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Timothy L. Carpenter, DO
(323) 298-3100
5105 Goldleaf Circle/Wateridge Office Park Center
Los Angeles, CA
Specialty
ADHD,Adjustment Disorders,Adults,AIDS/HIV,Anger Management,Anxiety,Anxiety,Depression,Intimacy issues,and Singles Dating Issues,Assessment / Selection,Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorders / ADD,Bariatric,Behavioral,Behavioral Medicine,Bipolar Disorder,Borderline Personality Disorder/Dialectical Behavior Therapy,Cardiac,Chronic Mental Illness,Chronic Physical Illness / Disability,Clinical,Cognitive,Combination Psychotherapy and Medication Management,Consultation / Liaison,Crisis / Disaster

Daniel E. Fast, M.D.
310/246-1040
462 N Linden Dr # 345
Beverly Hills, CA
Specialty
Addictions,AIDS/HIV,Alcoholism,Anxiety,Bipolar Disorder,Borderline Personality Disorder/Dialectical Behavior Therapy,Combination Psychotherapy and Medication Management,Depression,Gay & Lesbian Issues,Gender Identity / Bisexual,Lesbian,Gay,Bisexual Issues,Mens Issues,Psychoanalysis / Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy,Psychotherapy - Dynamic,Sexual / Compulsivity Addiction,Telephone Case Consultations,Second Opinions,Supervision,transgender,intersex issues

Davis K. Rothman, Ph.D.
(310) 467-9760
9255 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
Specialty
Academic,Adolescents,Anxiety,Clinical,Coaching / Performance Improvement,Educational Consulting,Groups,Individuals,Mood Disorders / Affective Disorders,Phobias,Psychotherapy - Dynamic,Relaxation,School Issues,Self-esteem Issues,Test Anxiety

Valerie Kolone, Ph.D.
(626) 297-4544
Los Angeles, CA
Specialty
Abuse Issues,Academic,Adolescents,Anxiety,Assessment / Selection,Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorders / ADD,Children,Clinical,Depression,Developmental Disorders,Developmental Trauma Disorder,Diagnosis,General,Grief,Neuropsychology,Psychoeducational Testing,Psychological Educational Consultations & Evaluations,Psychological Evaluations,Psychological Testing,Testing and Consultations

K.C. Bugg, Psy.D.
(626) 209-1194
446 South Marengo Ave
Pasadena, CA
Specialty
Adjustment Disorders,Adults,Anxiety,Gay & Lesbian Issues,Hypnosis,Neuropsychological Assessment,Psychological Evaluations,Psychological Testing,Test Anxiety

Amy J Samuels
(310) 933-5224
6310 San Vicente Blvd Suite 410
Los Angeles, CA
Specialty
Abuse issues,Couples,Family,Child,Adolescent,Sexual Issues,Adjustment Disorders,Adults,Children,Adolescents,Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorders / ADD,Children,Depression,Gay & Lesbian Issues,Mood Disorders / Affective Disorders,Play Therapy,Psychological Testing,Psychotherapy with Children,Adolescents & Adults,School Issues

Evelyn M. Goodman, Psy.D., MFT
(310) 391-3853
12313 Havelock Ave.
Culver City, CA
Specialty
Anxiety,Brief Psychotherapy,Couples,Depression,Families,Grief,Individuals,Life Changes,Losses & Transitions,Marital and Family Therapy,Mind-Body / Optimal Health,Panic Disorders,Post Traumatic Stress Disorder / PTSD,Self-esteem Issues,Shyness,Social Phobia,Stress Conditions / Management,Womens Issues / Therapy

Kirstin Claudia Moerk, Ph.D.
(310) 405-9989
10850 Wilshire Blvd. Ste. 740
Los Angeles, CA
Specialty
Abuse issues,Couples,Family,Child,Adolescent,Sexual Issues,Academic,Adjustment Disorders,Adolescents,Adults,Adults,Children,Adolescents,Anxiety,Anxiety,Depression,Intimacy issues,and Singles Dating Issues,Child Custody / Visitation / Evaluations,Clinical,Cognitive Behavior Therapy,Cognitive Therapy,Depression,Divorce,Eating Disorders,Individuals,Intimacy Issues,Marital and Family Therapy,Mood Disorders / Affective Disorders,Psychotherapy,Psychotherapy with Children,Adolescents & Adults,Psychothe

Janet A. Martin, M.D., Ph.D.
(310) 405-4624
1626 Westwood Blvd., #106
Los Angeles, CA
Specialty
Adjustment Disorders,Anxiety,Cognitive Behavior Therapy,Combination Psychotherapy and Medication Management,Depression,Gay & Lesbian Issues,Grief,Medication / Psychopharmacology,Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy,Mood Disorders / Affective Disorders,Outpatient Psychiatry,Postpartum,Psychodynamic Psychotherapy,Psychotherapy,Self-esteem Issues,Stress Conditions / Management,Substance Abuse Disorders,Womens Issues / Therapy

Regina Petterson, Psy.D.
(310) 669-4422
11980 San Vicente Blvd., Suite 701
Los Angeles, CA
Specialty
Adjustment Disorders,Anxiety,Clinical,Codependency,Depression,Eating Disorders,Gay & Lesbian Issues,Gender Identity / Bisexual,Individuals,Intimacy Issues,Lesbian,Gay,Bisexual Issues,Life Changes,Losses & Transitions,Life Transitions,Lifestyle Change,Mens Issues,Psychodynamic Psychotherapy,Psychotherapy - Dynamic,Psychotherapy - Trauma Issues,Self-esteem Issues,Self-Esteem Issues & Confidence,Stress,Trauma Recovery,Womens Issues / Therapy

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, www.scienceofloneliness.com ). 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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