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Murphy Counseling Service
(828) 835-7372
281 Valley River Avenue
Murphy, NC
Tri State Sleep Study Laboratory
(828) 835-7002
3905 E Us Highway 64
Murphy, NC
Jane L Steiner, MD
(336) 632-3505
3511 W. Market St Suite 100
Greensboro, NC
ADHD,Adjustment Disorders,Adults,Children,Adolescents,Anxiety,Bipolar Disorder,BOARD CERTIFIED IN ADULT AND CHILD & ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY,Depression,Grief,Medication / Psychopharmacology,Mood Disorders / Affective Disorders,Obsessive Compulsive Disorder / OCD,Oppositional Defiant Disorder,Panic Disorder,Psychopharmacology,School Issues,Shyness,Smoking Cessation,Social Phobia,Test Anxiety,Touretts Disorder / Tics

Heather Kitchen
(336) 686-1689
2300 W. Meadowview Rd., Ste 208
Greensboro, NC
Adjustment Disorders,Adolescents,Adults,Anxiety,Anxiety,Depression,Intimacy issues,and Singles Dating Issues,Bariatric,Behavioral,Bipolar Disorder,Cognitive Behavior Therapy,Couples Therapy,Depression,Eating Disorders,Marital Therapy,Marriage Counselor,Mood Disorders / Affective Disorders,Obsessive Compulsive Disorder / OCD,Panic Disorder,Phobias,Psychotherapy,Self-esteem Issues,Shyness,Social Phobia,Stress,Womens Issues / Therapy

Board of Licensed Professional Counselors
(919) 661-0820
P.O. Box 1369
Garner, NC
Victa, Theresa, LMBT
(828) 835-3262
35 Tennessee Street,
Murphy, NC
Kyle A Worsham, M.D.
(919) 960-3133
1709 Legion Rd Suite 102
Chapel Hill, NC
Abuse Issues,Addictions,ADHD,Adolescents,Adoption Issues,Anxiety,Anxiety,Depression,Intimacy issues,and Singles Dating Issues,Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorders / ADD,Combination Psychotherapy and Medication Management,Depression,Dissociation,Eating Disorders,Gay & Lesbian Issues,Medication / Psychopharmacology,Obsessive Compulsive Disorder / OCD,Personality Disorders,Post Traumatic Stress Disorder / PTSD,Psychodynamic Psychotherapy,Sports Psychology,Substance Abuse Disorders

Judith S Barnett, Ph.D
(919) 942-0400
1100 B Franklin Square
Chapel Hill, NC
Adjustment Disorders,Adults,Anger Management,Anxiety,Assessment / Selection,Behavioral,Bipolar Disorder,Borderline Personality Disorder/Dialectical Behavior Therapy,Career Coaching,Coaching / Performance Improvement,Consultation / Liaison,Couples,Couples Therapy,Depression,Divorce,Eating Disorders,Families,General,Grief,Individuals,Intimacy Issues,Life Changes,Losses & Transitions,Life Transitions,Lifestyle Change,Marital and Family Therapy,Marriage Counselor,Mood Disorders / Affective Disorders

Paul T. Barrett, Ph.D.
(828) 545-7776
56 College Street, Suite 204
Asheville, NC
Neuropsychological Assessment

Wake Forest Counseling Services Inc
(919) 570-3004
839 Durham Rd
Wake Forest, NC

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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