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Love's effect on the brain is as powerful as heroin or cocaine

Does it come as any surprise?

In a recent lecture, psychologist JoAnn Deak made a startling comment on love:
"We now know that the chemical changes in parts of the brain when you're in love are equal to that of heroin doses or high cocaine doses, so you kind of know — if you have to ask if you're in love, you're not."
There are plenty of studies that confirm her statement. When you're head over heels in love, your brain releases a flood of dopamine, also known as the reward hormone. This is responsible for the feeling of euphoria that accompanies falling in love. Funnily enough, it's the exact same thing that happens to your brain when you take cocaine or heroin.
In one study, psychologist Helen Fisher found that when subjects who claimed to be deeply in love looked at a photograph of their partner, the brain regions that became active were the same regions that light up when someone takes cocaine – or has an orgasm.

Basically, love is a drug. But we all knew that already ;)

Now I just wonder if this means love can be addictive, like a drug can. What do you think? @ChriSingularis @Arellano1052 @RaquelArredondo @nicolejb
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@nicolejb to reverse that you'll have to find another drug(love) which has higher effects. But we never know when that drug will finish just like the previous one.
hmmm unless it is the everlasting love drug! the love drug that we are all looking for! our one true love drug! @humairaa I hope to some day find this drug! *cries into my pillow*
but this can't be like a constant thing, right? like you can be 'in love' with someone over years, but you aren't like, high as a kite the whole time
oh yeah you are probably right about that :( @humairaa how can I get the disney princess drug/turn into a disney princess?