New research proves that people living alone are at greater risk of depression. In the United States one out of three people is living alone. The same phenomenon is happening in the UK. People are starting to grow apart and this come with consequences.

Living alone increases risk of depressionA new study that was published in the BMC Public Health journal shows that the risk of depression for people living alone is 80% higher than for those who share their apartment with a roommate, may that be a friend, a partner, or a relative. The study, however, was done only on people who are taking antidepressants, which could mean that only people who are at risk for depression from the start, are also at risk for it if leaving by themselves. But let’s not rush to that conclusion!

Older studies have proven that living alone can raise the risk for psychological problems in elder people and in single parents.

A team of researchers in Finland have studied the cases of 3,500 people, men and women. All of them had jobs and had a social life. Over a period of seven years, the researchers observed their behavior, including some other factors that might increase the risk for depressing thoughts: lack of education, low income, poor housing conditions (in women), poor job climate, lack of support from the family members and drinking (in men).

Dr. Laura Pulkki-Råback, the lead author of the study, explained that they have noticed a link between living alone and depression. “Our study shows that people living alone have an increased risk of developing depression”, she said. “Overall there was no difference in the increased risk of depression by living alone for either men or women.”