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Postby snookiebookie » Tue May 08, 2018 3:35 pm

Hi. Currently waiting for assessment (appointment in around a month via NHS)

I currently identify with both BPD and C-PTSD, fitting most of the criteria for both. I am aware there's some debate that they overlap or are the same thing. Can people compare and contrast these two for me. What are the symptoms that are in both? What symptoms appear only in one condition/disorder. Is it common to have both?
No official DX but I still struggle with mental health issues constantly.
Symptoms of Social and Generalised Anxiety Disorder.
Strongly identify with Avoidant Personality Disorder.
Feel that I possibly have some kind of emotional trauma/Complex PTSD.
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Postby ShowJumpingRabbit » Thu May 10, 2018 6:10 pm

I know that it's being said that there is much overlap between BPD and C-PTSD. And I'm not saying there isn't, but the amount of overlap is sometimes exaggerated. This is my amateur understanding of the differences.

- with BPD comes some form of exhibitionism (especially emotional), but with C-PTSD comes a form of psychological prostration.
- with BPD comes emotional lability (pwBPD will cycle fast between emotional stances sometimes over the course of a few sentences: cajoling, threatening, mirroring etc.), no such rapid cycling between vastly different emotions is part of C-PTSD.
- pwBPD feel justified in having their needs met (hence the manipulation & rages), C-PTSD doesn't entail any form of entitlement.
- with C-PTSD comes jumpiness in all shapes & form (having nightmares, being easily startled and overall hypervigilance), for this reason, pwC-PTSD will likely have it easier resisting fits of impulsivity than pwBPD who will tend to give in to them.

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