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Can social isolation increase my risk for certain diseases?

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Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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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