Lovesickness may lead to suicide

The concept of lovesickness might be more than just a flighty poetic notion, as it can burden the afflicted with genuine mental trauma, a British psychological study warned on Sunday.

For many centuries, the manias, depressions and obsessions associated with romantic love were considered a genuine state of mind rather than an affectation, clinical psychologist and author Dr Frank Tallis said.

However, in the past two centuries lovesickness had fallen out of favour as a proper diagnosis, Tallis said in a report for The Psychologist magazine, the official publication of the British Psychological Society, says Independent Online.

Tearfulness, insomnia, loss of concentration – if these symptoms sound familiar chances are you could be diagnosed with lovesickness.

In the most serious cases the "disease" can also prove fatal, according to some experts.

While the words "You make me sick" may not seem the most romantic Valentine’s card message the world has ever seen, psychologists believe it may be more apt than people think, informs Scotsman.

According to the ABC News, symptoms of lovesickness can include &to=http://' target=_blank>mania, such as elevated moods and inflated self-esteem, depression, or obsessive compulsive disorder, such as repeatedly checking for emails.

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