Borderline Personality Disorder

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There is a lot of confusion around Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). It is not some made up excuse to be a “moody” person… it is a legitimate mental illness that can be devastating and requires professional treatment. Stigma may prevent personality disorders from being seen seriously in the public eye, but this needs to change.

Another source of confusion is the fact that its presentation may be similar to that of other mental illnesses, such as that of Bipolar Disorder. While both may have features such as impulsivity and mood changes, there are key differences and different treatment approaches. I created this infographic as a quick way to learn some BPD basics. Enjoy!

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For those who are interested, I also attached this table I found comparing Bipolar Disorder (BD) and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD):

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Source: “The Association of Bipolar Spectrum Disorders and Borderline Personality Disorder” from Psychiatric Quarterly

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