Everyone remembers their first love. It is one of the more exciting and inspiring experiences most adolescents go through. Many child and adolescent psychiatrists have studied the lasting effects of first love. Two of these are explained below:
Love is a drug: Medical data shows that the areas of the brain that are stimulated during a love affair are the same areas among drug addicts. The most recent study had people look at their partner while attached to a machine that measured their brain activity. People were shown pictures of their partner recorded increased activity in the brain area responsible for happiness and addiction. This is why it becomes hard for first-time couples to stay away from each other. It is quite simply, a bodily reaction to intense pleasure.
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Love inspires: That said, love also affects areas of the brain associated with creativity. This can explain why many people in love often report feeling inspired. Work becomes easier, and more creative activities are done. This is particularly seen among couples with their first loves. The body is experiencing all these changes for the first time. It is usual for the brain to overcompensate and produce more hormones related to happiness and creativity. This is another reason first loves are described as incredibly intense.
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Falling in love is indeed a milestone in any person’s life. Anyone who has experienced it say that there is nothing comparable to finding someone who shares mutual feelings. Nevertheless, the power of the first love creates the basis for all other love affairs.
Dr. Jonathan Lauter is child and adolescent psychiatrist. For similar discussions, visit this Facebook page.