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Jason R. Kornberg, M.D.
(858) 677-9222
591 Camino de la Reina, Suite #820
San Diego, CA
Abuse Issues,Academic,Addictions,ADHD,Adjustment Disorders,Adoption Assessments,Adoption Issues,Adult Children of Alcoholics,Adults,AIDS/HIV,Alcoholism,Anger Management,Anxiety,Anxiety,Depression,Intimacy issues,and Singles Dating Issues,Assessment / Selection,Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorders / ADD,Bipolar Disorder,Brief Psychotherapy,Chronic Mental Illness,Chronic Physical Illness / Disability,Cognitive Behavior Therapy,Combination Psychotherapy and Medication Management,Crisis / Dis

William M. Brock, Ph.D.
(619) 665-2125
3435 Camino del Rio South, Suite 112
San Diego, CA
Academic,Adjustment Disorders,Adults,Children,Adolescents,Anxiety,Assessment / Selection,Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorders / ADD,Behavioral,Cognitive Therapy,Consultation / Liaison,Depression,Developmental Disorders,Diagnosis,Educational Consulting,Families,Geriatric / Elderly,Individuals,Learning / Memory Disabilities,Mental Retardation,Parenting Issues / Training,Play Therapy,Psychoeducational Testing,Psychological Educational Consultations & Evaluations,Psychotherapy with Children,A

Jill Elizabeth Weckerly, Ph.D.
(619) 708-1247
3020 Childrens Way, MC5033
San Diego, CA
Adults,Children,Neuropsychology,Psychoeducational Testing,Psychotherapy with Children,Adolescents & Adults

Amy Lansing, Ph.D.
(858) 966-7594
Children's Hospital and Health Center 3020 Children's Way, Mail Code 5033
San Diego, CA
Clinical,Neuropsychology,Research / Science

Murray H. Rosenthal, D.O.
(858) 571-1188
3625 Ruffin Road #100
San Diego, CA
Adolescents,Adults,General,Geriatric / Elderly,Mind-Body / Optimal Health,Psychopharmacology,Research / Science

Joshua D. Golden, M.D.
(619) 220-0201
591 Camino de la Reina, Suite 1030
San Diego, CA
Anxiety,Depression,Medication / Psychopharmacology,Mood Disorders / Affective Disorders,Outpatient Psychiatry,Psychopharmacology,Psychotherapy

Jennifer Lento, Ph.D.
(619) 647-9677
3570 Camino del Rio N., Ste. #102
San Diego, CA
Adjustment Disorders,Adolescents,Adoption Assessments,Anxiety,Children,Christian / Spiritual Integration,Mood Disorders / Affective Disorders,Parenting Issues / Training

David A Boucher, Ph.D.
(619) 296-8097
4545 Park Blvd., Ste105
San Diego, CA
Abuse issues,Couples,Family,Child,Adolescent,Sexual Issues,Addictions,Alcoholism,Anger Management,Anxiety,Bipolar Disorder,Brief Solution Oriented Therapy,Codependency,Cognitive Behavior Therapy,Couples Therapy,Depression,Divorce,Gay & Lesbian Issues,Grief,Marital Therapy,Mood Disorders / Affective Disorders,Post Traumatic Stress Disorder / PTSD,Premarital Assessment/Counseling,Stress Conditions / Management,Substance Abuse Disorders

David Alan Fohrman, M.D.
858 676-1700 X8
3030 Children's Way Suite #101
San Diego, CA
Adults,Children,Adolescents,Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorders / ADD,Chronic Mental Illness,Chronic Physical Illness / Disability,Crisis / Disaster Intervention & Recovery,Identification of medical minicsof psychological symptoms,Military Issues,Post Traumatic Stress Disorder / PTSD,Psychopharmacology

Mark McDonough, Ph.D.
(858) 277-7407
4540 Kearny Villa Road, Suite 215
San Diego, CA
Adjustment Disorders,Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorders / ADD,Developmental Disorders,Disability,Forensic: Civil,Neuropsychology,Post Traumatic Stress Disorder / PTSD,Psychological Testing

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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