Friday, March 19, 2010

Women and Heartbreak


Based on a research, women get more than just a badly broken heart whenever their romantic involvements come to a close. The transformation the experience generates takes place not only mentally, but physically as well as shown in the MRI scans of 11 female subjects who were then still grieving their recently concluded relationships. This finding, as featured in the detailed reports of Arif Najib, MD (head researcher of the University of Tubingen Medical Center in Germany) featured in the American Journal of Psychiatry clarified the distinctive thread linking typical sadness, grief, and depression.

Accordingly, women who have had difficulty getting over their romantic losses have higher risks of depression. In the study, however, despite the the trouble of overcoming the loss in their minds, majority of the subjects have managed to address their depressive tendencies. The resulting report showed that those who have the most considerable brain changes were not able to get over their grief. As their brain activity increases in areas where sadness is involved, the activity in the amygdala—those parts where attention, emotion, and motivation are concerned—decreases. Accordingly, this occurrence also happens when a person is suffering from anxiety disorders or PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder).

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Written By Maris Modesto

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