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

10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Can look similar

However, bipolar is a mood disorder which requires medication for stability, whereas borderline is a personality disorder characterized by a chronic pattern of perceptual and behavior abnormalities which requires psychotherapy and medications are used sparingly.

In brief: Can look similar

However, bipolar is a mood disorder which requires medication for stability, whereas borderline is a personality disorder characterized by a chronic pattern of perceptual and behavior abnormalities which requires psychotherapy and medications are used sparingly.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Dr. Susan Uhrich
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Dr. Alfredo Soto
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Many

Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder in which an individual develops severe episodes of depression or mania that come and go.
Borderline personality disorder is a disorder in which a person has poor coping skills under stress. They may have explosive relationships and labile moods. They also have problems seeing people only as all good or all bad.

In brief: Many

Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder in which an individual develops severe episodes of depression or mania that come and go.
Borderline personality disorder is a disorder in which a person has poor coping skills under stress. They may have explosive relationships and labile moods. They also have problems seeing people only as all good or all bad.
Dr. Alfredo Soto
Dr. Alfredo Soto
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology
1 doctor agrees

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.
Dr. Andrew Berry
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