo says. “What matters is your subjective response to the situation.” It’s normal to feel lonely when your daughter takes off for college, your husband divorces you or your doctor tells you you’ve got cancer. If you live alone and have neither an intimate partner nor a satisfying social network, or if you struggle with money or health problems, you are also more likely to feel lonely. But if you enjoy being by yourself for hours or even weeks on end, that’s not loneliness—that’s solitude.

Humans are built to feel loneliness because we are basically social animals who need to bond and cooperate with others—as couples, families, communities and cultures—in order to thrive. It comes from our prehistoric days, when being alone meant getting eaten by that saber-toothed tiger.

“Our research today with brain scans and physiological markers suggests that loneliness is a biological construct, much like hunger, thirst or physical pain,” says Cacioppo. “It has evolved as a signal to change behavior, to prompt one to build or renew connections, and to promote social trust, cohesiveness and collective action, in order to ensure survival.”

In loneliness, perception is everything. “Some people are more sensitive to the pain of perceived isolation,” says Louise Hawkley, PhD, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Chicago. People can feel lonely even when they’ve got friends and family around. “There is some indication of a heritable component to loneliness,” notes Hawkley. “An insecure maternal-attachment bond as an infant or a negative event in childhood can trigger loneliness in genetically susceptible individuals.”

Because we’re wired to experience loss of social connection as a threat to our well-being, feeling lonely can also leave us feeling scared. “This may translate as a hypervigilance about others and their perceptions of you,” says Hawkley. “Without necessarily being aware of it, you m...

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