No, because those same damaged structures can also undergo healing. “Neuroplasticisty” is the term used to describe the brains innate ability to change via the environment. Meditation, mindfulness, body-focused therapies like yoga and tai chi, and finally psychotherapy which has an element of behavioural modification such as DBT, not only improve psychological well-being but also heal damaged structures of the brain (as seen in MRIs). You’ll always have an underlying vulnerability to intense emotions, but with skills-training and a calm, safe environment life can get much better – psychologically, and biologically.

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