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if i might ask it...if you don't know the signs, why would you think you may have it? sorry not trying to be a smart ass but that confused me...what are you basing this on...what do u know about bpd? reason i am asking is for example there have been movies like girl, interrupted, which i feel only slightly touched on what bpd really entails and also very much exagerrated what they called bpd as well...

it CAN go hand in hand with BP or any number of disorders/dis-eases... it is different in BP as it is a personality disorder...whereas BP is more of a...well, i don't know what the hell BP is but it is definitely more of a mental/brain thing i'm supposing...here is some FYI for ya:

[link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borderline_personality_disorder"'>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borderline_personality_disorder" target="_blank]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borderline_personality_disorder[/link]

hugs. there are some very knowledgeable supportive people here...and many of us dx'd with bpd. i'm one of 'em. hang in there. tell us your symptoms...maybe we can help. oh and as far as a doc dxing i wouldn't recommend a GP, i'd go see a psychiatric specialist like a psychiatric mental health nurse or a psychiatrist...they will ask you your symptoms, probably ask you questions and/or give you a questionaire on how you are feeling...how life is...etc. your history...they look at all that stuff. hope i've helped somewhat...

What are the signs of BPD and how does the doctor tell you if you have it? I think I may have it. Does it go hand and hand with bipolar??
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The symptoms I have is as follows:

Identity disturbance: markedly and persistently unstable self-image or sense of self

Impulsivity in at least two areas that are potentially self-damaging (e.g., spending, sex, substance abuse, reckless driving, binge eating)

Recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures, or threats, or self-mutilating behavior

Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment

A pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating between extremes of idealization and devaluation

I see my Psychiatic Doctor tommrow at noon. I hope he will be able to help me out.

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I hope your appt. goes well tommorow!

I was first diagnosed Bi polar but then it was changed to BPD so I imagine there must be some overlapping of the symptoms. And I imagine it isnt impossible to have both disorders at once.

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To be classed as having borderline personality disorder, you have to be hsowing five out of those nine symptoms for a length of time. So one or two episodes of self harm, or one bad break up, or a shift in identity won't automatically qualify you, it has be lengthly pattern in your life and it has to disturb your life.

Bipolar is a chemical imbalance in the brain that results in mood changes between mania (euphoric states) and depression. It is a chemically based mood disorder. Borderline personality disorder is a disordered way of dealing with the world, that has been formed by childhood experiences of invalidation and some brain chemistry. It is a learned maladptive set of coping behaviours, which can be unlearned via therapy, and thus it is possible to totally recover from Borderline Personality Disorder. To recover from Bipolar disorder, meds need to correct the imbalance in the brain, and this is hard to do.

Sometimes the instability in a Bipolar sufferers life can look like a personality disorder. Many people with bipolar have a lot of relationships, or are reckless, or have substance problems. However the driving force behind that is the mood problem. For people with a personality disorder, it is their maladaptive way of coping with emotions they do not know how to handle that makes them behave that way.

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