Mental Disorder Causes 2019: New Study Finds Living Alone Increases Risk

A new study has claimed that living alone may cause an array of mental disorders. The lack of social relationship was considered as the primary trigger of anxiety, substance use and mood disorders and this scenario has been classified as a common occurrence in our society at present.

A new study published in the PLOS ONE journal found that there is a link between common mental disorders (CMDs) and living alone. The authors studied all groups and sexes that developed the conditions due to loneliness. It was also found in another study published in the Journal of Japanese Psychogeriatric Society that younger adults who lived alone were more susceptible to the illnesses than older ones.

As opposed to previous studies that only looked at depression as the only condition associated with living alone, the new research considered unhealthy lifestyle and lack of social support in determining the effects of isolation. The participants experienced neurotic symptoms when they were secluded from their usual social circles.

Earlier studies published in Emerald Insight also found that the “loneliness epidemic” is greatly associated with the development of anxiety and depression. The findings were essential to the new study since mental illnesses is a growing concern in our society to date. The determination of the risk factors associated with it paved the way for establishing intervention programs. These include social care, therapies and animal-based interactions that hamper the development of common mental disorders.

According to the World Health Organization, 300 million people suffer from depression and women are more affected than men. The symptoms include loss of interest or pleasure, sadness, feelings of guilt and low self-worth. Patients also experienced tiredness, interrupted sleep or appetite and poor concentration. Some claimed to have suffered physical issues that are lasting or recurrent and impairment of social activeness in school, at work and their day-to-day lives. Severe depression may also result in death by suicide.

Bipolar affective disorder is known to affect 60 million people worldwide. People who have this condition have separated periods of normal mood and are more irritable, over-active, experience speech issues and inflated self-esteem.

The mental health conditions associated with living alone such as anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder may be treated by seeking support from healthcare services that offer professional assistance.