The December 2016 death of actress Carrie Fisher, followed a day later by her mother, the iconic Debbie Reynolds, became a tragic Hollywood example of the maternal bereavement effect. A 2013 study found that a mother's mortality rate increases dramatically after the loss of a child.
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Someone looking at a photo of their ex and re-living that feeling of rejection had similar patterns of brain activity to someone touching a hot probe.
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The brain activity and surge of dopamine you experience when in love are similar to the ones you experience when hooked on nicotine or cocaine. 01:05
The brain reacts to rejection and heartbreak in some of the same ways as it does to physical pain. 02:26
Your chances of having a heart attack increase by 6 times during the first week of bereavement. 03:54
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