Is LOVE an ILLNESS??
Love is most happening thing and its bug is biting almost everybody, irrespective of age, sex and race. There are many kinds of love; sexual, parental, filial, fraternal as well as love for group, institution and country. It is the basic need of the mankind.
The source of inspiration for ninety percent of literature written in this universe is this magic thing. It is said that love is foolishness of an intelligent person and intelligence of foolish ones. One may consider any of its character or feature, but it is otherwise a wonderful experience. Scientists all over the world are busy finding the reason that why a person fall in love. Some consider love as a bio-chemical reaction happening in the cells of our body and other finds it an electrical stimulation generated in our body. It is also considered a drug and lovers, drug addicts. Actually none of the above descriptions are wrong. It is not an immediate reaction but is a process with multiple chain reactions going on in our body.
Infatuation is the first stage, the stage of attraction. There can be many reasons for it like physical attraction, unmet childhood wish or desire for mating. In this stage, person in love experiences happiness, excitement and sexual stimulations. Sleeplessness, decrease in the appetite, nausea and state of mind in which thoughts concentrate for one aim also adds to it. The cause for these symptoms is in no way emotional or spiritual, rather it is a chemical reaction. Brain scan of the lovers shows that when they are stimulated, the part of brain which secrets neurotransmitters like dopamine and nor-epinephrine gets stimulated. Increase in the levels of these neurotransmitters results in excitement, feeling of pleasure and other symptoms. Intake of cocaine, a drug also results in similar kind of symptoms as it also stimulates dopamine secretions. So it can be conveniently said that love is also a drug as addictive as cocaine. The reward pathways of neurons get stimulated by the dopamine and always want more of it to get the same ‘Kick’.
Stage two in love is stage of obsession. In this stage, the person has pervasive pattern of preoccupation with the thoughts of his or her lovers. This stage is lot similar to a personality disorder known as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Sufferer of this disease condition is also pre-occupied with rules, regulations, orderliness, neatness and achievement of perfection. It is an established fact that in the conditions, carrier proteins for seratonine, another neurotransmitter, decreases to half of its required levels. So, there are facts to prove that love is a kind of behavioral disorder too.
One may consider love to be an illness or a drug, but it remains the most wonderful experience one can ever have.