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3 Phases of Self-Esteem in BPD

3 Phases of Self-Esteem in BPDLike most aspects of bipolar disorder, self-esteem is volatile. Everyone has fluctuations in self-esteem. Insecurity, doubt, boldness and egotism. These are all examples of stages of self-esteem that everyone experiences.

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  • May 4, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    BPD stands for Borderline Personality Disorder, not Bipolar Disorder. Using it incorrectly could cause others to be confused if they search for info on “BPD”.

    • May 8, 2015 at 5:18 pm

      Perfect. I agree completely, and I thank you, Lissa.

  • May 6, 2015 at 10:35 am

    This article brings to mind Dr Peter Breggin’s theory that Bipolar Disorder really isn’t an Axis 1 disorder (meaning it isn’t biological) but rather Axis 2 (psychological – being a personality disorder). If these observations are accurate it would hold with his theory that Bipolar is more akin to a narcissistic personality disorder. I tend to agree with Dr Breggin.

  • December 30, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    This is the perfect description of my experience with bipolar disorder. You have, however, phrased your commentary as bipolar mood disorder generating changes in self esteem. I don’t disagree but I also believe that a lack of self-esteem can cause the changes in mood.

    For instance, a grand success could lead to mania/hypomania. Later failures could widdle away at this self-esteem leading to depression. This process occurring cyclically.

    I think this ties into how ego relates to psychiatric disorders. I personally see my self as lacking a strong emotional foundation that leads me to be blown one way or another too easily. However, I find depression to be my baseline.

    I can compare my state to that of some of my friends who have established egos. Even in the presence of failures, one of them happily says “I am good at everything I do” (which begs the question, why do you only do things your good at). I think this attitude is healthy and essential even if somewhat unrealistic. Despite having a difficult life he has found stability and success in his career/life. From an evolutionary perspective, it makes no sense for an individual to have his ego decimated because of a failure.

    I don’t agree at all that this isn’t an Axis-one disorder. I actually think it is predominantly an Axis 1 disorder. Biology/genetics sets the stage for what a childhood maelstrom or adult tribulations creates. I think it is irresponsible for practitioners to label it otherwise.


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