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Madly in Love

Have you ever been in love? Then you might be a little crazy according to scientists.

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Researchers have found that when you're in love, your brain is flooded with different chemicals.

Have you ever been in love? Then you might be a little crazy according to scientists.

Researchers have found that when you’re in love, your brain is flooded with different chemicals, including dopamine. In the right amount, dopamine can make you behave recklessly and become manic and obsessive.

After all, where do you think the phrase “madly in love” comes from? People in love have been known to do things and act in ways that in another context we’d recognize as signs of mental illness.

Well maybe it’s not exactly like being mentally ill. Over time, dopamine levels return to normal, or the brain gets used to the extra dopamine and no longer causes you to feel those same giddy, manic sensations.

Intially feelings of love don’t last, or atleast not in the same form. After that initial dopamine buzz, over time other chemicals can take over. The hormone oxytocin, for example, is known to encourage feelings of warmth and bonding between people.

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