Archives for Loneliness

Disorders

The Loneliness of OCD

I get a lot of comments on my blog. One recurring theme is that obsessive-compulsive disorder is often accompanied by feelings of intense loneliness. Those with OCD typically realize...
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Addictions

Recovery from Rejection and Breakups

Because our nervous system is wired to need others, rejection is painful. Romantic rejection especially hurts. Feeling lonely and missing connection share the evolutionary purpose of survival and reproduction....
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General

The Dark Side of Loneliness

Many people, especially codependents, are haunted by inner loneliness. Twenty percent (60 million) of Americans report that loneliness is the source of their suffering. In fact, our emotional reaction...
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Career

Therapy and Stress

Psychoanalysis, otherwise known as “talk therapy,” is more useful than we may think. Due to the stigma surrounding mental illness, most individuals struggling with family, financial or personal stressors...
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Disorders

5 Benefits of Group Therapy

For many people “group therapy can be more powerful and mutative than individual therapy,” according to Judye Hess, , a clinical psychologist who has a private practice with couples,...
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General

The Power of Touch

I thought about how much I should leave her. She kept the beers coming and she was easy on the eyes. I like her, I thought; she deserves a...
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Family

The Two Faces of Guilt

We all want positive changes in our lives, but often there is something blocking us. Some blocks are very personal, but there are others which are almost universal. One...
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General

How to Be Alone

I often spend at least twelve hours a day being very much in the presence of others. Caring for patients, discussing cases with attending doctors, interacting with nurses and social...
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General

Book Review: How to Be Alone

I recently took a 10-day solitary road trip through Oklahoma, Nebraska and Kansas. A few stops to promote a new book required interacting with other people, but otherwise it...
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