For humans, love is a psychological need. But sometimes, needs can surpass a healthy level. Love addiction is when the need for love is taken to the extreme. Love addiction is a serious mental disorder and it can seriously affect the integral wellness.

Love Addiction: a Mental Disorder to Explain.
Love Addiction: a Mental Disorder to Explain.
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Love is more than just a feeling; it’s a combination of psychological and physiological needs. When we love, there are physical, psychological, and emotional responses because love is teamwork. When we talk about love as a need, we mean there are intrinsic aspects that motivate us to search for it.

It is fair to say that everything we do results from a need. Humans act for motivation, and motivation is the intrinsical mechanism to achieve the satisfaction of a need. In love, there is a psychological motivation of belonging to someone. 

Love is complex because it involves the neurotransmitter known as dopamine, which is linked to addiction. We can become addicted to the effects dopamine has, which means love can also become an addiction.

Dopamine and Love Addiction

Dopamine and Love Addiction: Explaining a Mental Disorder.
Dopamine and Love Addiction: Explaining a Mental Disorder.
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Dopamine is how our bodies reward us. In love, dopamine handles our pleasure sensation, and that is why finding love and being loved feels so good. But what happens when we want that sensation constantly? Well, that is the start of a love addiction.

Love addiction has specific signs. Like any other addiction, there is an object that is desired in love addiction: having someone else. That is why a person with love addiction craves an emotional and physical union based on dependence.

Love Addiction as a Mental Disorder

Love Addiction as a Mental Disorder.
Love Addiction as a Mental Disorder.
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A mental disorder is a pattern of behavior characterized by an abnormal and pervasive interest towards love. Love addiction is a mental disorder like any other addiction. In love addiction, the person lacks control, and it is distinguished from other disorders because the object of the addiction is romantic love.

As a mental disorder, love addiction has serious negative consequences because it incorporates other behavioral disorders. Love addicts also show signs of an impulse-control disorder, which means they have impulsive responses to stimuli. There is also the presence of a mood disorder due to the many mood swings a love-addicted person experiences. Obsessive-compulsive disorder can also be seen in love addiction thanks to the repetitive and intrusive thoughts an addicted person can have.

Explaining love addiction has a mental disorder.
Explaining love addiction has a mental disorder.
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Love is one of the most important things in our lives, but love addiction is a disorder that can develop if love is taken to the extreme. This mental disorder causes a lot of suffering to ourselves and our loved ones. Because of love addiction, our wellness can be affected, and we can even lose our jobs or hurt someone else.

Being aware and recognizing the signs can help. Have you ever, or do you know anyone who’s experienced love addiction? Tell us about it in the comments below. And be sure to stop back in for all your love and romance needs!