Addicted to love?

Okay, I have a theory. I believe falling in love is an addiction. First, there's the feel-good, the immense buzz. You don't believe people when they say you're addicted. You act like a fool. Then, you get tolerant, and need more and more love to get the same buzz. If the love-object is taken away, you start getting withdrawal symptoms. There is craving, there are physical and mental symptoms of withdrawal, anxiety and depression. You look for substitutes to ease the pain, and they are often more harmful than the original. If you manage to survive, then slowly, the craving goes away. Yet, even after years, a sensory trigger may set off the cravings.

There must be neurons in the brain that are fired by love, just like there are receptors for drugs and reward pathways.

And since there is tolerance, withdrawal, and significant impairment in social functioning, it is a dependence according to the DSM IV criteria.


I know its not the most original theory in the Universe, but still. This needs to get into DSM V.

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Psychiatrist, cook, bookworm, photographer. Not necessarily in that order.
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3 Responses to Addicted to love?

  1. Zotta says:

    Why not add it to the DSM–(is it V already)? The more the merrier.

  2. Purplesque says:

    DSM V is being written, I believe..which is why this would be perfect timing. But seems like someone did this back in 2004.There goes my Nobel Prize. Hmph.

  3. Zotta says:

    Well, you what they say: nothing new under the sun. Eyes on the prize!

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