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Isolation leads to depression
People who live on their own are much more likely to suffer from depression, a Finnish study published in BMC Public Health shows.
The study followed up 1,695 men and 1,776 women of working age over eight years. Those who lived alone bought 80 per cent more antidepressants than those living with other people.
The study explored other factors linked with the higher risk of depression. Poor housing conditions were a key risk factor for women. The main risk factors for men were lack of social support and heavy alcohol use.
The researchers say that living with others may provide emotional support and feelings of social inclusion, which protect mental health.