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"Borderline Personality And Addictions"

Find Out Why BPD Predisposes Toward Addictions And What You Can Do To Eliminate Them

By Michael Weisz

 

Some of the behaviors and habits associated with borderline personality are toxic, some are not toxic, yet all are highly addictive for the simple reason that they provide an almost instant alleviation of the pain, numb emotions, and induce states of pleasure and euphoria.

The most common addictions are represented by abuses of a large variety of substances, from alcohol, continuing with narcotics, and ending with psychotropic drugs like antidepressants, anxiolytics, or tranquilizers.

The second category of addictions is represented by behaviors that are not toxic, but are equally addictive because of their quick and artificial calming effects. Such compulsive behaviors are represented by hypersexuality, shopping, reckless driving, and eating. All these activities are associated with intense pleasure and relaxation since the brain produces powerful pleasure hormones like the endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine.

The third and last category of addictive behaviors is represented by the self-harming activities like cutting, pinching, skin squeezing, or self-hitting. Unlike for emotional pain, in physical pain the brain produces large quantities of pain killing hormones, the same ones mentioned above.

The brain will want more of the pain killing substances by associating pleasure with the activities that trigger the hormones to be released.

For instance if the pleasure was induced by alcohol, the addicted brain will crave for shots.

If the pleasure was induced by food, craving of sweets or other foods will come up.

If the pleasure was induced by self-cutting, the brain will look for anything sharp at hand.

If you recognize yourself in one of these scenarios the first thing you need to do is to decrease gradually the intensity and the frequency of these behaviors. Gradual weaning allows the brain to adjust to the new "doses" and the lower frequency of the activities.

At the same time you will want to start implementing new and healthy self-calming activities and strategies.

Like relaxation exercises. Closing your eyes and taking deep and very slow breaths is a simple, fast, and efficient self-calming strategy. After just one minute, your distress, anxiety, or tension should decrease to a level where you should be able to at least go on with your daily activities.

Intense physical exercise is another excellent self-soothing strategy. It works so well because during intense physical exercises the brain produces large amounts of pain killers and pleasure hormones, and their effects are remaining for up to 30 hours. Additionally you'll also ameliorate your self-confidence.

For instance 20 minutes of jogging will ensure your mental and emotional well being for the next two to three days.

Walking, taking warm baths, or pleasant activities and hobbies are other great ways to preserve your mental and emotional well being.

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