When you're attracted to someone—sitting across from you at the bar, on the street, laying in bed together—there is a stimulation in your nervous system's sympathetic branch, which causes your eyes to dilate, says Dr. (Go ahead, you can test it with your partner—it's fun!
Kat Van Kirk, Ph D, a clinical sexologist and licensed marriage and family therapist, says these chemicals are released throughout different points of attraction, and help bond you with your partner.Like drugs, the more time you spend with this person, the more addicted you become, she says.Symptoms often mimic those of a heart attack and include shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, and chest pain.While broken heart syndrome can cause permanent damage to the heart and, in rare cases, even death, the good news is that most cases are treatable and can be fully resolved within a few weeks.When we're separated from our partner for brief or extended periods of time, we respond like a drug addict who is coming off of their addiction, says Serena Goldstein, a naturopathic doctor in New York City.
"Corticotrophin releasing factor is increased as part of a stress response when we are away from our partner, contributing to anxiety and depression," she says.
Butterflies in your stomach, a racing heartbeat—you probably remember those symptoms well from your first middle school crush.
As an adult, they're actually your body's subtle clues that you're falling in love (or lust, at least).
That's your body's way of telling you that you really like that person.
"Lovesickness may actually be the stress hormone cortisol contracting the blood vessels in your stomach, making you feel sick," Dr. This usually fades over time as you become more comfortable with your boyfriend or girlfriend—but could also partially explain why many brides and grooms feel like they can't eat at their wedding.
Those couples who are in long distance relationships learn to cope with this feeling, often through developing attachments to their partner's voice as a way to stay connected to him or her.