– Hormonal changes cause anxiety, compulsion, withdrawal symptoms, etc.
When you love someone, you miss them and want to see them. If the degree is severe, it is often referred to as’sickness’, which is the disease of the heart.
Lovesickness is a non-medical term. It is more of a literary expression than a terminology, but experts explain that falling in love causes emotional and physical changes, such as a love affair, even medically.
Anyone who has ever been in love will understand this particular emotional shift. Expressions such as bean pods or that the world looks rosy is also because love triggers special emotions. Complex emotions arise that make you flutter and happy, and at the same time make you miss and restless. Also, due to variations in hormone levels, physical changes such as heartbeat and beating occur.
Some scholars describe this as a kind of’anxiety’. Changes occur, such as being obsessed with loved ones, missing them, feeling anxious, falling into vain thoughts, and so on, which is similar to anxiety disorder.
Sally Baker, a British psychotherapist, explained through the monthly Instile that people in love appear as a mixture of anxiety and excitement. After showing unstable symptoms such as anxiety disorder, the heart beats and the face turns red.
Symptoms of lovesickness are also associated with a sharp rise in levels of the hormone’dopamine’, an increase in the secretion of the stress hormones’cortisol’ and’norepinephrine’, and a decrease in the levels of’serotonin’ resulting from this.
Decreased serotonin levels are closely associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder. For this reason, other scholars have also described the epidemic in terms of’obsessive-compulsive disorder’. Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a kind of pathological suspicion. The feeling of missing a loved one is natural, but if you are anxious that the other person will meet with another reason and your feelings of suspicion continue to amplify without evidence, it may be an obsessive compulsion beyond your healthy range.
Love is also a kind of’addiction’. Continued exposure to addictive drugs leads to oversecretion of dopamine, leading to addiction, and dopamine is released even when in love. As a result, a person in love feels happy, but on the contrary, when the other person is absent, he falls into an anxious state like’withdrawal symptoms’.
It is similar to addiction to not hear other people’s words. It is difficult to accept the critical opinions of people who can evaluate the person they love from a relatively objective standpoint, and seeing the other person’s shortcomings positively, they fall in love.
If all of these emotional changes happen within a healthy range, don’t worry. This is because it is the process of forming a more intimate relationship with the person you love. After that, when the relationship becomes stable, the symptoms of love affairs gradually disappear. In particular, the more you trust and respect each other, the more stable relationships can be established. Here, a hormone called’oxytocin’ is involved, helping to strengthen the relationship with each other.
Treatment may be necessary if the symptoms of a superstitious disease do not flow in a healthy direction and are triggered in a form that shows excessive suspicion and anxiety about the other person. The same is true when you have withdrawal symptoms that are severe enough to interfere with your daily life. Just as a young child who goes to the mart with her mother panic when she can’t see her around, some people feel extreme stress and anxiety when a loved one is absent. It may manifest in the form of headache, muscle tension, chest pain, insomnia, and loss of appetite, and the part of the brain that feels physical pain may become more active. In this case, you may have a serious degree of anxiety disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder, so it is better to find an appropriate treatment method such as psychological therapy, drug therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, etc. through hospital consultation.
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