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A 43-year-old member asked:

can social isolation increase my risk for certain diseases?

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Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
If it makes you sad.: It depends on the effects of the social isolation on your emotions. There is some evidence that low levels of positive emotion (or high levels of negative emotions) can affect your immune system, which could increase your risk of infections. So, if the social isolation is associated with negative emotions (e.g., depression, anger, anxiety) it could make you more susceptible to illness.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

Can social isolation and having only to communicate online cause problems?

1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Great question: We're still dealing with the impact of the many new forms or communication--written, spoken, and visual. There's nothing wrong with social isolation, per se: some are more comfortable alone than with others, esp. Large crowds. So, from one perspective, if it works for you and you're an adult, great. Unanswered is whether it deprives kids of needed skills.If they sit next to each other texting.
A 32-year-old member asked:

How to handle social isolation when working online from home?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Get out of the : House! get to know your neighbors, the people at your gym or church or volunteer organizations. But it all starts with getting out of the house!
A 44-year-old member asked:

Is it still considered social isolation if you communicate online every few hours?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Great question: We're still dealing with the impact of the many new forms or communication--written, spoken, and visual. There's nothing wrong with social isolation, per se: some are more comfortable alone than with others, esp. Large crowds. So, from one perspective, if it works for you and you're an adult, great. Unanswered is whether it deprives kids of needed skills.If they sit next to each other texting.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What are the dangers of social isolation in the digital age?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Warren Kriedman
Psychiatry 47 years experience
Fantasy life: The real problem of the new technology that was thrust on us lacked understanding the effect on person to person interactions. We are seeing more socially isolated children lacking one on one in person friendships. The fantasy world of cyberspace is breeding problems for the emerging youth whose social skills are soley based on the social media internet..
A 45-year-old member asked:

What is the meaning of social isolation now with constant access to digital media?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Warren Kriedman
Psychiatry 47 years experience
It is the same: Social isolation is a symptom of anxiety disorders that adolescents develop due to phobias, panic disorder, separation anxiety etc. With advent of our computers, smart phones and tablets, these adolecents hide their problems entering a self created world in cyperspace where they feel safe. Parents many time miss their child problems feeling their child is just a computer geek.

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