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What is the difference between bipolar type 2 vs borderline personality disorder?

What is the difference between bipolar type 2 vs borderline personality disorder?

Mood swing duration: The two conditions have a lot of overlap although the more important distinctions are that bipolar disorder type two would imply that the patient will have changes in mood that would last weeks including either hypomania or depressed mood as opposed to changes in mood in the same day. Additionally, patients with borderline personality disorder are excessively reactive to closeness or abandonment. ...Read more

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Personality Disorder (Definition)

According to the dsm IV tr, a personality disorder is: an enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates markedly from the expectations of the individual's culture, is pervasive and inflexible, has an onset in adolescence or early adulthood, is stable over time, and leads ...Read more


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I was just recently diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. I also have bipolar ptsd OCD and add.what am i to do i have two docs but im scared?

I was just recently diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. I also have bipolar ptsd OCD and add.what am i to do i have two docs but im scared?

Fear not! - try CBT: From your query, it is clear that you are often very distressed and both you and those close to you suffer. It's not the # of docs, but your work-relshp w/ them that will help. Personality Dxs are NOT an additional 'illness' - merely a description. In fact, this must be said of other psych Dxs to a degree. Rather than labels, work to manage behavior/feelings/thoughts thru CBT skills. Best! ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between borderline personality disorder & bipolar type 2?

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I want to know what is the difference between borderline personality disorder & bipolar type 2?

Bipolar/Borderline: Bipolar is mood disorder. Borderline is a personality do. The two can coexist in the same individual. ...Read more

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Borderline personality disorder and bipolar; are they the same thing?

Borderline personality disorder and bipolar; are they the same thing?

They may look alike: Bpd is a b cluster personality disorder (dramatic, emotional or erratic) & includes marked impulsivity & instability of - mood, interpersonal relationships, & self image. It can be very dangerous as fluctuations of feelings are extreme & intense. Bipolar is a mood disorder & doesn't require the instability - but it's likely to be there. Both are painful & hard to treat successfully - but worth it. ...Read more

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How are bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder different?

How are bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder different?

Bipolar vs Borderlin: Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder consisting of both depressive episodes and manic or hypomanic ones. People with bipolar disorder often have normal personalities between episodes of illness. Borderline pd is a pervasive and continuous (not episodic) personality pattern with volatile relationships, extreme anger, fear of abandonment, self-injury, identity diffusion, impulsiveness, etc. ...Read more

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Whats the diffrence between bipolar and borderline personality disorder?

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Bipolar: Bipolar is manic depression. Borderline is personality disorder. Both can have mood shifts, depression phases, rage episodes & self-harm, but borderlline features are more pervasive, persistent, rapid cycling and resistant. ...Read more

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What's the difference between bipolar and borderline personality disorder?

What's the difference between bipolar and borderline personality disorder?

Very different: Borderline pd is a personality disorder -- meaning there are fixed behavior patterns that don't change with circumstances, causing significant problems in relationships, work, and school, etc. Bipolar d/o is a mood disorder, and the person could behave normally when not in an episode. Borderline pd may have rapid mood shifts and extreme rage, usually in relation to abandonment issues. ...Read more

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Is it possible to recognize bipolar versus borderline personality disorder?

Is it possible to recognize bipolar versus borderline personality disorder?

Borderline: Intense fear of abandonment, being manipulative, impulsivity, a tendency to think of people and things in all good or all bad terms, self mutilating behaviors, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual impulsivity, a profoundly disturb sense of self, and extreme emotional volatility. Bipolar disorder is characterized by extreme mood swings from deep depression to the stratosphere of mania. ...Read more

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Might somebody have both bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder?

Yes: Axis i disorders (bipolar) and axis ii (personality disorders) are often comorbid. Axis i disorders are major, severe and persisting disorders. Personality disorders are the underlying strengths and weaknesses of character that can often shape the axis i disorder. ...Read more

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What's the difference between bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder?

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What's the difference between bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder?

Bipolar: Bipolar is manic depression. Borderline is personality disorder. Both can have mood shifts, depression phases, rage episodes & self-harm, but borderline features are more pervasive, persistent, rapid cycling and resistant. ...Read more

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What are the differences between bipolar disorder & borderline personality disorder?

What are the differences between bipolar disorder & borderline personality disorder?

Mood vs relationship: Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder, characterized by the patient vacillating between mania and depression. Borderline personality disorder is, as implied a personality disorder and NOT a mood disorder. Borderline PD is characterized by profound fear of abandonment, disturbed sense of self, impulsivity, extreme emotional reactivity, self mutilating behaviors, and idealization/devaluation. ...Read more

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What are the differences between bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder?

Differences: Bipolar disorder is not a personality disorder. It is a mental illness characterized by cycles of mania and depression and is treated with medication. Borderline pd tend to have extreme reactions to things, fear of abandonment, distorted self-image, frequent suicidal thoughts or threats, they may cut on themself to relieve emotional pain. Dialectical behavioral therapy can be helpful. ...Read more

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What is the difference between the symptoms of bipolar or borderline personality disorder?

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What is the difference between the symptoms of bipolar or borderline personality disorder?

Bipolar/Borderline: Bipolar is mood disorder. Borderline is a personality do. The two can coexist in the same individual. ...Read more

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What is the difference between having bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder?

What is the difference between having bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder?

Different Focus: Bipolar disoder and bpd share some common characteristics, primarily problems with unpredictable mood swings. However, bpd is primarily a problem in terms of how a person views relationships and his/her own place in the world. Bipolar disorder is primarily a problem with the mood. This can cause relationship problems, but the focus in on the mood related problems. ...Read more

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What can you do to tell the difference between bipolar and borderline personality disorder?

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What can you do to tell the difference between bipolar and borderline personality disorder?

Bipolar/Borderline: Bipolar is mood disorder. Borderline is a personality do. The two can coexist in the same individual. ...Read more

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Are those peope who are bipolar get taken more seriously than those with borderline personality disorder?

Are those peope who are bipolar get taken more seriously than those with borderline personality disorder?

Borderline/bipolar: Neither diagnosis gets taken more seriously than the other, it's symptom severity that is the key item. Specifically, you could have either of these with moderate symptomology, but the others' symptomology could be severe, and even suicidal. The latter should get taken more seriously, for obvious reasons. ...Read more

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Please, can you describe the primary differences between bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder?

Please, can you describe the primary differences between bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder?

Borderline: Intense fear of abandonment, being manipulative, impulsivity, a tendency to think of people and things in all good or all bad terms, self mutilating behaviors, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual impulsivity, a profoundly disturb sense of self, and extreme emotional volatility. Bipolar disorder is characterized by extreme mood swings from deep depression to the stratosphere of mania. ...Read more

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How long does it take to diagnose someone with bipolar disorder &/or borderline personality disorder? R these mental illnesses or personality traits?

How long does it take to diagnose someone with bipolar disorder &/or borderline personality disorder? R these mental illnesses or personality traits?

Variable: It may take several sessions of history-gathering and observing to make diagnoses of this type -- but symptoms & mental status signs may be clear from the start. Borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder are both mental illnesses, not just personality traits. Both may be present in the same person. Borderline pd often has more intense symptoms in intimate relationships than others. ...Read more

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Can one have bipolar 1 and borderline personality disorder too?

Can one have bipolar 1 and borderline personality disorder too?

Mental Health: Bipolar spectrum disorders and personality disorders (to include borderline personality) can certainly co-occur. They may also have over-lapping symptoms. ...Read more

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What exactly is "gender confusion" and is it a sign of bipolar or borderline personality disorder?

What exactly is "gender confusion" and is it a sign of bipolar or borderline personality disorder?

Gender confusion: Gender confusion is when a person is not clear about his or her own gender -- gender identity d/o, a painful condition. These are people who feel strongly from childhood that they have been born into the wrong-gendered body. It is not a sign of borderline pd or bipolar disorder, although these other disorders can co-exist. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002495/. ...Read more

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Please advise if it's common for bipolar disorder to be misdiagnosed as borderline personality disorder?

Sometimes.: Yes, on the surface. Some of the characteristics are similar such as the mood instability, impulsivity, sleep disorder especially the hypomanic states. Unlike the bipolar disorder which have distinct periods of mania and depression lasting at least a week, borderline personality disorder shows a pervasive pattern of instability with extremes of idealization and devaluation. ...Read more

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I'm having trouble getting aroused. I have mental issues like borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder. Is that a possible reason? Tips?

Certainly: It is possible that you are depressed as part of bipolar or borderline pd or loss of libido could be a side effect of psychiatric meds for those conditions. Talk to your prescribing doctor and take cars ...Read more

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What is the difference between borderline personality disorder (bpd) bipolar-1?

Professional: That is not for you to determine. Get professional treatment. The therapist can guide you in what involvment if any, that you can participate in. Never do it yourself. ...Read more

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Which is the difference of treatment between a borderline personality disorder and a bipolar disorder?

Which is the difference of treatment between a borderline personality disorder and a bipolar disorder?

Bipolar vs BPD: The mainstay of treatment in bipolar disorder is mood stabilizing medications, plus supportive and/or cognitive behavioral therapy. People generally function well between episodes. Borderline pd, is ongoing. Primary treatment for borderline pd is long-term insight-oriented psychotherapy, along with dialectical behavioral therapy for skills training. Meds are sometimes (not always) used. ...Read more

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When should I tell someone i'm dating that I have bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder?

If It's Important: If you are involved in a casual relationship then there may be no need to discuss this issue. However, if you see this relationship becoming more serious, and if you want this person to have a meaningful role in your life, then you need to tell him/her. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me about some great therapy techniques for bipolar and borderline personality disorder?

Can you please tell me about some great therapy techniques for bipolar and borderline personality disorder?

Dialectic beh ther: Hello, a good type of therapy for borderline personality disorder is called "dialectical behavior therapy." it teaches the patient to use mindfulness, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness to deal with the negative effects of having the disorder. Medication can help with bipolar disorder. Consult with a psychiatrist. ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to have borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, and antisocial personality disorder?

Statistics: Estimates regarding the prevalence of borderline personality disorder (bpd) in the general population have suggested a 1 – 2% rate of lifetime occurrence (apa, 2000). The nmih cites that the prevalence of bipolar in adults in the us is 2.6% and antisocial personality disorder to be at 1%. If you have concerns about any or all of these, seek help. Doctors are trained to help and not judge. Best. ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to have borderline personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, and bipolar disorder all together?

Co-occurence common: The "comorbidity" (co-occurrence) of personality disorders is high, so if someone meets the diagnostic criteria for *any* personality disorder (pd), they are likely to meet the diagnostic criteria for as many as four to six pds. This reflects (in part) a limitation of dsm-iv/5 (the psychiatric diagnostic manual). Bipolar mood disorder is a different animal, but can co-exist with a pd. ...Read more

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What's the difference between bipolar/depression and borderline personality disorder?

Can be confusing: The difficulty is that people with bipolar can have a few of the same symptoms as people with borderline personality (bpd). Also, the names are similar and someone can have both disorders! one sign of bipolar (vs. Bpd) is a positive response to mood stabilizing medication without a pathological fear of abandonment and chronically chaotic relationship patterns. ...Read more

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What is the difference between bipolar/depression and borderline personality disorder?

Differences: It can sometimes be tough to tell a rapid cycling bipolar person from borderline pd. You need long-term history. Borderline personality d/o is a longstanding, pervasive, and inflexible pattern of internal experience and behavior marked by instability in sense of self, relationships, and mood. Fear of abandonment, and primitive defenses like splitting. Between episodes, bipolar people r normal. ...Read more

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Could I have bipolar-like mood swings in borderline personality disorder. What are the mood swings like in bpd?

Could I have bipolar-like mood swings in borderline personality disorder. What are the mood swings like in bpd?

Often confused: They are very different conditions. Sometimes doctors (including psychiatrists) who don't really understand personality disorders mistake bpd for bipolar ii, because both involve labile mood (mood swings), and people with both conditions have depressive episodes. People with bpd do not have true manic or hypomanic episodes. Bpd is treated with psychotherapy, bipolar disorder with medication. ...Read more

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Can you have borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder & major depression at the same time?

Can you have borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder & major depression at the same time?

Yes, often does: Mood disorder has to do with symptoms you experience while personality disorder has to do with a pattern of difficulty with relationships. A chronic mood disorder that begins early in life can lead to a personality disorder. Meds might help the mood but psychotherapy is needed to address the interpersonal problems. ...Read more

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I have post traumatic stress disorder, if i try acid will it set me into a flashback? I also have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder as well. Reasons why I should not try acid?

Why ask for trouble?: I am puzzled by your question --- why would you want to use a drug that might bring on flashbacks or other symptoms. Some people have good acid experiences but you would just be asking for trouble by taking a drug that commonly produces flashbacks and other symptoms. ...Read more

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Are Multiple Sclerosis, Thyroidits, Fibromyalgia, Bipolar, Borderline Personality Disorder and Meniere's Diseases at all connected?

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Rare combination: It is highly unusual for one person to suffer from all these conditions. Thus you will need to get these conditions confirmed by the appropriate specialists. To start- neurologist, rheumatologist, and psychiatrist. ...Read more

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In psychiatry, beside the psychotherapy, how different is the treatment for borderline personality disorder and bipolar affective disorder?

Medications: Medications usually have a greater role in bipolar disorder, although some of the same medications (including antidepressants, antipsychotics, and mood stabilizers) can be helpful to stabilize symptoms of borderline personality disorder, although frequently at lower doses. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Manic Depressive Disorder (Definition)

Though depression is not required for diagnosis most people have both manic and depressive episodes and may have mixed episodes with features of both. Length of episodes vary, but are separated by "normal" periods of emotion and behavior. See my answers to similar ...Read more


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Borderline Personality Disorder (Definition)

A severe personality disorder, characterized by a very fragile self-esteem, highly volatile interpersonal relationships, and ...Read more