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

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Dr. William Holmes
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Leonard Lado
Psychiatry
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In brief: Borderline and bpola

This question was answered by gunderson et al 2006.
The key to borderline personality disorder is self mutilating behavior associated with childhood abuse (sexual and or physical) however. Patients with borderline personality disorder had a significantly higher co-occurrence of bipolar disorder (19.4%) than did patients with other personality disorders. The presence of both is a treatment challeng.

In brief: Borderline and bpola

This question was answered by gunderson et al 2006.
The key to borderline personality disorder is self mutilating behavior associated with childhood abuse (sexual and or physical) however. Patients with borderline personality disorder had a significantly higher co-occurrence of bipolar disorder (19.4%) than did patients with other personality disorders. The presence of both is a treatment challeng.
Dr. Leonard Lado
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
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In brief: Bipolar/Borderline

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

In brief: Bipolar/Borderline

Bipolar is mood disorder. Borderline is a personality do.
The two can coexist in the same individual.
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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