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Depression. I have read an article on the BBC News website asking Is living alone bad for your mental health?.

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´╗┐Amy Watts Psychology Task two Is living alone bad for your mental health? I have read an article on the ?BBC News? website asking ?Is living alone bad for your mental health??. A group of Finnish researchers from the Finnish institute of occupational health have looked into the link between solitary living and the risk of developing depression. The project was led by Dr Laura Pulkki-Raback. ?the real risk of mental health problems in people living alone could be much higher.? (Said to the BBC by Dr Laura Pulkki-Raback, 2012) The researchers conducted a study of 3,500 Finnish people, to find out how many of them were using the aids of anti-depressants. ...read more.


The outcome of this research concluded the participants that lived alone brought 80% more antidepressants in the follow up period between 2000 and 2008, than the participants that lived alongside others. Researchers have said that living with others offers you emotional support and social interaction that can help prevent mental health problems, on the contrary living alone deprives you of these, which can lead to feelings of isolation, social anxiety and a lack of trust all of these being common contributors to depression. ?Loneliness and isolation results in people having fewer outlets to talk about how they are feeling, which is something that we know can really help to manage and recover from a mental health problem? (Beth Murphy, Mind, 2012) ...read more.


Anti-depressants can also be used to treat other illnesses such as obsessive compulsive disorder and anxiety problems. These problems are also pointed out by the leader of the project "This kind of study usually underestimates risk because the people who are at the most risk tend to be the people who are least likely to complete the follow up. We were also not able to judge how common untreated depression was." (Dr Laura Pulkki-Raback, 2012) In conclusion to reading the article agree with the findings but do think that the research could have been more thorough for example, conducting a second questionnaire to find out if peoples living situations had indeed changed and those that were living alone were had moved in with others and vice versa. ________________ Referencing BBC News. (2012). People living alone 'are more depressed'. Available: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-17475240. Last accessed 5th Oct 2012. ...read more.

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