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.

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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.

 

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