loneliness

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loneliness

 [lōn´le-nes]
a sense of dejection because of being alone.
risk for loneliness a nursing diagnosis accepted by the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association, defined as being at risk for experiencing vague dysphoria.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

loneliness

The anxious, depressed, or dysphoric mood that occurs as a result of physical or psychic isolation.

risk for loneliness

The risk for experiencing discomfort associated with a desire or need for more contact with others.
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