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

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Dr. Jonathan Shedler
Clinical Psychology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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