Lonely Life Linked to Depression, says study
In a recent study, conducted by the researchers of Finland, it has been found that people who are living alone and are working have 80% higher chances of being affected with depression. The researchers have supported the findings by saying that the poor maintenance of home and lack of social support leads to depression among women and men respectively.
For the study, the researchers analyzed the intake of anti-depressants by the 3,500 Finnish people. While acknowledging the findings of the study, the mental health charity Mind said that people leading a lonely life should be encourage to discuss their problems.
The findings of the study have been published in the BioMed Central's public health journal. For the study, the researchers included 1,695 men and 1,776 women. All the participants of the study were in their middle age.
These participants were first surveyed in 2000 about their life. In 2008 the survey was continued and it was found that people living alone started to take anti-depressants between 2000 and 2008.
The lead researcher of the study, Dr. Laura Pulkki-Raback said, "This kind of study usually underestimates risk because the people who are at the most risk tend to be the people who are least likely to complete the follow up. We were also not able to judge how common untreated depression was".
While concluding the study, the researcher noted that living with other people boosts moral support of the people and prevents depression. Besides health related problems are also prevented by staying in touch with a closed one. The researchers are of the view that the findings would help in reducing the escalating rate of depression in the country. People leading a lonely life should be encouraged to engage themselves in social activities.