Singles Counseling Wilmington DE

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Patricia Kent, M.D.
(610) 566-0172
100 West 6th St., Suite 303
Media, PA
Specialty
Abuse Issues,Addictions,Adult Children of Alcoholics,Anxiety,Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorders / ADD,Bipolar Disorder,Combination Psychotherapy and Medication Management,Depression,Diagnosis,Life Changes,Losses & Transitions,Medication / Psychopharmacology,Mood Disorders / Affective Disorders,Obsessive Compulsive Disorder / OCD,Outpatient Psychiatry,Panic Disorder,Post Traumatic Stress Disorder / PTSD,Psychodynamic Psychotherapy,Psychopharmacology,Substance Abuse Disorders,Womens Issue

The Brandywine Center, LLC
(302) 475-1880 (Wilmington, DE)
2500 Grubb Road
Wilmington, DE
Specialty
Counseling center or practice
Additional Information
At The Brandywine Center, we offer expertise across all aspects of individual, couples and family counseling. We can help you enrich your life through individual psychotherapy. We can skillfully guide your family through difficult parenting issues, providing therapy for children, teenagers and parents. And we take great pride in our success in counseling women who have eating disorders.

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Dr. Debra Laino
(302) 521-8258
North Dupont street
Wilmington, DE
 
Alternative Connections Inc
(302) 475-1141
2111 Silverside
Wilmington, DE
 
Baar Brian S Dc
(302) 529-8783
2006 Foulk
Wilmington, DE
 
Nancy Dunbar, MD
(610) 344-0911
1546 McDaniel Drive
West Chester, PA
Specialty
Addictions,ADHD,Adjustment Disorders,Alcoholism,Anxiety,Depression,Diagnosis,General,Life Transitions,Medication / Psychopharmacology,Mood Disorders / Affective Disorders,Obsessive Compulsive Disorder / OCD,Outpatient Psychiatry,Panic Disorder,Psychotherapy,Social Phobia,Substance Abuse Disorders

Cecon Group
(302) 994-8000
Suite 202, 242 N. James Street
Wilmington, DE
 
Alliance Counseling & Consulting
(302) 477-0708
1409 Foulk
Wilmington, DE
 
Alonso Maria Phd
(302) 529-1372
1014 Darley
Wilmington, DE
 
Good Fruit Expressive Arts Counseling and Psychotherapy
(888) 440-2712
3618 Silverside Rd
Wilmington, DE
 
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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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