Difference Between BPD And Bipolar Disorder"
By Michael Weisz
For today I
decided to talk about a quite common ... I
would say "trickiness" many BPD people are
Over the past six
months since I started to write the Weekly
Q&A's I got countless emails from my readers
writing that they have been diagnosed with
bipolar but they are also "suspected" for
BPD too, or that they have been diagnosed
with BPD and they also might have bipolar.
For instance Rain
sent me an email last week writing me that
he was diagnosed with Bipolar, "and possibly
BPD as well" to use his words. However the
symptoms he mentioned were quick mood
changes and intense irritation... So what is
the right diagnosis here?
I mean, both BPD and
Bipolar have mood changes, but what sets
them apart? And more importantly, what is
their appropriate treatment or intervention
considering that both have mood changes?
On one hand, bipolar
is characterized by moods changes that shift
back and forth between depression and mania.
In bipolar, these mood changes happen once
every few weeks or months. Mainly they are
caused by unbalances of the emotional
hormones in the brain, like serotonin and
dopamine. This is the reason why usually the
outside events and stimuli rarely have
significant impact on the frequency and
depth of these mood changes.
emotional states of Bipolar Disorder can be
kept under control with medication. A
correctly diagnosed BPD person can have a
fairly normal life if the right medication
is prescribed and with the right doses.
On the other hand,
BPD has mood changes too, BUT from apparent
emotional normality/balance to anger/fury or
intense frustration. Also, the mood changes
in BPD happen very quickly, usually in a
matter of seconds or minutes. This is the
first set of essential differences between
BPD and Bipolar.
So if you have mood
changes, and if you tend to get easily angry
or frustrated, this could be a major signal
that it might be BPD, not bipolar.
anger/intense irritation episodes are
usually followed by impulsive behaviors,
sometimes violent acts, and even paranoid
symptoms during the time frame when the
intense distress is on.
difference between BPD and bipolar is that
the episodes of intense anger last only a
few hours or days at the most. The BPD mood
changes are highly reactive to outside
events and stimuli.
sufferers who are treated with medication
usually experience alleviated symptoms, but
only for as long as they take the pills. If
they stop taking them, they shortly start
manifesting again anger, impulsivity, the
inner void, the emotional pain. This happens
because the REAL CAUSES of BPD cannot be
"treated" with medication. The REAL CAUSES
of BPD are represented by a set of
self-defeating thoughts that have become
automatic over many years. So the REAL
treatment for BPD can only made up by
techniques and strategies that help the BPD
sufferer RELEARN his/her perceptions of
self, of people in general, and about the
So using just this
information you can have a fairly clear idea
whether you have BPD or bipolar.
From my experience I
can tell you that there are small chances
for a person to have both BPD and bipolar at
the same time. Why? Because their specific
types of symptoms tend to "eliminate" one
another from the equation. A BPD is almost
always anxious, worried, tense, while
bipolar people are either depressed or
For instance a
depressed person is unlikely to get angry in
just a few second like BPD people do (unless
you are in the "Detached Protector Pitfall"
or "Abandoned and Vulnerable Child
Pitfall"). Also, maniac people are "too"
optimistic, a mental and emotional state
that is incompatible with getting angry in
just a few seconds.
When you'll do the
self-analysis to determine whether you have
BPD or Bipolar, take into account the last 6
to 12 months. Try to remember what was the
dynamic of your emotions over that period of
time, and look for patterns, for emotions
and manifestations that tend to repeat over
time. Draw your conclusions based on these
This is it for this
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