Brain Produces Painkillers to Help Ease Social Pain, Study Finds

October 16, 2013

The brain releases painkillers to help cope with social rejection, scientists have discovered.

The team found the body's opiod system can act to ease emotional pain, as well as physical pain, suggesting that the hurt we feel when snubbed isn't all "in our heads" as it provokes a chemical reaction.

The findings could pave the way for the development of new medications to treat depression and other social anxiety traits.