Hi Kriste, I have been both labled as bipolar and borderline. One thing we have to remember. In order for the doctor to write a report that other doctors can understand, insurance companies can understand, and even social security can understand, there has to be a concise label, i.e. bp or bpd. These labels are described in a dsm iv manual. This is actually more for the doc than for you. Borderline is not a stand alone problem, but usually stems from another disorder, i.e. bipolar. They have many of the same systems which can be very confusing to both you and the doctor. Borderlines don't go manic, but oftentimes they are considered to be rapid cyclers, which mimic bipolar. Also very moody and impulsive. You may be labeled manipulative and even lying; but, actually you are not necessarily doing either, it is that your perception of things is different than reality as others see it. The medicines are usually the same to treat both of them anyway. Perhaps one of the big differences, imo, is that bipolar is understood primarily as a chemical imbalance, whereas borderline is your thought processes. It's like borderline is a P.S. to bipolar. Along with a chemical imbalance, you have a thought process imbalance. But these thought processes have been ingrained in you since childhood, you're actually unaware that you are doing anything different from anybody else. Don't let the labels depress you, ok. - denise
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