Survey Finds Nearly Three-Quarters (72%) of Americans Feel Lonely
A new survey of more than 2,000 American adults found 72 percent report having felt a sense of loneliness, with nearly a third (31 percent) experiencing loneliness at least once a week. The survey was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of the American Osteopathic Association in September.
Isolation is often an underlying factor in many of the most common health conditions, including chronic pain, substance abuse and depression, according to osteopathic physicians. For patients who are experiencing loneliness, DOs recommend seeing a physician to determine whether those feelings are caused by depression. To limit lonliness, patients can also take simple steps to increase real social engagement.
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