Today being St Valentine’s Day, I thought I would turn to the theme of the relationship of madness to love. I used wikipedia to come up with the disorders listed below. Having said this, I encourage people to express their own opinions on the subject, and not to leave the final word to wikipedia.
Hypersexuality is the elevated desire to engage in human sexual behavior at a level high enough to be considered problematic and clinically significant.
Love sickness is a non-medical term used to describe mental and physical symptoms associated with falling in love.
Historically, love sickness has been viewed as a short-lived mental illness brought on by the intense changes associated with love. Universally acknowledged polymath Avicenna, a Persian, viewed obsession as the principal symptom and cause of love sickness.
Obsessive love is a form of love where one person is emotionally obsessed with another.
Love addiction is a human behavior in which people become addicted to the feeling of love. Love addicts can take on many different behaviors. Love addiction strikes quite commonly in the modern world, however most love addicts do not realize they are addicted to love at all. Love addiction can be treated with many different recovery techniques and ways, most of which are similar to recovery from other addictions such as sex addiction, and alcoholism, through group meetings and support groups.
I prefer to ignore psychiatry’s attempts to translate behavior into pathology. The sin of most concern to the behavioral order and other psychiatric sects is apparently that of the diagnosable condition. I imagine that if it gives a person pleasure, displeasure, or no pleasure, psychiatry will find a drug to treat it. When the doctors office is right in front of you, my advice for you is to go in any other direction.
There are good things to be said about what some would call pathological love. If only fools fall in love, then such folly must represent a route towards eventual wisdom. There are those, I would hope, who have learned to soar to love after previously having fallen in it. If we learn by trial and error, corrections of errors come out of those trials. Some people, after all, do learn from their mistakes.
If they don’t learn, well, maybe they had a lot of fun making them.