The Love Bug

Posted: October 2, 2011 by jerkmag in CRISP -- health
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Your palms are sweaty, your head is spinning, and you can’t even bear to look at food.  Think you’re coming down with the flu? Think again. You’re probably just in love.We all know love can make you crazy. Whether it’s checking Facebook, jumping at the sound of your text message alert, or vowing to physically harm anyone who is even remotely a threat (okay, maybe that last one is just me), we’ve all been there. But aside from these psychological drawbacks to love, there are also physical maladies that can be brought on by your own romantic happiness.

The most significant effect being in love has on your body is the increase in adrenaline. Though it may be slightly lower than the amount of adrenaline pumping through one’s body as they’re trying to lift a car off of someone, the extra adrenaline in your body can throw your whole system out of whack.

According to an article on MSNBC.com, being in love is similar to taking a “chemical cocktail of neurotransmitters.” This so-called “love potion” is comprised of phenethylamine, dopamine, norepinephrine, and oxytocin. Basically, being in love is like overdosing on amphetamines–without the whole taking-drugs-illegally-and-suffering-the-harmful-side-effects thing.

So, your inability to get excited over a weekly trip to Wegmans? You can thank adrenaline for that. And that C- you got on your pop quiz yesterday after not being able to sleep, and then waking up with you-know-who on the brain? That was adrenaline’s fault, too.

Luckily, this stage of “limerance,” which is a term coined by psychologist Dorothy Tennov to explain the maladies present when newly in love, is only temporary and should last for about six months to two years.  However, if you’re a serial dater with a tendency for short-term relationships, then I guess you’re kind of screwed.

-Amber Brenza

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