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Richard Thomas Gottlieb, M.D., Psy.D.
(602) 494-8105
4232 E. Cactus Rd. Suite 207
Phoenix, AZ
Adjustment Disorders,Adolescents,Adults,Children,Adolescents,Anxiety,Depression,Intimacy issues,and Singles Dating Issues,Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorders / ADD,Bipolar Disorder,Combination Psychotherapy and Medication Management,Depression,Depth Psychology,Diagnosis,Medication / Psychopharmacology,Mood Disorders / Affective Disorders,Neuropsychology,Obsessive Compulsive Disorder / OCD,Outpatient Psychiatry,Panic Disorder,Phobias,Post Traumatic Stress Disorder / PTSD,Psychoanalysis /

(480) 948-3361
9813 North 95th Street Suite 105
Scottsdale, AZ
ADHD,Adjustment Disorders,Adults,Anxiety,Behavioral Medicine,Bipolar Disorder,Brief Psychotherapy,Cognitive Behavior Therapy,Combination Psychotherapy and Medication Management,Depression,Expert Witness: Civil,Geriatric / Elderly,Medication / Psychopharmacology,Obsessive Compulsive Disorder / OCD,Panic Disorder,Post Traumatic Stress Disorder / PTSD,Postpartum,Psychiatry,Psychopharmacology,Psychotherapy

(602) 575-4030
1130 E Missouri Avenue
Phoenix, AZ
(602) 864-6030
2226 W. Northern Ave
Phoenix, AZ
A New Perspective Counseling Center
(602) 264-2893
2702 N 3rd St
Phoenix, AZ
Richard T. Gottlieb, M.D., Psy.D.
(602) 494-8105
15615 N. 71st St. Suite 108
Scottsdale, AZ
Anxiety,Depression,Dream analysis,Individuals,Medication / Psychopharmacology,Mood Disorders / Affective Disorders,Outpatient Psychiatry,Panic Disorder,Post Traumatic Stress Disorder / PTSD,Psychoanalysis / Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy,Psychopharmacology

David C. Hubbard, Ph.D
(480) 776-3386
1237 S. Val Vista Dr.
Mesa, AZ
Abuse Issues,Adjustment Disorders,Anger Management,Anxiety,Cognitive Behavior Therapy,Depression,Grief,Guided Visualization,Hypnosis,Life Transitions,Mood Disorders / Affective Disorders,Panic Disorders,Post Traumatic Stress Disorder / PTSD,Psychotherapy,Relationship Issues & Conflicts,Self-esteem Issues,Spiritual Concerns / Psychotherapy / Exploration,Trauma Recovery

Stonewall Institute
(602) 535-6468
2720 E. Thomas Rd.
Phoenix, AZ
Deer Valley Counseling
(603) 750-8051
2301 W Dunlap Ave, Suite 206
Phoenix, AZ
Jason Fierstein, MA, LPC | Phoenix Mens Counseling
(602) 309-0568
668 N. 44th Street, Suite 300
Phoenix, AZ

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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