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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
Lee Shain, Ph.D.
(212) 974-0005
330 West 58th Street
New York, NY
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

Riaz Syed, MD
(315) 475-3178
109 South Warren Street Suite 1605
Syracuse, NY
Abuse Issues,ADHD,Anxiety,Bipolar Disorder,Cognitive Behavior Therapy,Depression,Diagnosis,Eating Disorders,Geriatric / Elderly,Inpatient,Neuropsychiatry,Panic Disorder,Psychiatry,Psychotherapy - Dynamic,Sleep Medicine,Stress

John Bezirganian, MD
(607) 274-6200
201 East Green Street
Ithaca, NY
Addictions,Alcoholism,Bariatric,Eating Disorders,Epilepsy,Forensic,Geriatric / Elderly,Mental Retardation,Mood Disorders / Affective Disorders,Psychiatry,Schizophrenia,Testamentary Capacity,Undue Influence,Work Issues / Stress / Injury,Workers Compensation

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
Lawrence Yibin Liang, M.D.
(212) 966-0819
55-59 Chrystie St #407
New York, NY
ADHD,Adults,Anxiety,Bipolar Disorder,Brief Psychotherapy,Depression,Diagnosis,Geriatric / Elderly,Health Insurance Preferred Provider,Individuals,Obsessive Compulsive Disorder / OCD,Outpatient Psychiatry,Pain Management/Chronic Pain Issues,Panic Disorder,Psychopharmacology,Psychosomatic Disorders,Schizophrenia,Sleep Medicine,Social Phobia

Michael H Rosenfeld, Psy.D.
(516) 643-7697
900 Walt Whitman Road, Suite LL16
Melville, NY
Academic,ADHD,Adolescents,Anxiety,Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorders / ADD,Expert Witness,Expert Witness: Civil,Language Disabilities,Learning / Memory Disabilities,Mental Retardation,Neuropsychology,Psychoeducational Testing,Psychological Educational Consultations & Evaluations,Psychological Evaluations,Psychological Testing,Psychotherapy,Vocational Assessment

Janis S. McAdams, Psy.D.
(917) 685-5128
225 West 12th Street, #1B
New York, NY
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

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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