Although it is clear from the research results that the brain treats rejection like physical pain, it doesn’t mean the brain processes emotional pain and physical pain identically.
The chain of reaction and cascade events are more or less the same. The brain releases mu-opioid both during physical and emotional injury.
“This is the first study to peer into the human brain to show that the opioid system is activated during social rejection,” Dr. Hsu said.
This wonderful research is a way to further investigate depression, anxiety, and if opioids could be an effective treatment option for people.
Thus, new opioids could be developed in the future to help people experiencing mental and social distress.
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