The Basics of Borderline Personality Disorder
A person with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) has an intense fear of abandonment, demonstrates dangerous and impulsive behaviors, has unstable personal relationships, and experiences extreme emotions. They can have severe depression, anger, anxiety or rage followed by substance abuse and self-harming behaviors. Yet, they can be the most passionate loving people who are highly sensitive to their moods and the moods of others.
Unfortunately there are some basic misperceptions about BPD which contribute to misinformation and inaccurate diagnosis. Here are some basic concepts.
Misdiagnosing: Sadly, many people with BPD are often misdiagnosed as bi-polar which can be successfully treated with medication. However, if a person actually has BPD and is given bi-polar medication, the result can be disastrous. After a period of time, mood swings are more not less exaggerated, self-harming behavior might increase, and even thoughts of suicide escalate.
Similarities: The reason for the confusion between the two disorders is because they do share some distinguishing characteristics. The mood swings tend to oscillate between the two extremes of manic and depressed or love and hate. However, bi-polar mood swings seem to be unrelated to circumstances and can often be charted. Whereas a BPD mood swing seems to be very much related to present circumstances. Other similarities include self-harming behavior, addictive tendencies, and heightened anxiety.