Does Living Alone Increase Depression Risks?


Nowadays many people lives alone by choice. Yes, they prefer to be alone rather than having others to accompany them at home. Although it is their right to do so, they should know that based on a recent research done by scientists, it is known that people who choose to live alone have an 80 percent higher risk of experiencing depression when compared to those who lives other people.

For people to know depression, they usually can look at the symptoms that appears, but other techniques can also be used to detect depression. One way is by using blood test to detect depression.

It may be caused by advanced technology which allows people to communicate without having to meet face to face with other people, or it could also maybe be caused by other factor, but fact shows that for more than three decades, the number of people living alone in America has doubled, which is one out of three people.

This research itself was done in Finland, by involving 3,500 men and women workers. This study shows the link and relationship between living alone and depression. The researchers in this study followed the development of each participants for seven years. The researchers observed the participants’ daily habits which could be a factor or could be related to depression such as the use of antidepressants, life management, psychosocial factors, sociodemographic, and health risks such as smoking, drinking habits, and lack of exercise.

This study was published online in the BMC Public Health journal. From the study it was known that in women, a third of the increased risk of depression are associated with sociodemographic factors, such as low income and lack of education. While the major risk factors in men are drinking alcoholic beverages and a lack of support from work environment or from their personal lives.

“These types of studies usually underestimate risk factors because people most at risk tend to be the least ability to solve problems,” said Laura Pukki-Raback of the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health in Helsinki, as reported by Health Day.

“We also can not assess how common the depression which is not treated,” said Laura.

The researchers added that more than half of the increased risk remains unexplained. Factors that may support, including feelings of alienation from the community, lack of trust, or problems caused by the change of life.

Although this study found an association between living alone and depressed, but it does not indicate a causal relationship between both of them.

Of course there are many causes of depression. It was even known that television triggers depression. Well, if you happen to experience symptoms of depression, you can take a look at these tips about five foods that can reduce depression.