10 November 2016
Researchers have looked at what goes on in the brain,
and for lovers and addicts it’s exactly the same.
Those who are newly in love
experience joy in their minds from a dopamine flood.
And it’s this same pattern that goes on in the brain
as that which occurs when you’re hooked on cocaine.
So in the first throes of passion you’re literally addicted to love,
and that's probably why those feelings all hurt so much.
From Can you die of a broken heart? on BBC iWonder. Submitted by Ben Mellor.