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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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Dr. Alan Ali
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Bipolar Disorder (Definition)

The lay term is manic depression. It is a mood cycling condition in which a person has periods of elevated mood & energy, little sleep, racing thoughts & grandiose ideas. The person may engage in risky behaviors, spend a lot or work a lot. These episodes alternate w/ periods of depression for at least 2 wks. The duration & severity of the manic sx determines the ...Read more


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

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

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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Whats the diffrence between bipolar 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 borderlline features are more pervasive, persistent, rapid cycling and resistant. ...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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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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What is the difference between the symptoms of bipolar or borderline personality disorder?

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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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Manic Depressive Disorder (Definition)

Manic depressive disorder is also known as Bipolar disorder. 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


Dr. Andrew Berry
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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