Personality disorders are not the same as bipolar, and also we don’t know about this disease. Twenty percent of hospital admissions for mental illness are diagnosed with this disorder, while fifty percent of hospitalization for mental illness are bipolar patients. Young women are a group that is better known to develop severe borderline personality disorder, while bipolar affects men and women together regardless of age.
Changes in moods such as anxiety, depression and violent flare ups are experienced in both patients with Borderline Personality Disorder and those with Bipolar. With bipolar patients, these symptoms can last weeks or months in a cycle, whilst in Borderline Personality Disorder it may only last a few hours or a day.
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With a borderline personality disorder, a patient can reach a period where they do not know what their likes and dislikes are, or personal preferences. Their long-term goals may often change, and trying to stick to one activity becomes difficult. They act on impulse with overeating, shopping sprees and may indulge in sexual liaisons with strangers. Mania is also present in bipolar patients.
Patients with personality disorders also experience emptiness, feelings of being misunderstood or persecuted and worthless; Just like symptoms felt in depression with bipolar disorder. In terms of relationships, a patient with Borderline Personality Disorder will have extremes of being totally besotted or hating someone with a passion. One minute they will be in love, then a small upset or conflict will instantly make them hate that person. If they fear being abandoned, the patient gets depressed, feels rejection and may threaten suicide. Bipolar patients also have these issues when it comes to relationships.