Whats the difference between ptsd and borderline personality disorder?

Anxiety v. Character. Post-traumatic stress disorder (ptsd) is an anxiety disorder initially caused by experiencing a traumatic event. Borderline personality disorder is a long-term pattern of inner experience and behavior that is quite different from the expectations of one's culture. This character pattern can be traced back at least to adolescence or early adulthood.
Co-occurrence. Dr smith already did a good job of explaining. I wanted to interject that both post traumatic stress disorder and borderline personality disorder are conditions that are associated with trauma. Thus there can be co-occurrence.
PTSD vs. Borderline. Several symptoms exist in both disorders, & both disorders may coexist together. Some symptoms that differentiate ptsd are; numbing of affect, exaggerated startle response, flashbacks & nightmares of a specific traumatic event.
PTSD vs BPD. Bpd is a very severe disorder and may be characterized by unstable moods and relationships, brief psychotic episodes, and other very serious symptoms. It is completely different from ptsd.

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Is borderline personality disorder related to ptsd?

Sometimes. Sometimes borderline personality disorder arises in people who were abused as children. The symptoms may be seen as similar to the ptsd's avoidance, reliving, and hyperarousal. However, some people with borderline personality disorder do not have histories of childhood trauma. Read more...
Sometimes related. Some people with borderline personality disorder act out in ways which are dangerous to themselves or others. They may develop ptsd as a result of these experiences. Read more...
Sometimes. Usually there is an early history of trauma in the development of a borderline personality disorder (pbd). I have found that the majority of my combat ptsd patients had early trauma as well. The characteristics of someone with bpd may leave them vulnerable to developing ptsd. They are however, two separate conditions. Read more...
Borderline. The only way I personally have heard how they can be related is for combat troops who exhibit symptoms while on active duty, those symptoms can be similar to borderline PD, and it takes a seasoned diagnostician to make the right call. A personality disorder can disqualify a veteran from getting benefits. Read more...

Is ptsd just a less severe form for borderline personality disorder?

No. These are completely different disorders. Ptsd is an axis i disorder with discrete criteria for having witnessing or experiencing an actual or perceived traumatic event with symptoms presenting greater than 30 days from said event. Borderline personality disorder is a condition which evolves over time and not from one specific discrete event. Read more...
No . U ask an interesting question because pts with bpd often have a history of childhood trauma. Read more...
Oh my, no!! Although both are associated with trauma at some point in life, they are entirely different conditions. Borderline personality disorder is about a person's life long character and behaviors. Post traumatic stress disorder is a series of disabling symptoms that can develop after being exposed to a life-threatening or horrific trauma (or traumas). They may co-exist. Read more...

Ptsd from borderline personality disorder? I was told that the emotions from borderline personality disorder are so strong that it can cause so much trauma it gives you ptsd is this true?

Many . Many patients become borderline from being under tremendous amounts of stress or pressure. They develop coping mechanisms that actually can cause more harm because of the pressure that they are under. This can lead them to be in more and more difficult situations. Ptsd is usually linked to a significant trauma or stress in the past, so it is certainly possible that patients with borderline may have co-existing ptsd. Read more...
Yes. Also experiences in which borderline pd individuals get into can be highly traumatizing. In reverse, trauma in childhood is associated with the genesis of future bpd in many cases. Genetic tendencies, and environmental factors might help cause bpd, by some authors. Read more...
Complex PTSD. People who are repeatedly traumatized during important developmental periods -- and those traumatized for extensive periods even later in life -- may develop a complex form of ptsd whose characteristics clinically resemble borderline pd. http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/pages/complex-ptsd.asp parental abuse and neglect are far more widespread than we'd like to admit. Results are painful. Read more...
Chicken/ egg?? This sounds a bit hard to track but... Individuals with borderline personality disorder have been traumatized in some manner early in life. Their behaviors and beliefs may make them vulnerable to particular stressors throughout their life. Examples are that depression and ptsd are seen more often in individuals with borderline personality disorder than the general population. Read more...

I have ptsd & borderline personality disorder and breastfeed exclusively. Would prazosin be safe to take for my anxiety, insomnia and nightmares?

Possibly. This is a blood pressure medicine that has been used successfully "off label" for ptsd. It may be unsafe for your infant as it crosses into breast milk. Consider discontinuing breast feeding. Read more...
Don't know. There is unfortunately inadequate literature to advise about the risks of lactation while on prazosin. I'm glad you discovered its value. It's an old medication for high blood pressure that was discovered to effectively treat the nightmares of ptsd. Proceed with caution. Read more...
Breastfeeding safety. Prazosin has been effective for many (but not all) of my patients with recalcitrant nightmares & insomnia. Getting a good night sleep is very important for emotional healing and to have the energy to parent a new baby. Unfortunately i don't know of any studies about impact on breastfeeding. You may consider discontinuing breastfeeding. Take care. Read more...

What is borderline personality disorder? Diagnosed with mild PTSD by VA Doc, can this make BPD worse, if I have it?

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. Read more...
PTSD/BPD. Hi David, there is significant overlap between PTSD and BPD, and having the two together does tend to cause more impairment than having either one alone. When both are present , there tends to be a higher number of lifetime traumatic events, less expression of positive emotions, and greater emotional dysregulation. The best place to start is with DBT and then targeted PTSD therapy. Take good care. Read more...

How serious are the disorders I have been diagnosed with? I have been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, dissociative identity disorder, and ptsd. ... I don't want to burden anyone I just want to be able to understand what I have... I have al

The . The conditions you described are serious. However, there is excellent help available. I have provided some very basic information. Post traumatic stress disorder develops in response to a trauma or traumas that the person experienced as terrifying or as a threat to life. The categories of symptoms are avoidance, reliving and hyperarousal. There may be avoidance of people, places, sounds, smells, events that trigger feelings or memories associated with past traumatic events. Reliving can take the form of nightmares or the kindling of memories of old traumas. There can be periods in which you feel like you are back in the traumatic situation — reliving it. Hyperarousal means that you may be more reactive, especially to anything which you might perceive as a danger to you. It can lead to insomnia and irritability. Dissociative identity disorder develops as a response to trauma in childhood. As a coping mechanism, two or more identities develop. Borderline personality disorder is a personality disorder which is associated with symptoms such as feeling empty emotionally; self mutilation, threats of self harm or suicide attempts; feeling intense anger and fears about being abandoned by the people that are important to you. Interpersonal relationships usually suffer. Dramatic mood changes are a hallmark. There may be risky behaviors like gambling, unsafe sexual practices, spending too much money, reckless driving or abuse of alcohol or drugs. During your treatment, your doctor should be providing you with information about your conditions. Often the doctor breaks up the information into smaller, more manageable chunks. When an urgent situation presents, the doctor may need to place more emphasis on handling the crisis, than on educating. One sign of an experienced doctor, is that he or she will determine how much information you can handle at a time. It can be a relief to finally get an understanding about why you been experiencing difficulties. The human mind is complex, so don't expect to develop a comprehensive knowledge of these conditions over night. Your doctor will most likely develop a treatment plan with you, to get a handle on which issues need to be addressed first. It is important to remember that progress in treatment is usually accomplished by a series of small steps. So, patience is important. Good luck as you and your provider work toward a healthier life with more happiness. Read more...
A lot. This quite a list of diagnoses. Anyone of these disorders alone is considered serious and persisting. Getting help and managing symptoms with a combination of therapy and medication is key. You won't be a burden to anyone if you take charge of your treatment. Good luck. Read more...
SEEK and DO DBT. Change your brain. Not meant to be a trite response. Actually, cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt) has been shown to literally change brain structure! dialectic behavioral therapy (cbt + mindfulness meditation) was devel. And shown to treat borderline personal. D/o, did, and ptsd, all of which originate due to childhood trauma. Interpersonal family systems therapy ifs was developed for the same. Read more...

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?

Unusual. It is unusual for someone to have all of these diagnoses. All of these disorders have overlapping symptoms. I suggest you see a psychologist who can do testing to make a more definitive diagnosis. Be optimistic, all of these disorders are treatable. Read more...
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...

What's the difference between bi polar and borderline personality disorder?

Bipolar. Is mainly manifested in large mood swings, depression and mania (high energy). Borderline personality can also have mood swings but a major factor is his/her difficulty with relationships. This can be rooted in being suspicious, jealous, or lack of self esteem. A mental health professional can help. Peace and good health. Read more...
Bipolar vsBorderline. A simplified "in a nutshell" answer: 1-bipolar-mood drives actions; borderline-fear of abandonment drives actions 2-bipolar-moods not driven by daily life (appear random). Borderline-mood + or - triggered by day's events (feel abandoned/let down/disappointed) 3-bipolar-biological/chemical imbalance; borderline-caused by early childhood disruptions 4-bipolar-meds primary; borderline-meds+therapy. Read more...

I want to know what is the difference between borderline personality disorder and depression?

Different. Depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with everyday life for weeks or longer. Borderline personality disorder - refer to the website: http://depression.About.Com/library/quizzes/bpdquiz/blbpdscreenquiz.Htm. Read more...
Borderline PD. Borderline pd has an enduring & pervasive pattern of instability in interpersonal relationships, sense of self, and moods/affects.The person fears both abandonment and intimacy. Depression is a mood disorder with changes in sleep, energy & appetite -- and between episodes, the person is well. Borderline pd may experience "abandonment depression, " which has a different pattern and context. Read more...