HMP Global July 21, 2022
Ed Jones, PhD

The views expressed in Perspective pieces are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Psych Congress Network, the Psychiatry & Behavioral Health Learning Network, or other Network authors. Perspective entries are not medical advice.

Paul McCartney wrote timeless songs.  His 1966 reflection on loneliness, Eleanor Rigby, resonates with healthcare professionals today since research has identified loneliness as a common and powerful driver of physical and mental health.  McCartney’s question remains, where do they all belong?  Some may need care for an underlying depression, but the critical question is not one of diagnosis.

Loneliness highlights how the human condition often involves pain. A caring response is needed, but medicalization does not take us in the...

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