They don't call it lovesickness for nothing.Experts report that falling in love can actually make you,well,sick.Details...

Yes,being in a relationship is good for your health and happiness,but did you know that the process of falling in love is actually kind of hard on your body?

Rae Padilla Francoeur,the author ofFree Fall: A Late-in-Life Love Affair,says falling in love took a huge toll on her body.AsMSNBCreports,she became lightheaded,lost weight,couldn't sleep for days,had butterflies and a quickened heart rate and couldn't concentrate or eat."I was happier than ever emotionally,even though I couldn't eat and felt shaky all the time," says Francoeur who also ended up with a year's prescription for a prophylactic antibiotic for chronic urinary tract infections.

Experts,who weighed in on this topic,say that falling in love produces a chemical cocktail of neurotransmitters (phenethylamine,dopamine,norepinephrine and oxytocin) that help us bond with our new love.Interestingly,says Ethlie Ann Vare,author ofLove Addict: Sex,Romance,and Other Dangerous Drugs,new love has the same affect on the brain as,well,smoking crack.

Side effects include nausea,sleeplessness,nervousness,weight loss,dizziness and many others.Yup,lovesickness!


Have you ever had a true case of love sickness?I totally have.:)__

P.S.6 love talksthat can bring you closer.And,whathis spending habitsmay tell you about where his heart's at...

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