Medicine: Lovesickness

Is it for real? Can it be cured?

Mary falls in love regularly, breaks up regularly and then takes to bed in deep depression, pulling the covers over her head and eating chocolates for several days. She has twice tried suicide. Mary's problem: she is extremely sensitive to rejection and lashes out at lovers for the smallest slight. That may not strike many doctors as a specific medical ailment. But Manhattan Psychiatrist Donald Klein diagnoses Mary's condition as a typical case of hysteroid dysphoria, a.k.a. "lovesickness." What's more, Klein thinks he has a cure.

Hysteroid dysphoria (literally meaning "hysteria-like discomfort") was considered last...

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