Parting Really Is Such Sweet Sorrow: New Study Suggests Breakups Really Does Cause Pain

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - 2:23pm

For those whom have always gone into a deep depression after a romantic breakup and were told to stop being melodramatic— a new study suggests breakups really do cause pain.

New research by the University of Michigan suggests that regions of the brain that respond to physical pain overlap those that are activated when a person is rejected by others. The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Researchers studied 40 people who had just gone through a bad break-up with a romantic partner. Functional MRI brain scans revealed such emotional stress really can lead to physical pain.

Researchers hope this study will lead to new ways of treating people who are very sensitive to rejection and loss.   

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