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Bipolar Disorder Vs. Borderline Personality Disorder

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John Emotions rants about the confusion surrounding Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder, particularly mislabeling the initials #BD and #BPD. John explains that "bipolar" is one word, like bicycle or universe. John then metaphorically explains that borderline disorder is a problem with your emotion selector, while bipolar disorder is a problem with your emotion regulator.

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Welcome back to by polar style,the podcast for bipolar people and those who love them. Doing US online atby polar stylecom Johnny motion. Thanks. Welcome back to buy polar style.Happy holidays. It's Sunday after Thanksgiving. If you were listening to this podcast, that means you did not jump off a bridge or get arrested for assaultingyour relatives, and that's a good thing. So welcome back to the PODCAST.I'm glad you're here and I'm glad I'm here. I had a roughweek last week, typically do around the holidays. I'm not going to getinto it too much. Just appreciate everyone's patience on twitter and things like that. When I go am I a so thanks for your support and let's geton with it. So today we're going to talk about bipolar disorder versus borderlinepersonality disorder. These two things get confused,...

...conflated, mixed up, miss initialedall kinds of things all the time, and I'll go through it as kindof a an experiencer of both. I don't want to say a suffererbecause sounds like I'm making myself to be a victim, although it is sufferingfor sure, but let's just say I end or both bipolar disorder and borderlinepersonality disorder. So let me tell you just my experience. You can readup on it on, you know, the Mayo Clinics website or whatever,and get there to take from doctors, but as a person who has both, here's what it seems like. So try to speak in metaphors that areeasy to understand. So imagine your brain does many, many things. Oneof them is selecting the correct emotion for any given situation. So if somebodyoffends you, it should select anger or...

...you know, things like that.If you see a sad movie, you should select sorrow, sadness and thingslike that. That's the selector. There's another part of your brain that isin charge of applying the amounts, like the gas pedal. How much gasto give it, how much you know, how much emphasis to put on thatparticular emotion that you've chosen. So in the case of bipolar disorder,it's the latter. You kind of have a loss of the regulation. Youcan't control how much to step on the gas, so to speak. Whenyou combine that with borderline personality disorder, which is picking the wrong pedal inthe first place you get really mixed up and causes all kinds of problems.A lot of the confusion starts with the label itself. So this is oneof my favorite rants. I get a lot of heat about correcting people aboutthis on the Internet, but if we...

...want to isolate these different types ofproblems, we have to start labeling them correctly. Are you ready for this? Bipolar disorder. That's two words, bipolar disorder. The initials are BD. Wow, borderline personality disorder. That's three words, B P d. So you've got bpd and you've got bed, two different initials, twocompletely different conditions. That you with them so far. Now to back upa step. Some people want to argue and say no, because I've seenbipolar disorder abbreviated as bpd, right maybe by an idiot, because we don'ta breach. We don't like hiate bipolar, you don't hyphenate universal, you don'thyphenate bicycle, you don't havephnate binary, you don't hyphenate bipolar. It's oneword. It's B is. The...

...initial makes sense. In other words, the initial for bicycle is not BC, it's B. Be is the initialfor bicycle. B is the initial for bipolar. Bipolar disorder is bd. Or how about just calling it bipolar? If you must initialize Shit, getthe initials right. BPD is for borderline personality disorder. BP is forblood breast or so there's no bipolar, there's no BP for bipolar anything.Get it right. That's the first step, and I you know, identify yourcondition accurately before you start treating it. So get that straight. Bd isbipolar disorder. BPD borderline personality disorder. You got that. You got themon facebook. I think the reason I get wound up about this isbecause when I said it like really factually in this few words as possible,just saying hey, you know, bd is bipolar Di Disorder, bpd isbpd is borderline personality disorder, and that...

...was in a bipolar group. Soa lot of people were getting confused. I corrected somebody and they said,how dare you, you piece of Shit on your high horse, or somesomething to that effect. That's how I interpreted it and maybe my personality disorderinterpreted that incorrectly, but piece of shit typically just has kind of one meaning. Right anyway. That's why I get wound up about just fucking get itright. Go Look on the Internet if you need to. It's like WikiPD. That Shit. Go to the Mayo clinics website. Borderline personality disorderis bpd. Bipolar disorder is bed. Clear, clear, cool. Okay, I do this all the time. I like it wound up and thenI have to go. But it's easy. In the editing software you can justyou scroll out and it's like that. It is right there at the blankspace. You Zoom in, you cut out the part where I needto breathe. Put it back to together. Call the PODCASTS. Okay, sowhat you've got it labeled correctly.

Now you know which one you have. Totally understand that you might actually have both and they might be co mingledand it might take years and years or decades to unwind. That's sound scary, but you know, it's just part of life. It's like people withany other conditions. They take a while to figure out what they have andthen they start working on fixing it so they can function in society. Sothe interesting thing about borderline personality disorder is that you don't know you have itat first. In fact, a lot of times you'll establish this condition asa kid through some kind of trauma or your environment or whatnot, you'll startto perceive the world inaccurately, let's say. So when people do or say thingsto you, your survival instincts kick in and you start to respond ininaccurate ways. After a while those paths get carved in your brain deeper anddeeper and today now you have a personality...

...disorder. Fortunately, borderline is notas sinister as some of the others. You might look at narcissistic personality disorder. That's a big one in the news right now. So that one's prettynasty and don't confuse that with borderline. Please don't confuse that with borderline.But so if you're curious about personality disorders, just go look through the whole lotof them on the Internet. But know that the way to treat thoseis a lot of its dialectic behavioral therapy, where you talked to someone, aprofessional who's trained in dpt that can kind of reflect back to you thethings that you're saying and hearing through life. So if you're hearing one of thethings that I get back a lot is when I say things like everythingor everybody or nobody or never. By speaking in those kind of like superharsh universal terms, you've kind of painting yourself into a corner for like,all, nobody ever calls me, then we'll fuck eventually nobody will ever callyou that. That's the kind of rationale there. So dbt helps you breakdown those things, helps break down the...

...negative self talk, and that's alwaysa good thing, but they're unfortunately, there's no meds for borderline personality disorder. Bipolar, on the other hand, there's lots of medicine for that,depending on which route the doctors want to go. Often they start with themania. They want to calm you down, they want to make sure that you'regetting aid out of but it is they want to make sure that you'regetting eight hours of sleep and that you're not, you know, so depressedthat you want to jump off the bridge. So that's great about bipolar. It'slike, Oh, okay, there is actually medicinal help. The downsideis the depression part of bipolars often the last thing treated. They often willgo towards the Mendia first. They'll help you sleep and whatnot, but you'restill depressed, unfortunately. And on the flip side, if you have borderline, then they're they're really are no meds for that part. Specifically. Theremight be meds for social anxiety or PTSD...

...or the other things, but specifically, if it's just borderline personality disorder you talking about, there's not a medicinefor that. You have to get therapy or find somebody that knows how toto speak that language. So to recap, borderline personality disorder to me is theinability to choose the right emotion for the circumstance. Bipolar disorder is theinability to govern the amount of energy I give that emotion for any circumstance.When you add the two, I can clearly be picking the wrong emotion fora circumstance and putting way too much gas on that fire, which makes mereally difficult to live around and with for a long period of time. AndI think a lot of people with these two particular mental health issues find themselvesalone and isolated a lot just because it's difficult when the person you're talking tois not reacting the right way. If...

...you say blue and they say read. You know I'm oversimplifying, but you get it. If the person thatyou're talking to is not reacting in a predictable way. Like it's kind oflike the same way as Geez I guess talking to a drunk. You justdon't know how they're going to respond when they're drunk. It's kind of thesame way when a bipolar person is going through an episode. You just it'sso unpredictable how they might reply. I can understand why people don't want tobe around that. That said, this episode is about the differences between thetwo. So if you're going to get help and you feel like you're crazy, you feel like your emotions don't match the circumstances, definitely check into both. See if you might match up with borderline personality disorder, Hashtag BEPD,or if you are more into like maybe bipolar, Hashtag bipolar style. Sothat's about all I've got today. I'm...

...glad we made it through the weekend. I look forward to seeing you on facebook maybe and definitely download more ofthis. If you found us here at psycho dot media on Facebook, followus over there at Psych Media Group. On twitter and look for this particularpodcast, bipolar style, on Itunes at Apple podcast. I'm Johnny Emotions forthis here bipolar style podcast, and on behalf of Psych Dot media. Thanksfor listening. If you liked what you heard, subscribe on Apple, podcastby itunes and join us at by color stylecom than spill its.

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