Liebe, amor, love

Liebe, amor, love

“Love is indescribable. There is no definition for the term,” sophomore Hannah Rodriguez said.

Think of yourself being in love.

What are some of the symptoms you felt?

“Many will experience different psychological symptoms throughout a relationship such as love, happiness, depression, anger, guilt, jealousy, joy, etc.  People usually go through a roller coaster of emotions and psychological symptoms during a ‘love’ relationship,” psychology teacher Susan Hoereth said.

We all know that love can cause emotional turmoil, but there are many physical effects on your body as well, such as sweaty palms, increased heart rate, dilated pupils or just the nervous butterflies in your stomach.

What causes all this to happen though is complex, but it all stems from the beautiful thing in our skull we like to call our brain.

When we are happy our brain releases the hormone Dopamine, which is also known as the “pleasure chemical.” Norepinephrine, which is also released, kind of acts like adrenaline because it produces excitement and fast heart beats.

According to, anthropologist Helen Fisher said “together these two chemicals produce elation, intense energy, sleeplessness, craving, loss of appetite and focused attention.”

When we are in love our Serotonin levels (feeling of well-being) are increased, which helps depression. The Hypothalamus creates the hormone Oxytocin, which some is released into the bloodstream, but most of it resides in the brain. Oxytocin, also known as the cuddle hormone, helps people bond.

Now why does love hurt? The feeling of love in our brain is like doing cocaine. It activates a feel good part of the brain, and gives you a euphoric “high.”

“Love is that feeling you get inside every time you see that one person. You cannot help but smile. No matter how far apart you are or how many challenges will come your way, the love never fades. I believe there’s only one person that you can truly be in love with,” junior Litzy Barahona said.

So, be prepared to fall completely in love with that one person, whether it is now or later, and endure all of the wonderful and complex feeling that come along with it.