GAINESVILLE, Fla. - New University of Florida research shows that acetaminophen seems to relieve social pain from hurt feelings. In a pair of related studies researchers found that people who took acetaminophen daily for three weeks reported less emotional suffering over time. They also showed less activity in regions of the brain that respond to social rejection than those who took a placebo.
"We believe that this shows at least some evidence that the physical and social or emotional pain systems are inherently linked and that it might be possible to treat,' University of Florida researcher Gregory Webster said. "Maybe, some day to day kind of insult or social pain simply by taking an over-the-counter medication."
Many people have experienced physical pain as the result of a deep emotional wound. Research suggests treating the physical pain system may have the side effect of making you feel better emotionally too. Experts say that just confirms a deep link between mind and body.
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