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Bipolar Disorder Vs. Borderline Personality Disorder

bipolar disorder vs. bpdIntroduction

Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder have some similarities. However, they also have some distinguishable characteristics, as well. This article will describe the similarities between Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder. However, it will also describe the differences between Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder.

What Are The Similarities Between Bipolar Disorder And Borderline Personality Disorder?

What are the similarities between the two disorders? This section of this article will answer this question. In particular, according to webmd.com, “Borderline personality and bipolar: These two disorders are often confused. They both have symptoms of impulsiveness and mood swings.” Therefore, both Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder have symptoms of impulsiveness and mood swings.

What Are The Differences Between Bipolar Disorder And Borderline Personality Disorder?

According to webmd.com, the following symptoms may be present during times of mania in Bipolar Disorder:

  • An excessively happy or angry, irritated mood
  • More physical and mental energy and activity than normal
  • Racing thoughts and ideas
  • Talking more and faster
  • Making big plans
  • Risk taking
  • Impulsiveness
  • Less sleep, but no feeling of being tired

According to webmd.com, the following symptoms may be present during times of depression in Bipolar Disorder:

  • Drop in energy
  • Lasting sadness
  • Less activity and energy
  • Restlessness and irritability
  • Problems concentrating and making decisions
  • Worry and anxiety
  • No interest in favorite activities
  • Feelings of guilt and hopelessness; suicidal thoughts
  • Change in appetite or sleep patterns

According to webmd.com, the following symptoms may be present in someone who suffers from Borderline Personality Disorder:

  • Frantic efforts to avoid feeling abandoned
  • History of unstable, intense relationships
  • Tendency to view people and situations as either “all good” or “all bad”
  • Poor self-image
  • Impulsiveness (spending, sex, substance abuse, etc.)
  • Self-harm (e.g., cutting) or suicidal behavior
  • Mood swings involving anger and depression, usually in response to stressful events or relationships
  • Feelings of emptiness
  • Problems managing anger and unpleasant emotions
  • Paranoia

Conclusion

Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder may both have symptoms associated with impulsiveness and mood swings.  However, on an even further note, there are many differences between Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder.  It is also important to note that Bipolar Disorder is a mood disorder.  In addition, Borderline Personality Disorder is considered a personality disorder. This article has described the distinguishing symptoms between the two disorders.  If you or a loved one believe you are experiencing symptoms associated with Bipolar Disorder or Borderline Personality Disorder, do not self-medicate yourself.  Seek help from a licensed professional.

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Bipolar Disorder Vs. Borderline Personality Disorder


Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!


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Walters, L. (2016). Bipolar Disorder Vs. Borderline Personality Disorder. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 16, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/coping-depression/2016/09/bipolar-disorder-vs-borderline-personality-disorder/

 

Last updated: 9 Sep 2016
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