In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales discuss loneliness. It’s a very common feeling that most people experience at some point in their lives. Now, medical experts report that the effects of loneliness should be considered to be a major health danger. Our hosts discuss how this is the case. They also explain the differences between being alone and being lonely and between loneliness and solitude. Other information provided in this episode include the different types of loneliness (it’s not all about being without a romantic partner) and what steps one can take to stop being lonely.


Show Highlights:


[1:00]   Loneliness is deadlier than smoking or obesity.

[1:39]   How is loneliness so dangerous?

[4:27]   The various types of loneliness.

[14:31] The difference between being alone and being lonely.

[15:30] What you can do to stop being lonely.


Listen as Our Hosts Talk About the Dangers of Loneliness

Bipolar Disorder was likely to take me out a lot quicker than dying of obesity…but the second likely thing to have taken me out was loneliness.” ~ Gabe Howard


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About The Psych Central Show Podcast Hosts

Gabe Howard is an award-winning writer and speaker who lives with bipolar and anxiety disorders. In addition to hosting The Psych Central Show, Gabe is an associate editor for He also runs an online Facebook community, The Positive Depression/Bipolar Happy Place, and invites you to join.  To work with Gabe, please visit his website,




Vincent M. Wales is a former suicide prevention counselor who lives with persistent depressive disorder. In addition to co-hosting The Psych Central Show, Vincent is the author of several award-winning novels and the creator of costumed hero Dynamistress. Visit his websites at and