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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'Traditional analyses of loneliness focus mainly on how often people feel lonely, but this obscures and underestimates experiences that might be infrequent but intense, or that last very long,' said Professor Barreto.
It can quite often lead to depression and it's well documented that loneliness has a direct link to dementia.
"Let's Talk Loneliness' will encourage us all to engage with this issue, speak up without stigma, spot the signs of loneliness and help build more meaningful connections so people feel less isolated."
The organisation's vision is to create a society where loneliness is recognised openly as something likely to affect us all.
Loneliness now is being recognized as a serious health concern.
The researchers explained loneliness as an emotional state of perceived isolation.
Loneliness impairs health by raising levels of stress hormones which play a part in destructive inflammation that affects the whole body and brain.
Loneliness in this way leaves its singular nature and becomes plural, in a plural dimensionality that manifests itself in suffering, pain, and the individual's physical or psychological illness, or even this person's real or metaphorical death.
My colleague recently wrote an article about women who send themselves flowers on Valentine's Day and of a male friend of hers who once accepted money to be someone's date just for that "day of love".But loneliness does not afflict only women.
So TV and a free bus pass - essentials to a pensioner in combating loneliness - may become things of the past.
Laurie Theeke, PhD, RN, a leading researcher on loneliness, added, "There is a stigma with loneliness that begins as early as preschool.
Loneliness is linked to the decrease of a neurosteroid called pregnenolone, which improves stress-related disorders and calms the hyper-vigilance in the brain caused by social threats.