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Hello and thank you for your question. Typically an individual with a true Bipolar Disorder will have cycles of Mania/Hypomania (symptoms include anger, irritability, increased energy, grandiosity, racing thoughts, pressured speech, less need for sleep, impulsiveness, and recklessness) that last for a few days to a few weeks. Than the individual will either go into a Euthymic State (normal mood functioning) for an indeterminate amount of time or a Depressive Cycle for a few months. If the individual goes into a Depressive Cycle, which lasts for a few months, than once the cycle is over the individual will either go to a Euthymic state or a Mania/Hypomania Cycle. Nearly 75-85 percent of people with Bipolar Disorder will have less than 3 Mania/Hypomania Cycles in a 12 month period, and anyone who has 3 or more Mania/Hypomania cycles in a 12 month period are considered rapid cycling.
Individuals with BPD will mostly have negative mood swings of anxiety, depression, and anger...and they will be rapid mood swings as well often fluctuating withing a day, a few days, or a week. Typically an individual with BPD will be considered unpredictable as their mood swings are not cyclical in nature like with Bipolar Disorder. Also individuals with BPD will have simultaneous symptoms of impulsivity, recklessness, poor interpersonal relationships, anger outbursts, suicidal ideations, and issues with attachment/abandonment.
While I cannot diagnose you without a face to face evaluation, because you respond positively to the Paroxetine (Seroxat), most likely you do not have a Bipolar Disorder as the symptoms of Bipolar Disorder would worsen on an antidepressant. It does sound like there is a possibility of you having BPD or at least some BPD traits.
I hope this answers your questions and gives you some guidance on this issue. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns as I am happy to assist and support you regarding this issue.
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