Being Well Podcast: Never Alone, Still Lonely

Being Well Podcast: Never Alone, Still Lonely

During our ongoing series on “Who Am I,” we’ve explored psychological conditions of various kinds – many of which are stigmatized and pathologized. You can find them in the DSM – the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which is the primary diagnostic tool published by the American Psychiatric Association.

It’s easy to think in binary terms – someone is “sick” or someone is “healthy.” But during our series we’ve tried to highlight just how nuanced things are, and the broad spectrum of psychological states a person could experience in the big grey area between some theoretically perfect level of health and whatever the opposite of that is.

It’s worth noting that there are a lot of very unpleasant parts of life that no reasonable person would categorize as “disorders.” For instance, there’s no DSM entry for sadness or loneliness. Or frustration, rage, general lack of fulfillment, and so on. There’s a real risk sometimes of overmedicalizing perfectly normal parts of the human experience.

On today’s episode of the podcast, Forrest and I focus on one of those unpleasant experiences: loneliness. We explore how we can be surrounded by other people, and still feel alone, the genetic and developmental roots of loneliness, and how loneliness can creep into even our most connected, important relationships.

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