The Love Trauma Syndrome: Free Yourself from the Pain of a Broken Heart

The Love Trauma Syndrome: Free Yourself from the Pain of a Broken Heart

The Love Trauma Syndrome: Free Yourself from the Pain of a Broken Heart

The Love Trauma Syndrome: Free Yourself from the Pain of a Broken Heart


The Love Trauma Syndrome fills the need for patients feeling isolated, ashamed, or alone in their anguish. Dr. Rosse, a psychiatrist with expertise in the area of emotional breakdown, provides a concrete path to help people understand this condition and guide them to what they can do to break this cycle of misery.

He explains that Love Trauma Syndrome is a clinical disorder of "too much memory" in which the past intrudes upon the present to influence thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. The Syndrome can also be associated with a variety of other behavioral problems: the avoidance of future loving relationships, nervousness, feeling "unreal" or out of place, anger, and sleep disturbances. Unfortunately, many mental health professionals and counselors fail to detect the importance of love trauma issues during patient assessment and treatment.

The Love Trauma Syndrome is the ideal resource for anyone hurt by love -- male or female, young or old, gay or straight -- to understand what to do to escape the bleak prison of misery.


I have spent much of my academic and professional life studying the effects of stress and trauma on the mammalian brain. The more severe the stress, the more an animal is overwhelmed and unable to "cope," or adapt. An emotional trauma is a type of severe stress that causes serious and long-lasting, unwanted emotional changes. When stress severity reaches the level of being a trauma, brain changes occur that are persistent (if not permanent). For instance, the structure, activity, and distribution of brain neurotransmitter receptors are altered by trauma events. Associated with these brain alterations are corresponding behavioral changes (e.g., increased arousal and vigilance for future threats).

Research has shown that there are differences in the way different animals of the same species respond to the same stress. Whereas some animals respond to a particular stress with evidence of profound neurophysiological and behavioral alteration, other animals of the same species might demonstrate trivial changes. Because of the wide range of genetic variation that exists in nature for a given population, and the probable large number of genes involved in conferring trauma "resistance" versus vulnerability, there is a wide spectrum of responses to a trauma. How a particular animal, or person, will respond to a trauma is not only dependent on the genes they happened to inherit from their parents, but also on the environmental support and protection they received during their early life experience. So an animal's responses to similar stresses is a function of both complex genetic and environmental influences (e.g., a nurturing versus harsh upbringing).

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