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Stauber Rosemary J PhD
(210) 828-3624
359 E Hildebrand Ave
San Antonio, TX
Master Psychic Ann Ross
(210) 733-4325
902 Melissa Dr.
San Antonio, TX
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Abney Marvin D Phd
(210) 241-4119
4067 Broadway St
San Antonio, TX
Rosalyn Benavides, M.A., LPC
(210) 872-4751
9650 Datapoint Dr
San Antonio, TX
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$90. an hour

Harmony Hypnosis and Meditation Center
(210) 967-4400
7122 San Pedro
San Antonio, TX
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$60 to $90 a session

Mary L Wagner LCSW
(210) 821-6464
313 Encino Ave
San Antonio, TX
Behavior Analysts of Texas, LLC (ABA, Behavior & SLP Services)
(210) 657-7400
10615 Perrin Beitel #801
San Antonio, TX
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complimentary scrennings for ABA services and Speech Therapy for individuals labeled Autistic and/or Developmentally Delayed

Master Psychic Ann Ross
(210) 733-4325
902 Melissa Dr
San Antonio, TX
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Aguilera Joseph L Ma
(210) 735-8700
4318 Woodcock Dr Ste 226
San Antonio, TX
Alamo Mental Health Group
(210) 614-8400
4242 Medical Dr
San Antonio, TX

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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