Personality And Addictions"
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
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
For instance if the pleasure was induced by
alcohol, the addicted brain will crave for
the pleasure was induced by food, craving of
sweets or other foods will come up.
the pleasure was induced by self-cutting,
the brain will look for anything sharp at
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
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
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
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
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