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How to Identify Bipolar and Borderline Personality Disorders

Identifying which disorder an individual has is an important step in determining the correct treatment

How to Identify Bipolar and Borderline Personality Disorders
By Denise DeWitt

Bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder are two different conditions that are often confused with each other because both include some similar symptoms.

Identifying which disorder an individual has is an important step in determining the correct treatment

Borderline Personality Disorder

Individuals with borderline personality disorder, or BPD, experience a pattern of swings but they also have difficulty in other areas of life including relationships, self-image and behavior.

They are often at risk of having other mental health problems, and it is more likely that they may have had some type of trauma during childhood than someone with bipolar disorder.

People with BPD have very strong emotions and have difficulty controlling their thoughts and feelings. They are often impulsive and reckless and may try to hurt themselves.

They tend to have intense, unstable relationships and often experience mood swings triggered by stress in their relationships. People with borderline personality disorder often struggle with feelings of abandonment.

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