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Richard J Gersh, M.D.
(212) 632-4789
135 West 50th Street 6th Floor, Room 79
New York, NY
Specialty
Adjustment Disorders,Adolescents,Adults,Anxiety,Assessment / Selection,Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorders / ADD,Bipolar Disorder,Depression,Diagnosis,General,Geriatric / Elderly,Medication / Psychopharmacology,Mood Disorders / Affective Disorders,Post Traumatic Stress Disorder / PTSD,Postpartum,Psychodynamic Psychotherapy,Psychopharmacology,Schizophrenia,Serious Mental Disorders,Solution Oriented Therapy

Janis S. McAdams, Psy.D.
(917) 685-5128
225 West 12th Street, #1B
New York, NY
Specialty
Abuse Issues,Adjustment Disorders,Adults,Anxiety,Brief Psychotherapy,Clinical,Depression,Grief,Individuals,Intimacy Issues,Life Changes,Losses & Transitions,Mood Disorders / Affective Disorders,Panic Disorder,Personality Disorders,Psychoanalysis / Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy,Psychodynamic Psychotherapy,Psychological Testing,Psychology and Psychotherapy Practice,Relationship Issues & Conflicts,Self-Esteem Issues & Confidence

Sharon Packer, MD
(212) 777-1875
270 Lafayette St. Ste. 509
New York, NY
Specialty
Addictions,ADHD,Adult Children of Alcoholics,AIDS/HIV,Alcoholism,Anxiety,Bariatric,Breast Cancer Survivor,Depression,Eating Disorders,Gender Identity / Bisexual,Jungian Oriented Psychotherapy,loss of pet,Medication / Psychopharmacology,Obsessive Compulsive Disorder / OCD,Oncology,Panic Disorder,Social Phobia,Terminal Illness,transgender,intersex issues

Lee Shain, Ph.D.
(212) 974-0005
330 West 58th Street
New York, NY
Specialty
Anxiety,Depression,Intimacy issues,and Singles Dating Issues,Career Coaching,Cognitive Therapy,Couples Therapy,Depression,Gay & Lesbian Issues,Gender Identity / Bisexual,Grief,Intimacy Issues,Lesbian,Gay,Bisexual Issues,Life Changes,Losses & Transitions,Marital and Family Therapy,Mens Issues,Mood Disorders / Affective Disorders,Obsessive Compulsive Disorder / OCD,Panic Disorders,Premarital Assessment/Counseling,Psychotherapy with Individuals,Couples,Families,Self-Esteem Issues & Confidence,Solut

Claudia Diez
(212) 744-8073
New York, NY
Specialty
Adjustment Disorders,Adolescents,Adults,Anxiety,Depression,Intimacy issues,and Singles Dating Issues,Bilingual / Bicultural / Multicultural,Clinical,Codependency,Consultation / Liaison,Couples,Depression,Diagnosis,Marital Therapy,Marriage Counselor,Obsessive Compulsive Disorder / OCD,Psychological Evaluations,Psychological Testing,Psychology and Psychotherapy Practice

Michael Joseph Mendola, Psy.D.
(917) 509-6753
412 Sixth Avenue, Fourth Floor
New York, NY
Specialty
Adjustment Disorders,Adults,AIDS/HIV,Anger Management,Anxiety,Depression,Intimacy issues,and Singles Dating Issues,Brief Psychotherapy,Clinical,Coaching / Performance Improvement,Depression,Depth Psychology,Gay & Lesbian Issues,Lesbian,Gay,Bisexual Issues,Mens Issues,Psychodynamic Psychotherapy,Schizophrenia,Stress,Therapy

Stephen Gilman, M.D.
(212) 717-9138
108 1/2 East 37th Street
New York, NY
Specialty
Addictions,ADHD,Alcoholism,Anxiety,Anxiety,Depression,Intimacy issues,and Singles Dating Issues,Children of Alcoholics,Cognitive Behavior Therapy,Holistic Psychology,Medication / Psychopharmacology,Mind-Body / Optimal Health,Mindfulness Training,Employee Wellness Program Development,Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy,Mood Disorders / Affective Disorders

Stephen Snyder, MD
(212) 875-9800
115 Central Park West Suite 15
New York, NY
Specialty
Adults,Anxiety,Depression,Intimacy issues,and Singles Dating Issues,Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorders / ADD,Combination Psychotherapy and Medication Management,Couples,Intimacy Issues,Marital Therapy,Mens Issues,Parenting Issues / Training,Positive Psychology,Premarital Assessment/Counseling,Psychotherapy - Dynamic,Psychotherapy with individual adults and couples,Relationship Issues & Conflicts,Sexual / Compulsivity Addiction,Sexual Issues / Dysfunction / Therapy,Spiritual Concerns / P

Lisa E. Eskalyo, Psy.D.
(917) 470-5492
88 University Place 8th Floor Suite
New York, NY
Specialty
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder / OCD,Pain Management/Chronic Pain Issues,Panic Disorder,Panic Disorders,Post Traumatic Stress Disorder / PTSD,Psychological Evaluations,Psychological Testing,Psychology and Psychotherapy Practice,Psychotherapy,Relationship Issues & Conflicts,Self-esteem Issues,Stress,Stress Conditions / Management,Therapy,Work Issues

Joel J. Wallack, MD
(212) 420-2398
10 Union Square East
New York, NY
Specialty
Adults,Anxiety,BOARD CERTIFIED IN ADULT AND CHILD & ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY,Consultation / Liaison,Couples Therapy,Depression,Diagnosis,Forensic: Civil,Mood Disorders / Affective Disorders,Obsessive Compulsive Disorder / OCD,Panic Disorder,Post Traumatic Stress Disorder / PTSD,Postpartum,Psychopharmacology,Psychosomatic Disorders,Psychotherapy with individual adults and couples,Stress Conditions / Management

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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