Heartbreak Is Now a Real Medical Diagnosis

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Whether provoked by a short-lived romance or a devastating break-up, a broken heart stings. Lingering effects prompt many to curl up into a ball and “will” the bad memories away. Not a great plan, suggests science.

The latest video from ASAPScience suggests that “heartbreak” is more than just an amorphous feeling. It’s an ailment — and treatable. Both physical and emotional pain triggers response from the Anterior Cingulate Cortex. A feeling of dread or intense sadness can throw a person’s chemical balance out of whack.

To recover from heartbreak, one must level out the proportions of Coritsol and Norepinephrine flowing through the body. Based on years of studies with primate social interaction and its physical effects, ASAPScience presents a perscription. Check it out in the video below.

Matt Patches is a writer and reporter living in New York City. His work has been featured on New York Magazine’s Vulture,,, MTV, and he is the host of the pop culture podcast Operation Kino. He continues to love Groundhog Day.