Social connection and meaningful relationships are vital/important and loneliness can profoundly impact mental and physical health. While each person’s experience with loneliness is unique, screening is a useful tool for identifying symptoms and tailoring the best approach.
Similar to depression, chronic loneliness can make everyday tasks feel burdensome and strip away interest and enjoyment from activities that used to bring joy.
Chronic loneliness is associated with increased levels of stress hormones like cortisol which can weaken immune systems and lead to inflammation, raising susceptibility to conditions like heart disease and diabetes.
Prolonged periods of isolation can erode social skills, leading to increased anxiety in social settings.
Loneliness is linked to a higher risk of developing conditions like Alzheimer’s disease as social isolation affects brain structures and functions.
Our ADHD Assessment screens for loneliness using UCLA Loneliness Scale, and diagnostic-focused questions. The results of that screening are included in the final report so that the patient can discuss the best possible treatment options with their clinician.
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