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Marsha Lucas, Ph.D.
(202) 331-3318
1350 Connecticut Avenue, NW (Dupont Circle)
Washington, DC
Specialty
Adjustment Disorders,Adults,Anxiety,Depression,Intimacy issues,and Singles Dating Issues,Depression,Existential Therapy,General,Grief,Group,Individuals,Infertility,Intimacy Issues,Life Changes,Losses & Transitions,Life Transitions,Mens Issues,Mind-Body / Optimal Health,Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy,Positive Psychology,Postpartum,Psychodynamic Psychotherapy,Psychotherapy,Self-esteem Issues,Self-Esteem Issues & Confidence,Stress,Womens Issues / Therapy

Linda Smoling Moore, Ph.D.
(301) 654-4320
5601 River Road, Ste C19
Bethesda, MD
Specialty
Anxiety,Codependency,Cognitive Behavior Therapy,Depression,Intimacy Issues,Life Changes,Losses & Transitions,Mind-Body / Optimal Health,Psychodynamic Psychotherapy,Psychosomatic Disorders,Psychotherapy with individual adults and couples,Self-Esteem Issues & Confidence,Supervision,Womens Issues / Therapy

Christopher John Kowalsky
(240) 514-0171
10605 Concord Street, STE 440
Kensington, MD
Specialty
Anxiety,Depression,Intimacy issues,and Singles Dating Issues,Bipolar Disorder,Brief Psychotherapy,Cognitive Therapy,Combination Psychotherapy and Medication Management,Depression,Expert Witness,Geriatric / Elderly,Head Injury,Individuals,Medication / Psychopharmacology,Military Issues,Obsessive Compulsive Disorder / OCD,Panic Disorders,Post Traumatic Stress Disorder / PTSD,Schizophrenia,Sleep Medicine,Social Phobia,Stress,Terminal Illness

Meier New Life Clinics - Rockville Outpatient
(301) 315-9009
107 West Edmonston
Rockville, MD
Specialty
Counseling center or practice
Additional Information
Meier Clinics has been providing answers to life's problems since 1976 through a wide array of mental health care programs. Our programs are unique as we treat the whole person?emotionally, physically, and spiritually. All of our clinical staff (psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family counselors, addiction counselors, dieticians, etc.) are committed Christians who are fully credentialed and professionally trained. They are dedicated to providing a safe environment

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National Medical Association
(202) 347-1895
1012 10th St., NW
Washington, DC
 
Joanna Lhulier, Psy.D.
(202) 262-1483
5480 Wisconsin Ave Suite 204
Chevy Chase, MD
Specialty
Abuse Issues,Abuse issues,Couples,Family,Child,Adolescent,Sexual Issues,Academic,Adjustment Disorders,Adolescents,Adults,Children,Adolescents,Anger Management,Anxiety,Anxiety,Depression,Intimacy issues,and Singles Dating Issues,Bipolar Disorder,Chronic Mental Illness,Clinical,Consultation / Liaison,Couples,Couples Therapy,Crisis / Disaster Intervention & Recovery,Depression,Depth Psychology,Diagnosis,Eating Disorders,Gay & Lesbian Issues,Gender Identity / Bisexual,General,Grief,Group,Individuals

Gonzalo Laje, M.D.
(301) 576-6044
5480 Wisconsin Ave. - Suite 228
Chevy Chase, MD
Specialty
Adults,Children,Adolescents,Anxiety,Bilingual / Bicultural / Multicultural,Bipolar Disorder,Children with Developmental/Behavioral/Regulatory/Autism,Depression,Infants,Medication / Psychopharmacology,Mental Retardation,Obsessive Compulsive Disorder / OCD,Panic Disorder,Panic Disorders,Phobias,Post Traumatic Stress Disorder / PTSD,Psychopharmacology,Research / Science,Social Phobia,Stress,Stress Conditions / Management

Meier New Life Clinics - Alexandria Outpatient Clinic
(703) 924-2001
6214 Old Franconia Road Suite B
Alexandria, VA
Specialty
Counseling center or practice
Additional Information
Meier Clinics has been providing answers to life's problems since 1976 through a wide array of mental health care programs. Our programs are unique as we treat the whole person?emotionally, physically, and spiritually. All of our clinical staff (psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family counselors, addiction counselors, dieticians, etc.) are committed Christians who are fully credentialed and professionally trained. They are dedicated to providing a safe environment

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Meier New Life Clinics - Fairfax Outpatient and Day Program
(703) 383-8333
11200 Waples Mill Road
Fairfax, VA
Specialty
Counseling center or practice
Additional Information
Meier Clinics has been providing answers to life's problems since 1976 through a wide array of mental health care programs. Our programs are unique as we treat the whole person?emotionally, physically, and spiritually. All of our clinical staff (psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family counselors, addiction counselors, dieticians, etc.) are committed Christians who are fully credentialed and professionally trained. They are dedicated to providing a safe environment

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Total Healthcare Solutions, LLC
(202) 536-4838
38 Porter St., NE
Washington, DC
 
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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, www.scienceofloneliness.com ). 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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