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Shelley Z. Goodman, PhD
(215) 782-1297
7401 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA
Abuse Issues,Addictions,Adolescents,Adoption Assessments,Adult Children of Alcoholics,Adults,Alcoholism,Anger Management,Anxiety,Assessment / Selection,Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorders / ADD,Behavioral,Brief Psychotherapy,Cognitive,Depression,Diagnosis,Divorce,Eating Disorders,Employee Assistance Program / EAP,Families,Gay & Lesbian Issues,Gender Identity / Bisexual,Grief,Guided Visualization,Individuals,Intimacy Issues,Life Changes,Losses & Transitions,Marital and Family Therapy,Ment

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

Bruce Naylor, Ph.D.
(215) 806-6955
813B East Gate Drive
Mt. Laurel, NJ
Adolescents,Adults,Anxiety,Biofeedback,Christian / Spiritual Integration,Depression,Obsessive Compulsive Disorder / OCD,Psychodynamic Psychotherapy,Psychotherapy,Sexual / Compulsivity Addiction,Stress

Alexander Sangor Strauss, MD
(856) 983-3866
5000 Sagemore Drive Suite 205
Marlton, NJ
Alternative holistic mental healthcare,Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorders / ADD,Bipolar Disorder,Coaching / Performance Improvement,Cognitive Behavior Therapy,Combination Psychotherapy and Medication Management,Depression,Diagnosis,Head Injury,Infants,Leadership Development / Training,Medication / Psychopharmacology,Neuropsychological Assessment,Parenting Issues / Training,Play Therapy,Psychotherapy with Children,Adolescents & Adults,Psychotherapy with Individuals,Couples,Families,Schoo

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

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 /

Marla W. Deibler, Psy.D.
(856) 220-9672
385 N. King's Highway
Cherry Hill, NJ
Adjustment Disorders,Adults,Children,Adolescents,Anxiety,Bariatric,Behavioral,Behavioral Medicine,Clinical,Cognitive Behavior Therapy,Depression,Diagnosis,Neuropsychology,Obsessive Compulsive Disorder / OCD,Panic Disorder,Psychological Evaluations,Psychological Testing,Psychotherapy with Children,Adolescents & Adults,Relaxation,Self-Esteem Issues & Confidence,Stress,Trichotillomania

Margaret S. Harbison, MD
856-983-3866 Ex 3015
5000 Sagemore Drive Suite 205
Marlton, NJ
Cognitive,Combination Psychotherapy and Medication Management,Depression,Eating Disorders,Gay & Lesbian Issues,Lesbian,Gay,Bisexual Issues,Medication / Psychopharmacology,Mens Issues,Mental Disorders,Obsessive Compulsive Disorder / OCD,Parenting Issues / Training,Post Traumatic Stress Disorder / PTSD,Psychoanalysis / Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy,Relationship Issues & Conflicts,Self-Esteem Issues & Confidence,Sexual Issues / Dysfunction / Therapy,Womens Issues / Therapy

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

Apm Insurance
(215) 225-9360
731 W Erie Ave
Philadelphia, PA

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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