The Importance of Touch

Bipolar Borderline

I think I’ve talked about it before… But we’re going to talk about it again.

There is one thing that keeps the panic at bay, without having to take medication. It’s actually really nice.

When I’m with someone I trust, or someone that I know cares for me, and I feel the panic attack coming on, I have them touch me. It sounds funny. But, having someone hug me, deeply, or squeeze my hand — hard enough to feel my pulse, but not hard enough to hurt; it grounds me. It feels like it’s easing the building pressure in my chest.

When a person hugs you, the brain releases oxytocin. It’s produced in the hypothalamus and released by the pituitary gland. It’s often dubbed the “love hormone”. It promotes relaxation as well as other things.

Hugging actually has several health benefits. It lowers blood pressure. Hugging can also increase serotonin…

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