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

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Dr. Donald Jacobson
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: DBT vs meds and CBT

At least in United States the primary treatment for borderline personality disorder is dialectical behavior therapy.
The primary treatments for bipolar disorder on the other hand include a combination of medication as you are already aware and cognitive behavioral therapy. Your antidepressant is the most likely of all antidepressants to cause rapid cycling or mania. This will hopefully be offset for you by depakote, but if it is not then i would recommend that you discuss with your psychiatrist a different treatment option.

In brief: DBT vs meds and CBT

At least in United States the primary treatment for borderline personality disorder is dialectical behavior therapy.
The primary treatments for bipolar disorder on the other hand include a combination of medication as you are already aware and cognitive behavioral therapy. Your antidepressant is the most likely of all antidepressants to cause rapid cycling or mania. This will hopefully be offset for you by depakote, but if it is not then i would recommend that you discuss with your psychiatrist a different treatment option.
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