Is loneliness a disease?

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Kiss-My-axe
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I read this really interesting article that terms loneliness as an 'epidemic'. The phrasing prompted me to wonder whether loneliness is in fact a disease or an illness. The article went on to explore places we face loneliness, the impact on us as social beings and significance of this issue. This prompted me to start this discussion. Is loneliness a disease with the way it seems to be almost spreading across the globe? The symptoms of loneliness may suggest that it is in fact a disease but the issue stems from psychological factors.

So is loneliness in fact a disease?
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(Original post by Kiss-My-axe)
I read this really interesting article that terms loneliness as an 'epidemic'. The phrasing prompted me to wonder whether loneliness is in fact a disease or an illness. The article went on to explore places we face loneliness, the impact on us as social beings and significance of this issue. This prompted me to start this discussion. Is loneliness a disease with the way it seems to be almost spreading across the globe? The symptoms of loneliness may suggest that it is in fact a disease but the issue stems from psychological factors.

So is loneliness in fact a disease?
I don't know. Imo, it does turn into a positive feedback loop. It's human nature to see yourself negatively. On your own often these thoughts are worse. And because they get worse, it's much harder to feel confident to go out and meet people. So, you get stuck in a loneliness rut. I have no idea if that makes it an illness or a disease
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It could be a condition, I guess. Some people do seem hardwired toward it
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