The limbic system is a collection of brain structures including the amygdala and the hippocampus.
It is the emotional center of the brain and controls mood and behavior. Evolutionarily one of the oldest parts of the brain, you can imagine a caveman and how important functions like survival instincts, the fight-or-flight response to predators or danger, memory, and a reward system for learning behavior would be to staying alive in a primitive environment.
The limbic system uses an intricate highway of electrochemical messages to perform these functions as it communicates with and produces responses from the rest of the body.
Amygdala and Hippocampus
The amygdala and hippocampus have been shown in brain scans to function differently in people with a Borderline Personality diagnosis. These brain structures are related to memory recall and learning, attention, response mechanisms, emotional functioning, and the evaluation of social information like interpreting emotions from other people’s faces.
Connected with the functioning of the limbic system is the activity of the prefrontal cortex, also shown to function differently in those with BPD. Linked to personality, planning, decision-making, short-term memory, and restraint of behavior while in an emotional state, disruptions in the prefrontal cortex correspond with symptoms like impulsivity and self-destructive behaviors.
In other words, malfunctioning brain structures can result in a variety of emotional and behavioral struggles. Medication and therapy can make a huge difference in correcting some of these malfunctions. But there is little to be gained from medication or therapy alone when there is a lifetime of negative habits to relearn. True life change will require strengthening of brain connections involved in healthy behaviors and responses, and weakening of those brain connections that have been causing distress: a true rewiring of your emotional and behavioral system
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