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Episode · 4 years ago

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 at by 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 assaulting your 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 rough week last week, typically do around the holidays. I'm not going to get into 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 get on with it. So today we're going to talk about bipolar disorder versus borderline personality disorder. These two things get confused,...

...conflated, mixed up, miss initialed all kinds of things all the time, and I'll go through it as kind of a an experiencer of both. I don't want to say a sufferer because sounds like I'm making myself to be a victim, although it is suffering for sure, but let's just say I end or both bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder. So let me tell you just my experience. You can read up 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 are easy to understand. So imagine your brain does many, many things. One of them is selecting the correct emotion for any given situation. So if somebody offends you, it should select anger or...

...you know, things like that. If you see a sad movie, you should select sorrow, sadness and things like that. That's the selector. There's another part of your brain that is in charge of applying the amounts, like the gas pedal. How much gas to give it, how much you know, how much emphasis to put on that particular 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. You can't control how much to step on the gas, so to speak. When you combine that with borderline personality disorder, which is picking the wrong pedal in the 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 one of my favorite rants. I get a lot of heat about correcting people about this on the Internet, but if we...

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

...initial makes sense. In other words, the initial for bicycle is not BC, it's B. Be is the initial for bicycle. B is the initial for bipolar. Bipolar disorder is bd. Or how about just calling it bipolar? If you must initialize Shit, get the initials right. BPD is for borderline personality disorder. BP is for blood 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 your condition accurately before you start treating it. So get that straight. Bd is bipolar disorder. BPD borderline personality disorder. You got that. You got them on facebook. I think the reason I get wound up about this is because when I said it like really factually in this few words as possible, just saying hey, you know, bd is bipolar Di Disorder, bpd is bpd is borderline personality disorder, and that...

...was in a bipolar group. So a lot of people were getting confused. I corrected somebody and they said, how dare you, you piece of Shit on your high horse, or some something to that effect. That's how I interpreted it and maybe my personality disorder interpreted 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 it right. Go Look on the Internet if you need to. It's like Wiki PD. That Shit. Go to the Mayo clinics website. Borderline personality disorder is bpd. Bipolar disorder is bed. Clear, clear, cool. Okay, I do this all the time. I like it wound up and then I have to go. But it's easy. In the editing software you can just you scroll out and it's like that. It is right there at the blank space. You Zoom in, you cut out the part where I need to breathe. Put it back to together. Call the PODCASTS. Okay, so what 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 mingled and 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 with any other conditions. They take a while to figure out what they have and then they start working on fixing it so they can function in society. So the interesting thing about borderline personality disorder is that you don't know you have it at first. In fact, a lot of times you'll establish this condition as a kid through some kind of trauma or your environment or whatnot, you'll start to perceive the world inaccurately, let's say. So when people do or say things to you, your survival instincts kick in and you start to respond in inaccurate ways. After a while those paths get carved in your brain deeper and deeper and today now you have a personality...

...disorder. Fortunately, borderline is not as 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 pretty nasty 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 lot of them on the Internet. But know that the way to treat those is a lot of its dialectic behavioral therapy, where you talked to someone, a professional who's trained in dpt that can kind of reflect back to you the things that you're saying and hearing through life. So if you're hearing one of the things that I get back a lot is when I say things like everything or everybody or nobody or never. By speaking in those kind of like super harsh 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 call you that. That's the kind of rationale there. So dbt helps you break down those things, helps break down the...

...negative self talk, and that's always a 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 the mania. They want to calm you down, they want to make sure that you're getting aid out of but it is they want to make sure that you're getting eight hours of sleep and that you're not, you know, so depressed that you want to jump off the bridge. So that's great about bipolar. It's like, Oh, okay, there is actually medicinal help. The downside is the depression part of bipolars often the last thing treated. They often will go towards the Mendia first. They'll help you sleep and whatnot, but you're still depressed, unfortunately. And on the flip side, if you have borderline, then they're they're really are no meds for that part. Specifically. There might 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 medicine for that. You have to get therapy or find somebody that knows how to to speak that language. So to recap, borderline personality disorder to me is the inability to choose the right emotion for the circumstance. Bipolar disorder is the inability 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 for a circumstance and putting way too much gas on that fire, which makes me really difficult to live around and with for a long period of time. And I think a lot of people with these two particular mental health issues find themselves alone and isolated a lot just because it's difficult when the person you're talking to is 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 that you're talking to is not reacting in a predictable way. Like it's kind of like the same way as Geez I guess talking to a drunk. You just don't know how they're going to respond when they're drunk. It's kind of the same way when a bipolar person is going through an episode. You just it's so unpredictable how they might reply. I can understand why people don't want to be around that. That said, this episode is about the differences between the two. 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. So that'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 of this. If you found us here at psycho dot media on Facebook, follow us over there at Psych Media Group. On twitter and look for this particular podcast, bipolar style, on Itunes at Apple podcast. I'm Johnny Emotions for this here bipolar style podcast, and on behalf of Psych Dot media. Thanks for listening. If you liked what you heard, subscribe on Apple, podcast by itunes and join us at by color stylecom than spill its.

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