Dr. Vivek Murthy is a former Surgeon General of the United States who writes about how to improve Americans’ mental health. In this groundbreaking book, he argues that loneliness is the underpinning to the current crisis in mental wellness and is responsible for the upsurge in suicide, the opioid epidemic, the overuse of psych meds, the over-diagnosing and pathologizing of emotional and psychological struggle. And he offers a plan to tackle each one so that people don’t have to turn to drugs or undergo unnecessary surgeries to manage their mental health problems — a step that could put them at an even greater risk of permanent disability or death.
Join former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, who argues that loneliness is the underpinning to the current crisis in mental wellness and expounds on how we can overcome this epidemic. In Together, former Surgeon General of the U.S. explores how we can combat depression and anxiety, overcome addiction, battle disease, and find meaning in each other’s company.
It is a book that everyone should read. It is a powerful and eye-opening read for every individual who has ever felt alone or lost in their lives. No matter how well you think you’re doing, we all need to hear what Dr Murthy says about the true impact of loneliness on our mental health, relationships and day-to-day lives.
Vivek Murthy’s new book, Loneliness: The Impact on Growth, Health & Happiness, explores why lonely people feel so miserable and what we can all do about it. He presents a compelling case that the epidemic of loneliness – which affects one in four Americans – is at the root of today’s mental-health challenges, including suicide rates that are 50% higher than they were two decades ago.
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In this groundbreaking book, Former Surgeon General of the United States Vivek Murthy argues that loneliness is the underpinning of the current crisis in mental wellness and is responsible for the upsurge in suicide, the opioid epidemic, the overuse of psych meds, the over-diagnosing and pathologizing of emotional and psychological struggle. The good news is that social connection is innate and a cure for loneliness. In Together, the former Surgeon General will address the importance of community and connection and offer viable and actionable solutions to this overlooked epidemic.
Vivek Murthy was the US Surgeon General from 2014 to 2017. After his term had ended, he decided to write a book about one of the most significant health scourges he had encountered while traveling around the country. Not smoking or the opioid crisis, but loneliness.
Murthy was shocked by the number of lonely patients he met, and their struggles moved him. He tells the story of James, a baker who worked hard at his job and was good at it. He was single but lived among a community of people that he liked and felt appreciated for who he was. Then James won the lottery, and everything changed. He quit his baking role and moved to a luxury house by the ocean. But his life was no longer fulfilling – he didn’t know anybody in this new location, and he became withdrawn and angry. Spending most of his time alone at home, he put on lots of weight, contracted diabetes, and ended up miserable.
There is scientific evidence that loneliness is a danger to our health. Murthy points to a study by Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad of Brigham Young University. It found that people with strong social relationships are 50 percent less likely to die prematurely than people with weak social relationships. It also discovered that the impact of loneliness on reducing life span is equal to smoking 15 cigarettes a day and that it poses a greater risk than obesity or excessive alcohol consumption.