Is BPD worse than bipolar? Well, both disorders have similar symptoms such as impulsiveness and mood swings. Also, both disorders are quite confusing to understand.
But the treatment of bipolar and BPD is not similar and both are different disorders. So here in this article, I will discuss everything about both disorders in detail.
Generally, bipolar disorder is known as manic depression, where people experience a severe mental illness that brings mood swings, changes in sleep, energy, thinking, and behavior.
One study has shown a report that women with bipolar disorder can have periods in which they feel overly happy and energized and other periods of feeling very sad and low mood.
Bipolar disorder symptoms
- Extremely happy or angry irritated mood
- More physical activity than normal people
- More mental energy than normal people
- Racing thoughts and ideas
- Making big plans
- Constant fatigue
- Feeling of guilt
- Unexplained body pain and aches
- Excessive anxiety
- Social withdrawal
- Poor judgment
- Incomplete sleep but no feeling of being tired
Manic describes the times when people with this disorder feels overly excited and confident also. People with mania can behave things that are not true and that they can’t be talked out.
Research has shown that people with bipolar disorder may not experience depression. Even people with bipolar 1 may not experience depression but bipolar 2 can experience depression, but they have hypomania which less severe form of mania.
Borderline personality disorder (BPD)
A borderline personality disorder is a very serious condition and it is characterized by unstable moods and emotions, relationships, and behavior.
Research has shown that BPD can begin in adolescence or early adulthood and also can stay for a very long period of time. American research has reported that the exact cause of BPD is not known.
Symptoms of BPD
People with the borderline personality disorder can experience many symptoms such as:
- Impulsive behavior
- Frequent changes in the interest and values
- A viewpoint as either all good or all bad
- Changing opinion quickly
- Self-harming behavior
- Feeling of dissociation
- Making thoughts of suicide
- An intense episode of anger, anxiety, and depression
- Fear of isolation
People with a borderline personality disorder may not experience all these symptoms together. People BPD may have few symptoms while others can experience severe symptoms.
Also, BPD is unlikely to respond to treatment, report has published in 2017 has proven that proper medication can treat the borderline personality disorder, means BPD is treatable.
Is BPD worse than bipolar?
The features and symptoms of BPD are very strong and risky than bipolar disorder. Many expert have expressed that BPD and bipolar are related closely. Because they both share some common features.
Both disorders are characterized by their symptoms, though the symptoms are quite similar to each other.
The symptoms of BPD are severe and extremer than bipolar disorder. So yes, according to me BPD is worse than bipolar disorder.
Diagnosis for both disorder
More than 20% of people with borderline personality disorder are diagnosed with bipolar disorder. People with both disorder receive one diagnosis before the other.
Your doctor may diagnose bipolar disorder first. Because the symptoms can change. Also, this makes it more difficult to detect BPD symptoms.
The treatment of bipolar may clears the symptoms of Borderline personality disorder.
If you are experiencing all the symptoms of any disorder then make an appointment with your doctor.
Your doctor will help you best to find out the actual disorder. Also, your doctor may ask a few questions to you to diagnose you properly.
The doctor may ask your physical (brain injury) and mental health history. Because your mental health history will help to provide proper insight. A proper and clear medical insight can help to distinguish the exact disorder.
Research has reported that both disorder tend to run in families. This means if in your family a member has one or both disorder, you are more likely to experience the disorders.
Your doctor may start the treatment that mainly involves specific forms of psychotherapy such as DBT (dialectical behavior therapy) or TFP (transference-focused psychotherapy). The therapy will help to manage the impulses, feelings of anger or emotional oversensitivity.
BPD and bipolar disorder are not similar but contain similar features and symptoms. Generally, long-term treatment is necessary for people with BPD.
Both disorder is long-term condition and your doctor will help you best to start a proper treatment for your disorder.
The medical treatment will help you to reduce the symptoms also.