Yes, heroes. Just when you thought you wouldn't mind growing old and dying alone, here's a piece of news that might change your mind. Well, it's not so much about dying alone, but research found that people who live alone had an almost 80% higher chance for depression. The study measured people taking antidepressants against people who lived in any kind of "social or family group."
Perhaps now would be a good time to get a flatmate. Or move in with your family. The study found that people living alone in the U.S. and the U.K. had doubled in the last 30 years. They studied 3,500 men and women of working age in Finland for seven years. They "compared their living arrangements with psychosocial, sociodemographic, and health risk factors, including smoking, heavy drinking and low physical activity, to antidepressant use."
They found that people who were alone were a lot more likely to be depressed. Dr. Laura Pulkki-Råback, who did the research at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health said:
This kind of study usually underestimates risk because the people who are at the most risk tend to be the people who are least likely to complete the follow up. We also were not able to judge how common untreated depression was.'
So this leads us to believe that almost 100% of people (men and women) living alone are at risk for depression! We don't mean to scare you, but perhaps it's time to take home a pet. Or make like Angelina Jolie and grow a rainbow family.
But what does this mean for people who would much rather be alone, or are at their happiest when living alone? Are they secretly depressed? More research needs to be done to identify the cause of depression from living alone. Until then, as long as people have a social life outside their living areas, we doubt depression would kick in yet.