Breaking Up Is Hard To Do: Ending Relationships Takes Physical Toll
The Doctors explore the medical hardships associated with ending a relationship and how a break up can affect your physical health. “Love is like an addiction,” Travis Stork, M.D., said. And that addiction can lead to physical ailments, not just emotional. When you break up with a partner, the body releases different signs during each stage of the break up. When you simply see a photograph of your new ex, areas of the brain associated with physical pain are activated, causing it to take a toll on your health. Similarly, when you were in the relationship, certain areas of your brain were engaged due to your involvement with that person, but now that you have broken up, you cannot fill those areas. When you cannot fill that void, you will look elsewhere to do so, sometimes leading to alcohol and drug abuse. After a break up, you will be in a state of constant reminders. Central areas of your brain will be activated, and you will subconsciously remind yourself of your split, causing pain. And the only solution to that pain is to see that person. This can lead to other negative behaviors, such as stalking, to take the pain away.
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do: A Broken Heart Can Be Fatal
Ending a relationship can have outward physical consequences, like acne breakouts and hair loss, but can actually end your life. Travis said that people have died from the stress placed on the heart after a break up, commonly known as “Broken Heart Syndrome.” However, this is rare because time heals all wounds. Travis said that after some time, the prefrontal cortex of your brain will activate, the cortex of your brain releases and you can be happy again. “It’s a process,” Travis said. “You can’t deny yourself the stages.” By knowing that you will eventually get through it, you can avoid the long-lasting bad effects, such as stalking and drugs