EarlGreyDregs wrote:People with BPD don't experience mania, I believe? Nor are their mood swings cyclical. Nor do they benefit from medications aimed at Bipolar as much as people with manic-depression.
All we are saying is that Bipolar could have been triggered by acute anxiety in the past & it could change the brain chemistry.
Yeah, that's prolly true... that pwBPD mightn't get manic. Never thought of that. Ta
I get sooo confused about what is hypomania and what is anxiety/anger. I also get soo confused where the line is between normal energy, clear head and good mood and hypomania. I really appreciate your help in teasing one out from the other because I genuinely find it so hard to understand what is what within my multiple diagnoses.
Not meaning to usurp your thread MM - I agree stress induced bipolar as opposed to genetically induced bipolar is an interesting thing to ponder. The nurture/nature debate may continue to the end of time, but that does not make it any less interesting or important. In 20 years I imagine we may be at the same place we were 20 years ago, that both genetics and environment play a role in varying degrees for each individual; and that both medication and therapy are effective in varying degrees to treat each individual. I am not as young and vital as you, I think I may lost my sense of wonderment through the years somewhere
My sense is "a rose by any other name smells as sweet".. meaning, I'm more focused on how to get well, rather than getting off on the allure and mystery (and inexact science) of psychiatric diagnoses. Not saying that you shouldn't - just explaining why I might come across as a bit "crusty" to you, when I really don't mean to. Hugs x
I do really appreciate your clarity with bp and bpd. Thanks