Borderline personality and bipolar disorders are often used interchangeably, but they’re not the same thing in the medical community. While they can both cause impulsive behavior outside of the patient’s normal habits, there are some clear differences.
Getting the right diagnosis is also very important in this case to get the right treatments – which is not an easy task for a medical professional. MedicalDaily.com explains that bipolar disorder is often mistaken for depression, while borderline personality disorder (BPD) can be misdiagnosed as depression or PTSD. Let’s take a closer look at 13 differences between these mental illnesses…
1. Defining BPD
This condition is characterized by extreme mood swings, impulsiveness (such as reckless driving or spending sprees), and unstable relationships, notes MedicalDaily. The latter is likely because a patient’s opinion of a loved one can flip-flop in an instant.
In addition to “destructive mood swings,” the source also explains BPD patients typically suffer from low self-esteem, which can manifest into self-harming and suicidal behaviors.