Stop Medicalizing Loneliness–History Reveals It’s Society That Needs Mending

November 25, 2019

(The Conversation) – By talking about loneliness as a virus or an epidemic, we medicalise it and seek simple, even pharmacological treatments. This year researchers announced that a “loneliness pill” is in the works. This move is part of a broader treatment of emotions as mental health problems, with interventions focusing on symptoms not causes. But loneliness is physical as well as psychological. Its language and experience also changes over time.