Is bipolar the same as borderline personality?

No these two conditions are not the same. But you are correct - similar medications are used to treat both conditions.

Mark Moronell, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a very serious mental illness. Unlike bipolar disorder with the mood swings from depression to hypomania or mania, borderline personality disorder has constant instability of moods, self-image and behavior.  The emotional dysregulation makes it difficult to have meaningful relationships and keep a job. Affecting between 1 - 2 percent of the population, borderline personality disorder is characterized by overwhelmingly intense emotional states, moments of self-harm and poor relationships with others. Borderline personality disorder is hard to treat but psychiatrists are successful with some patients.
Karyn Hall

No, bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder are not the same. However, they are often confused. Both disorders usually include labile emotions. In bipolar disorder, mood shifts may seem to occur for no obvious reason while there is usually an environmental reason for mood changes in borderline personality disorder. Individuals with borderline personality disorder do not experience mania or hypomania while individuals with bipolar disorder have at least one episode of mania or hypomania. In addition, individuals with borderline personality disorder express a feeling of emptiness and have a strong fear of abandonment that is not typical for individuals with bipolar disorder.

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