Social Isolation

Social isolation is a state of complete or near-complete lack of contact between an individual and society. It differs from loneliness, which reflects temporary and involuntary lack of contact with other humans in the world. Social isolation can be an issue for individuals of any age, though symptoms may differ by age group. Social isolation has similar characteristics in both temporary instances and for those with a historical lifelong isolation cycle. All types of social isolation can include staying home for lengthy periods of time, having no communication with family, acquaintances or friends, and/or willfully avoiding any contact with other humans when those opportunities do arise.

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Social isolation linked to an increased risk of dementia, new study finds

New studies suggest social isolation is a risk factor for dementia in older adults, point to ways to reduce risk

Social isolation and the brain in the pandemic era: A recent paper surveys research on the negative effects of prolonged social deprivation and the multifaceted drivers of day-to-day pandemic experiences.

How Social Isolation Affects Heat Risks In Japan

Social Isolation Increases Your Risk of Dementia by 26% and Shrinks Your Brain

Social Isolation Increases Risk of Cardiovascular Issues

Social isolation linked to changes in brain structure and lower cognition ability

Social Isolation Is Worse Than Loneliness

Social Isolation Actually Changes The Structure of Our Brains, Neuroimaging Reveals

Social isolation is directly associated with later dementia

A New Study Explores The Worrying Link Between Perfectionism, Depression, And Social Isolation

Research (N = 17k) shows that compared to other early schemas (core beliefs), Shame (feeling inherently flawed and bad) and Social Isolation (feeling like you don't fit in or belong) are the biggest cognitive predictors of depression in adulthood.

New findings (pooled N = 17,830) show that the early maladaptive schemas of Social Isolation (feeling that you don't belong) and Defectiveness/Shame (feeling bad and unlovable) have the largest association with depression in adulthood.

Impact of COVID-19 social isolation measures on early development

Loneliness and Social Isolation Increase Heart Disease Risk in Senior Women

Social isolation and loneliness increase heart disease risk in senior women

Social isolation among older adults linked to having fewer teeth

Studies Reveal Detrimental Impact of Social Isolation and Quarantine Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic

Studies reveal that social isolation and quarantine throughout the COVID-19 pandemic may have a detrimental impact on physical and mental health of people living with pre-existing conditions

Social isolation and loneliness linked to increased risk of CVD in post-menopausal women