Do You Live Alone? It Increases Mental Disorders Problems, Says Study

Always jobs and studies have forced people to stay away from families.

Sometimes people end up getting good roommates with whom they develop a steady and healthy friendship that lats life long. But for some luckless ones, sharing room with someone ends up in a nightmare.

Finally result, they prefer living alone to avoid the hassle and drama of a roommate. But according to a new study, living alone increases the risk of mental disorders and not good for health.

Is living alone harmful?

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It’s sad but truly most of the people leave their parent’s to settle down in bigger cities where they have to survive alone. There are no routine or diet habits that they are able to follow and live a healthy life. As a result, their health issue arises and soon they start feeling homesick.

Most people think that it’s a physical health-related issue which can be fixed by a quick visit to hometown. But this new study really points out the impacts of living alone without any roommate. The basis of the study was, “The prevalence of common mental disorders was higher in individuals living alone than in those not living alone in all survey years.

Study of mental disorder and living alone


According to the study, the prevalence of people living alone in 1993 was 8.8% followed by 9.8 % in 2002 and 10.7% in now 2007 yearly increase the problem of living alone. Mental health problems are more common in people who live alone regardless of age and sex, says a study.

This study was published in the journal PLOS ONE. The researchers had collected data on 20,500 people aged 16-64 living in England. These people participated in 1993, 2000, or 2007 National Psychiatric Morbidity Surveys.

The aim of this study was to find those people who had a common mental disorder (CMD). It was done using the Clinical Interview Schedule-Revised (CIS-R) questionnaire which was focusing on neurotic symptoms of people. Once the study ended, they found a positive association between living alone and common mental disorder people.

Why living alone increases the risk?

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This study also noted that in a different subgroup of people, living alone increased a person’s risk for common mental disorder by 1.39 to 2043 times.

Living alone is positively associated with common mental disorders in the general population in England, according to the co-author Louis Jacob from the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines in France. Additionally, the lifetime prevalence of CMDs was 30 %.

In simple words, these mental disorders have a major relationship to the quality of life, physical illness and mortality. The researchers advise things that can tackle homesickness, might aid the mental well-being of individuals living alone.

In Conclusion:

Try having a pet that needs less attention and keeps yourself occupied from alone. Spent time in gardening, reading or pick up some hobby which requires you to dedicate a specific amount of time towards it. But if you have no other options but you live alone, you must take precautionary measures so that you don’t lose your brains.

Live a healthy social life and stay away from the loneliness monster if you want a stress free life.



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