Many may argue that the suggestion of taking a deep breath when in distress is not very useful. However, according to Milton Brown, Ph.D., the power of slower breathing might be much stronger than we think.
Dr. Brown shows, in his paper attached here, how an individual’s heart rate variability (a function of emotional distress) is linked to a vulnerability for emotion dysregulation. By slowing one’s breathing rate, heart rate is affected. It is a fascinating finding that could not only add a skill to the coping toolbox, but lead to further research and findings surrounding BPD and other related disorders.
A recorded call-in session with Dr. Brown from January 27th, 2013 can be found on our NEABPD website under “Audio/Video” –> “Call-in Series Archive” or by clicking here.