Differentiating Borderline Personality Disorder from Bipolar Disorder
The Carlat Psychiatry Report, Volume 10, Number 3, March 2012
Bernadette Grosjean, MD
Assistant professor of psychiatry, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA
Dr. Grosjean has disclosed that she has no relevant relationships or financial interests in any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) and bipolar disorder frequently co-occur (numbers range from 8% to 18%), although they are distinct clinical entities (Paris J et al, Compr Psychiatry 2007;48(2):145–154). A proper diagnosis guides the most effective treatment, but you’ve probably faced the difficult challenge of diagnosing these conditions, which share several clinical features.