Understanding What Are The Differences Between BPD and Bipolar Disorder and What Their Symptoms Are
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People living with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and bipolar disorder often experience overlapping symptoms. Both disorders are mood disorders, but their similarities end there. Unfortunately, both mental illnesses are commonly misdiagnosed as the symptoms of one condition can be similar to that of the other. Understanding the differences between BPD and bipolar disorder is essential in getting the right treatment. They’re completely different illnesses with very different implications for your long-term well-being. In this article, we will explore the similarities and differences between BPD and bipolar disorder so you can get the help you need.
What is Borderline Personality Disorder?
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental disorder characterized by unstable moods, relationships, and self-image. It is often misdiagnosed because its symptoms are very general and can be easily confused with other disorders. BPD is the most common personality disorder and affects 2% of the global population. It is estimated that BPD affects between 1-10% of people with mood disorders, meaning that many people who have a mood disorder have BPD. People with BPD usually have an intense fear of being abandoned, unstable relationships, and trouble controlling their emotions. Additional symptoms include intense emotions, impulsive behaviour, and difficulty regulating emotions. Many with BPD experience immense shame regarding their diagnosis because it is commonly misconstrued as an insult to their character. BPD is not a reflection on your personal worth, but rather a medical condition with symptoms that can be managed and treated.
What is Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that causes extreme mood swings between depression and mania. It is estimated that 2% of the world’s population lives with the illness. Bipolar disorder can be treated with medication and therapy. During an episode, individuals may experience depression, delusions, and hallucinations. Bipolar disorder is an illness that causes extreme mood swings between depression and mania. Bipolar disorder is an illness that causes extreme mood swings between depression and mania. Depression is often characterized by feelings of hopelessness, lack of motivation, and a general lack of interest in life. Mania, on the other hand, is characterized by extreme feelings of euphoria, delusions of grandeur, and a general inability to stop oneself from doing things like shopping sprees or binge drinking.
Differences between BPD and Bipolar Disorder
One of the most important things to understand is that BPD and bipolar disorder are completely different illnesses. BPD is not bipolar disorder, and vice versa. Even though the two disorders overlap in terms of their symptoms, they are two very different mental illnesses. Some of the key differences between BPD and bipolar disorder are as follows: – Duration: BPD is a long-term illness that lasts for a lifetime. Bipolar disorder, on the other hand, is a recurring illness that can be managed with the help of therapy and medication. – Treatment: BPD can be treated, but it’s not curable. Bipolar disorder can be treated with therapy and medication, but it cannot be cured. – Cause: The cause of bipolar disorder is usually hereditary, while the cause of BPD is usually a result of childhood trauma, bullying, neglect, or the loss of a loved one.
How to Tell if You Have BPD or Bipolar Disorder
The best way to tell if you have BPD or bipolar disorder is to consult a professional. However, some people may be reluctant to go to a doctor, especially if they’re experiencing symptoms that they feel they can manage. To help you determine whether or not you have BPD or bipolar disorder, we’ve listed some signs of each condition below: – BPD: Mood swings, intense fear of abandonment, unstable relationships, impulsive behaviour, and trouble regulating emotions – Bipolar disorder: Recurrent mood swings between depression and mania, extreme feelings of hopelessness, lack of motivation, delusions, hallucinations, insomnia, feelings of grandeur and a general inability to stop oneself from doing things like shopping sprees or binge drinking
Borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder are two completely different illnesses. Although the disorders have similar symptoms, they are caused by different things and can be treated in different ways. If you believe that you have BPD or bipolar disorder, get treatment as soon as possible. Early intervention is essential in preventing the onset of more serious symptoms that could affect your lifestyle and relationships.
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