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Neurologists shed light on the phenomenon of loneliness

Neurologists shed light on the phenomenon of loneliness

Topics: Psychology, Research


The feeling of loneliness can really undermine health, experts recognize. In particular, immunity suffers, the risk of Alzheimer's disease increases, depression, cancer, infections begin to develop more actively. Possible exacerbation of chronic diseases involving the lungs, heart, psyche, notes "Med News".

The Laboratory of Brain Dynamics at the University of Chicago has established that there are chemical signals in the brain that can push a person to communicate. But in certain cases, the brain perceives these signals as an indicator of social danger, anxiety, and the person completely loses the desire to socialize.

In turn, steroid drugs, pregnenolone, for example, can help with anxiety and eliminate the sense of danger that leads to loneliness. As part of the experiment, a group of volunteers were given 400 milligrams of pregnenolone. And it allowed to reduce the sharpness of loneliness.

There is also reason to believe that the use of the “hormone of the arms” - oxytocin - will ease the condition of people suffering from chronic loneliness (they cannot communicate with people and at the same time suffer from social exclusion). With a high concentration of oxytocin, a person trusts others and more actively manifests himself in society.