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The Pandemic of Loneliness

The need to be seen and understood

Photo by Sasha Freemind on Unsplash

Loneliness, defined by psychiatrist Fromm-Reichmann as the want of intimacy, is a global pandemic. It’s estimated that 162,000 Americans die every year from loneliness and social isolation. Associated with higher rates of mortality, surges in adrenal hormones, high blood pressure, addictions, obesity, and relational trauma, loneliness undeniably takes a…

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