Life of solitude: A loneliness crisis is looming

It is the great irony of our age that we have never been better connected, or more adrift. The issue isn’t just social, it’s a public-health crisis in waiting. If you suffer from chronic loneliness, you run the risk of illness and premature death, reported The Globe and Mail Nov. 23. “This is a bigger problem than we realize,” said Ami Rokach, a psychologist and lecturer at York University in Toronto, who has been researching the subject for more than three decades. “Loneliness has been linked to depression, anxiety, interpersonal hostility, increased vulnerability to health problems and even to suicide,” said Rokach. Read full story.