People living alone 'are more depressed'People of working age who live alone increase their risk of depression by up to 80% compared with people living in families, says a Finnish study.It says the main factors are poor housing conditions for women and a lack of social support for men, who are both equally affected.
The study tracked the use of anti-depressants in 3,500 Finnish people.
A mental health charity said people who lived alone must be given outlets to talk about their problems.
The study authors highlight the fact that the proportion of one-person households in Western countries has increased during the past three decades, with one in every three people in the US and the UK living alone.
The participants in the study, published in BioMed Central's public health journal, were working-age Finns; 1,695 were men and 1,776 were women, and they had an average age of 44.6 years.
Researchers found that people living alone bought 80% more anti-depressants during the follow-up period, between 2000 and 2008, than those who did not live alone.
Well, dang. Do beer and single-malt count as anti-depressants? That's a rhetorical question, btw... no answer required. It seems to me I read yet another study a few years back that claimed the Finns were the most depressed group of people in all o' Europe, what with their long winters and lack o' sunlight. I nodded north-south when I read that study, not so much this one. Ya think THAT might have sumthin' to do with the number o' depressed single people, at least in Finland? Mebbe?
I tend to be pretty satisfied these days, but I can only speak for myself. Beer and single-malt, yanno?