- The Puzzle and Mystery of Hope on the Other Side of BPD
- Inside The Borderline Mind
- The Shame of Abandonment In BPD
- Breaking Free of The Borderline Maze - Recovery For Nons
- Facing the Facts of BPD - On The Other Side For Nons
- Overcoming Denial About BPD and Love
"Brain biochemistry doesn't just underpin our mental activity; our mental activity and thinking process can also affect the biochemistry," says Professor Torkel Klingberg, who led the study. "This hasn't been demonstrated in humans before, and opens up a floodgate of fascinating questions."
Source: Science Daily
I often receive emails from people diagnosed with BPD who think that what they've heard about BPD and the brain means that it will take some "magical pill" to "cure" BPD. Many who have emailed me also feel there is no reason to then work hard in therapy and take a self-directed and determined approach to the process and work of therapy.
- The Shame of Abandonment in BPD
- From False Self To Authentic Self In BPD - Getting In Touch With Your Inner Child
- BPD and Abandonment
- Finding Hope From the Polarized Reality of BPD
- Preparing For Recovery From BPD
- Emotion Dysregulation in BPD
- Rage Addiction in Borderline Personality Disorder
There is a danger that some with BPD may start to believe that "my brain made me do it" or "my brain made me feel this" or "my brain made me say that" in what are not accurate beliefs, number one. And number two, in what are responsibility shirking victim stance mindsets that will only continue to keep borderlines stuck in the active throes of BPD.
It is also important for those with BPD to know that all of the information coming out from study after study these days, none of it proven or totally understood or directly related to any proven conclusion, does not mean that you cannot recover. This information does not mean that your brain is controlling you and that you can't help it and therefore aren't responsible for it. To think this way is to directly cause yourself to stay stuck in the pain and suffering of BPD.
There isn't and won't be any magical-cure-all pill. Each person with Borderline Personality Disorder still needs to take personal responsibility for getting into therapy, making a committment to do the work, stick with it, and to trust the process.
Let the awareness that you have choices to make be your guide. Your brain is not making choices for you. It's a part of it but it's not some automatic machine totally independent of what you think. Learn what it means that so much of what others refer to as your borderline behaviour has all to do with choices that you are making - often subconsciously.
Consciously or subconsiously - choices that are choices nonetheless.
Choices that are often limited to negative patterned ways of thinking distorted thoughts because those with BPD tend to experience what they feel as being real - often skipping being aware of what they are actually thinking. It is those thoughts that you are thinking, if you have BPD, that are producing the feelings that you are reacting to and acting on, often impulsively, that really fuel borderline behaviour and in fact, borderline pain and suffering.
So much of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialiectical Skills Training (DBT) therapy and other forms of therapy have at their core teaching the person with Borderline Personality Disorder how to be more aware of what they are thinking and how thoughts effect feelings to put it simply.
There is hope for change and recovery in and from Borderline Personality Disorder even when things are talked about by professionals in terms of having something to do with brain chemistry. It is important with all the latest breaking studies to keep in mind the awareness that BPD can be recovered from.
© A.J. Mahari, February 12, 2009 - All rights reserved (except for the quoted material noted above)
A.J. Mahari, who has been recovered from BPD for 14 years now, is a Life Coach who, among other things, specializes in working with those with Asperger's Syndrome and their partners, relatives, or friends. A.J. has 6 years experience as a Life Coach and works with clients from all over the world.