During COVID, we all felt isolated and lonely at times. For some people, these feelings have continued, taking over their happiness and impacting their mental health. Research has found that isolation and loneliness can be just as harmful to your physical health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day (Holt-Lunstad, J., Smith, T.B., Baker, M,. et al. (2015). Those more likely to experience isolation and loneliness include:
- Teens and Young Adults
- People with poor physical health
- Lives Alone
- Previously diagnosed mental health concerns
- Those experiencing life transitions: moving, retiring, losing a partner, etc.
Due to the rise of loneliness and isolation being seen in mental health patients, numerous international organizations have pointed out the importance of screening for and treating these conditions closer to their onset. Therapeutic modalities often used with clients include:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Exposure Therapy
- Psychodynamic Therapies
At Vault, we aim to improve social connections, identifying the negative thinking patterns that are leading to loneliness and social isolation. Please give us a call to chat with someone about how we can work together.