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.

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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Summary: A well to do woman, desperate to claw back the love of her husband and children who abandoned her, became so consumed by her lonliness that she fell prey to a scheming duo who claimed to possess 'superstitious powers'.
Social isolation due to the loss of family members and friends makes the geriatric population uniquely vulnerable to substance abuse problems that are caused by lonliness, grief, and depression.
I never thought lonliness could bring such bitter pain, that memories could hurt me so and wound my heart again, yet even in despair I know that every tear I shed would grieve you Mum, so I'll try and smile instead.