Analysis Of Article Loneliness Over Time: The Crucial Role Of Mental Depression

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The article Loneliness over time: The crucial role of social anxiety, by Michelle H. Lim, Thomas L. Rodebaugh, John F.M. Gleeson, and Michael J. Zyphur seeks to address that loneliness can have an impact on other mental health issues rather than just being a symptom towards a mental health problem. I believe the reason why the impact of loneliness on mental health is not researched much as an impact because more people tend to believe that if you have a certain mental disorder that loneliness is just a symptom.
In the article the authors are trying to prove that being lonely or feeling lonely is not just a symptom however it can cause additional serious issues. Lim, Rodebaugh, Gleeson and Zyphur hypothesized that social anxiety and paranoia
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The way they performed this experiment was that they administered online measures over 3 time points across a 6-month period. In their cross-lagged structural equation model, which controlled trait levels and prior states, their results implied that earlier loneliness predicts future states of social anxiety, paranoia, and depression. They also concluded that earlier social anxiety was the only predictor of future loneliness. The results Lim, Rodebaugh, Gleeson, and Zyphur obtained “suggest that loneliness may be a potential antecedent to emerging mental health symptoms and that identifying and treating co-occurring social anxiety symptoms may reduce the severity of loneliness (2016, p. 620).” So basically, they are saying is that in their study it suggests that social anxiety is extremely important to include when examining loneliness.
Every article has their strengths and weakness. In my opinion this article has a lot more strengths then weakness. I really liked how the authors researched other studies that were done on loneliness and including them into their article. For example, the authors of the article used a study by
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Lim, Thomas L. Rodebaugh, John F.M. Gleeson, and Michael J. Zyphur seeks to address that loneliness can have an impact on other mental health issues rather than just being a symptom towards a mental health problem in their article they wrote called Loneliness over time: The crucial role of social anxiety. The main idea of their research was trying to prove that being lonely or feeling lonely is not just a symptom however it can cause additional serious issues. This article, just like any other article, has it strength and weaknesses. Their research, in my opinion, had may more strength than they did weakness. I think the authors should conduct more research and experiments to further out their hypothesis. This article did educate me more in a few areas and it made me view that symptoms of a mental illness could also be the reason why it was

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