Questions about Borderline Personality Disorder

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Ashley C
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   Posted 3/27/2006 7:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Before I was diagnosed as Bipolar I came across Borderline many times when I was researching my symptoms.  Borderline fit me very well and I also found information saying that bipolar and borderline is the same thing...?  Is that true?  Does anyone have borderline that can discuss the symptoms and if it is like being bipolar?  I would greatly appreciate it so I can come to some understanding about my own self!  confused

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   Posted 3/27/2006 8:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been classified as a crossover (meaning that I have both BP and BPD) and the biggest thing that I find is that I am not suicidal but I am prone to self-mutilation (cutting) ... Cutting and other self-mutilation is (according to what my Dr said) more BPD than BP. I dont know if this is true or not but I know for me I hold symptoms of both to a large degree

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hammilton
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   Posted 3/27/2006 11:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, cutting can definitely be a bipolar sign. The issue I think there would be the presense of major depression. Outside of depression, its a manipulative technique.

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   Posted 3/28/2006 9:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Bipolar disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder are not the same illnesses.  If you have been diagnosed by a psychiatrist with both of these disorders than it is called a Dual Diagnosis.  Some symptoms or signs of Bipolar are relative to BPD however, with BPD there are over 7 clinical criteria that has to be met before a firm diagnosis can be obtained.  I would suggest speaking to your physician about your concerns of this other diagnosis and seeing what they think.  Take care



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Ashley C
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   Posted 3/28/2006 3:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the replies. Does anyone know what causes borderline? From what I have read, it has to do with childhood abuse. The abuse being physcial, emotional, or sexual. I read that it causes many relationship problems because people who have it constantly seek attention and put unrealistic ideas and expectations on those they love.

I need help majorly! This situation fits me...I was emotionally/verbally abused throughout my childhood and I was attention neglected because my parents were always too busy arguing and fighting with eachother. Often there was physical violence as well. Now I have extreme self-esteem issues and I find it hard to believe that anyone could ever love me. My husband loves me very much and tells me all the time...but I just don't see why. He is the person that I put unrealistic expectations on and I make him my hero. Often the expectations I put on him are so unrealistic that I get upset over the stupidist things he has no control over. The main reason I married him because the way he makes me feel. He made me feel loved...he has seen every side of me and has loved me for who I am. Because of the love he has given I have been very clingy to him and besides the unrealistic expectations, I can not stand to be without him. I CAN NOT SLEEP WITHOUT HIM! He works third shift and I am not working right now because of being bipolar and just being placed on meds. We both sleep during the day because I can not sleep when he is at work at night. He is my world...but I don't want to make him feel inhuman by putting these unrealistic expectations on him. I want to love myself and fix my self esteem issues...I just really struggle. Can anyone help, and does this sound like borderline? What kind of treatment is there for borderline?

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   Posted 3/28/2006 4:50 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey Ashley,  I have this other website on BPD that may be of more help to you.  It is from the national institute of mental health and details out the illness and treatment.  I hope that it helps explains things a little better for you..... Hugs

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/bpd.cfm


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Ashley C
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   Posted 3/28/2006 5:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks again...I checked out the other one and it helped out alot! I will check this one out too!
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