Remember, you’re not alone. Loneliness is a common problem, but it’s one that you can overcome.
By Tara Derington, MyMsMedicine.com/blog
Dr. Vivek Murthy, the United States Surgeon General, has said, “Loneliness is not just a feeling. It is a public health crisis that threatens our physical and emotional well-being.” In a recent NYT op-ed, he talks about his personal struggles with loneliness in an open and very honest way. I have seen firsthand how loneliness can impact a person’s physical and mental health. That’s why I was intrigued by the op-ed and a recent study that revealed that loneliness peaks in the mid-40s and is lowest in the 60s.
The study found that, on average, women feel lonelier than men, and those who are divorced or widowed are more likely to report feeling lonely. Furthermore, social media use was found to have no effect on loneliness levels.
There are many reasons why women over 40 may feel lonely. Some common causes include: