Care to explain the difference between bipolar & borderline personality? I was diagnosed with bipolar but I feel I really resonate with disassociation
Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder, and borderline personality disorder is a personality disorder. A common feature of bipolar disorder is recurring episodes of depression. Many people with bipolar disorder present a lot like people with unipolar depression, or major depressive disorder: they feel sad, lose interest in activities, feel worthless, have trouble concentrating, etc. To be diagnosed with bipolar disorder, you must also have experienced at least one episode of mania. An episode of mania is characterized by an elevated mood, heightened energy without the need to sleep, racing and/or grandiose thoughts, and impulsive behavior. For most people with a bipolar diagnosis, about 75 percent of the time they are experiencing disability from the illness, they are in depressive episodes. Borderline personality disorder is not a mood disorder. It is classified as a personality disorder. The symptoms of borderline personality disorder can result in mood problems, but the illness is not defined by changes in mood. The symptoms of borderline personality disorder are relational. For all types of personality disorders, we consider how a person interacts with others through personality constructs, like dependency for example. We all at certain times are dependent on a parent, partner or friend. At other times or in different situations, we relate to that same person differently. We might be more independent or even competitive. A person without a disorder also likely would not relate to a friend and a parent in the same way. People with an untreated personality disorder tend to use the same approach, or personality construct, to cultivate relationships repeatedly. This lack of diversity in interacting with other people can lead to relationships that are confusing, difficult, and extreme. In turn these unstable relationships or resulting isolation can cause depression and anxiety. In fact mood and anxiety disorders frequently co-occur with personality disorders.
Thank you for breaking it down!