Cheze2 wrote:I too have been diagnosed as Bipolar and borderline. My bipolar mood swings are much different than my borderline mood swings. My borderline mood swings are quick, maybe a few hours long and are usually triggered by something. My bipolar mood swings last much longer and usually don't have a definable trigger.
My swings are just the same, Cheze.
And to add,
There are mood swings that come with a trigger that later on I can look back and understand where I need to be more cautious of some sort of situation or talk to my partner or whom ever saying something like, "Ok, when I freaked out there I think it stemmed from this or that and maybe we can not use words like this or understand my issues here or there" and there is actually some progress that can be made, little by little.
But then there are these days to weeks long periods where it has nothing to do with anything. It's just the nasty chemical imbalance taking control and I doubt there is much that can be done outside of medication.
I think of it this way,
If you were on decent meds for your bi-polar and you still had symptoms that were more emotional and able to be traced back to a origin, that's the borderline. One is chemical. One is learned behavior because of who you are, where you're from, how you've learned to cope and your abilities and inabilities to make sense out of your world. I know borderline isn't that simple and that it does have some links to our genetics, but I think more times than not, it becomes what it is for us because of our experiences, our personalities, our support systems growing up and our sense of self.
I could be so wrong. But that right there is what keeps me going. lol
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Bi-Polar Type I, Borderline Personality Disorder
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