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It can keep victims of abuse “stuck” in abusive relationships, and if a love addict does manage to extricate him/herself from the relationship or is left by their partner, (s)he will often have trouble “letting go” and/or will immediately seek out another relationship to replace the one recently lost.
Love addiction causes a person to continue “using” and “craving” even though the substance (person/relationship) to which they are addicted is unavailable, causes them pain or is abusive, the relationship is hurting others, and causing the “addict” to neglect his/her own health, family, and other parts of life.
With the average age for a child to get their first phone now just 10, young people are becoming more and more reliant on their smartphones.
And a worrying new study suggests that this dependence on the technology could even be affecting some teens' brains.
Participants also completed tests to measure the severity of their addiction.
The results showed that the addicted teenagers had significantly higher scores in depression, anxiety, insomnia severity and impulsivity than the controls.
A quarter of respondents even went so far as to say that they'd choose Wi-Fi over a bath or shower, and 19 per cent said they'd choose Wi-Fi over human contact.
The brain scans also showed the levels of gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA), a chemical that slows down brain signals, and glutamate-glutamine (Glx), a chemical that causes brain cells to become more electrically excited, in each participant's brain.
Previous studies have found GABA to be involved in vision and motor control and the regulation of various brain functions, including anxiety.
The person focuses all of his/her attention and energy on the “love object”.
Even when the person knows intellectually that the obsession is causing harm, even thinking about breaking up the relationship will bring on an anxiety attack.