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New Hartford Psyschological Service
(315) 223-8889
23 Oxford Rd
New Hartford, NY
Kelly Norman Phd
(315) 732-8880
1 Oxford Xing Ste 6
New Hartford, NY
Brian K. Lebowitz, PHD
1050 Hallock Ave. Suite 1
Port Jefferson Station, NY
ADHD,Epilepsy,Geriatric / Elderly,Head Injury,Language Disabilities,Learning / Memory Disabilities,Neuropsychological Assessment,Neuropsychology,Psychoeducational Testing,Psychological Educational Consultations & Evaluations,Psychological Testing,Work Issues / Stress / Injury,Workers Compensation

Joan E. Hertz, Ph.D.
(516) 931-4333
400 South Oyster Bay Road
Hicksville, NY
Adoption Assessments,Adoption Issues,Anxiety,Couples,Depression,Diagnosis,Group,Individuals,Marital and Family Therapy,Obsessive Compulsive Disorder / OCD,Panic Disorders,Psychoanalysis / Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy,Psychotherapy,Self-Esteem Issues & Confidence

Suzanne Mallouk, M.D.
(212) 866-5303
241 Central Park West Suite 1D
New York, NY
Abuse Issues,Addictions,Adjustment Disorders,Adults,Alcoholism,Anxiety,Depression,Intimacy issues,and Singles Dating Issues,Borderline Personality Disorder/Dialectical Behavior Therapy,Buddhism,Developmental Trauma Disorder,Individuals,Medication / Psychopharmacology,Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy,Mood Disorders / Affective Disorders,Outpatient Psychiatry,Psychiatry,Psychodynamic Psychotherapy,Psychotherapy with individual adults and couples

Counseling Center of New Hartford
(315) 724-6702
107 Genesee St
New Hartford, NY
Moeller Charles R Psychlgst
(315) 724-2845
4301 Middle Settlement Rd
New Hartford, NY
Joshua Jones, MD
(585) 454-4817
277 Alexander Street
Rochester, NY
Abuse issues,Couples,Family,Child,Adolescent,Sexual Issues,Adults,Anxiety,Depression,Intimacy issues,and Singles Dating Issues,Bipolar Disorder,Business Consultation,Combination Psychotherapy and Medication Management,Expert Witness,Forensic,Forensic - Criminal,Forensic: Civil,Law Enforcement,NGRI Evaluations,Pre-employment Assessment,Sex Offenders,Violent Offenders,Firesetters,Child,Adolescent and Young,Sexual / Compulsivity Addiction,Sexual Issues / Dysfunction / Therapy,transgender,intersex i

Lisa E. Eskalyo, Psy.D.
(917) 470-5492
88 University Place 8th Floor Suite
New York, NY
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
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, ). 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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