A new study reflects the need for social interaction for humans proving that people who live alone are prone to mental disorders.
French Researchers from the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines found out that in recent years more people are now living alone due to various factors such as population aging, decreasing marriage rates and lowering fertility.
This is not the first study linking who is linking the dots between loneliness and mental disorders but Previous studies have investigated the link have generally been conducted in elderly populations and left out the younger adults in their findings.
This study was published in the journal PLOS ONE and in order to conduct this study, Researchers have used data of 20,500 individuals who are aged between 16-64 years and were living in England. These individuals participate in 1993, 2000, or 2007 National Psychiatric Morbidity Surveys.
Louis Jacob from the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines in his statement said that “Living alone is positively associated with common mental disorders in the general population in England”.
Researchers used a questionnaire focusing on neurotic symptoms during the previous week on Whether a person had a common mental disorder (CMD) and was assessed using the Clinical Interview Schedule-Revised (CIS-R).
The Researchers used several common factors among the individuals to compare the data the individuals were segmented on the basis of weight and height, their dependence on alcohol, their drug usage, being part of any social support, and lastly the amount of loneliness they had in their life.
The data showed that with as the society progresses the amount of people living alone tends to increase people living alone in 1993 was 8.8 percent and in 2000 they increased to 9.8 percent and in another 7 years in 2007 they loneliness increased to 10.7 percent.
In this time period, the CMD rates were 14.1 percent, 16.3 percent, and 16.4 percent.
The Researchers in their findings link the dots between CMD and loneliness irrespective of age and gender.
Researchers also saw the risk factor towards CMD rose by 1.39 to 2.43 times In different subgroups of people. The finding suggested that Overall, loneliness explained 84 percent of the living alone-CMD association.
All around the world, the lifetime prevalence of CMDs is around 30 percent. Necessity factors such as quality of life, physical illness, and mortality are massively affected by CMDs.
This modern era is pushing the people towards more loneliness and this leads to a rise in a number of people affected by CMD’s.