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Living Alone Doesn’t Always Lead to Depression

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A study of more than 3,000 men and women shows living alone makes a person more prone to depression.

National Association of Social Workers member Ray Erickson, MSW, said in this article on that there is truth in the study.

“For people who are prone to depression, living alone can definitely be a contributing factor in developing depression,” he said. “The lack of social contact is a primary influence within the limbic system. Humans need human stimulation for a balanced life.”

However  NASW member Karol Ward, MSW, and Erickson said living alone does not always lead to depression. What is more important is that people who live alone do not become isolated, Ward said.

Erickson suggested people who live alone take a class, join a gym, stay connected to friends and go outside for walks to lessen the likelihood they will develop depression.

To learn more about how social workers help people overcome depression and other mental illnesses visit the National Association of Social Workers’ “Help Starts Here” Mind & Spirit web site by clicking here.

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  1. I fully agree that living alone does not necessarily mean you will suffer from depression. Depression can “hit” you if you are not careful, but as long as you do the things that you love and maintain a healthy social life, you should be fine. Many people are not aware about the causes of depression. There are a lot of factors to consider and it is not just a matter of if live alone you will eventually suffer from depression. If you choose to live alone, and you like doing so, then go for it. As long as you keep it healthy and change your circumstances when you start to feel alone, then you should be alright.

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