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How would you discern the difference between Bi-polar Disorder

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How would you discern the difference between Bi-polar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder? How would you treat each, and what would you expect to be the outcome of misdiagnosis?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Brad The Therapist replied 4 years ago.
The difference between these two disorders as that Bi-polar disorder occurs because of neurotransmitters not firing the way they should to have stabilized mood. Borderline Personality Disorder occurs because of relational difficulties early in life that shapes one's personality to view people as idealizing or repulsive (no gray area, just extremes.) Bipolar is typically treated with medications and therapy (research shows the combination is most effective) whereas for borderline personality disorder, therapy is most effective.
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