It appears that isolation rewires the brain in myriad ways, potentially leading to anxiety, depression, addiction, and other behavioral changes. The findings were presented at Neuroscience 2021, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience and the world’s largest source of emerging news about brain science and health.
Humans are a highly social species who crave social contact for their well-being. Loneliness induced by social isolation can cause significant neurological and behavioral changes that may lead to health issues. Given the widespread experience of loneliness during the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a need to better understand and prevent the long-term effects of social isolation. Scientists are just beginning to understand these changes and hope to find ways to curb their negative effects.
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I hit Like but I don’t like this. That’s not surprising, but is concerning. It’s an epidemic of loneliness, too. Again. Here’s hoping for those who don’t have roommates or family in the same town or a close knit social group that they find connections.
Today my neighbor offered a hand to shake and a hug, a traditional greeting for Latin Americans. It took me by surprise (as I hoped he’d been vaccinated and wasn’t giving me omicron.) I think this is what it will take — everyone reaching out beyond or comfort zones. (With masks and shots, ideally).
Happy New Year, Tony!
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Hello, Dude! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. There is no question that the damage to we humans by this pandemic is very widespread beyond the statistics and is more hurtful than we realize. It really is a whole new ball game. Particularly interesting for us old folks. Just when we thought we could take it easy. Happy New Year, to you, too!