Our need for human relationships serves many needs. From an evolutionary perspective, our prehistoric ancestors learned that forming community was vital to protect against predators. A group had a better chance for survival compared to the individual. While we don’t usually encounter the same level of threat today, we benefit both physically and psychologically when we know others are looking out for us.
Scientific studies have demonstrated that people with terminal illness who have social support have better outcomes than those without social support.
Psychologically, people who are socially isolated are more prone to mental illness, especially depression and substance abuse. Decreasing social isolation is one of the treatment strategies recommended to reduce depressive symptoms.
Our society increasingly values independence and self-sufficiency. However, our lives are healthier and more meaningful when we nurture social connection.
John R. Montopoli, LMFT, LPCC is a licensed psychotherapist with an office in San Francisco. He is a certified cognitive therapist. He specializes in working with adults struggling with depression and anxiety. John also facilitates groups for adults overcoming shyness and social anxiety disorder. Call or email John to get more information about his services. Phone: 415-689-4131; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
John is also the co-founder of the National Social Anxiety Center. NSAC has affiliated regional clinics in San Francisco, Washington DC, Los Angeles, and Pittsburgh. Each independent center provides cutting-edge treatment for social anxiety disorder.
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