Borderline Personality Disorder as disabling as Bipolar Disorder

People with borderline personality disorder (BPD) tend to suffer similar deterioration of their psychiatric and physical health as those with bipolar disorder, according to new research published in the British Journal of Psychiatry.

“Despite the clinical and public health significance of both of these disorders, it sometimes seems as if BPD lives in the shadow of bipolar disorder,” said researcher Mark Zimmerman, M.D., director of outpatient psychiatry at Rhode Island Hospital.

Bipolar disorder is a widely researched, well-publicized, well-funded topic. By contrast, BPD is seldom discussed and it is not included in the Global Burden of Disease study, a comprehensive registry that quantifies diseases by cost, mortality, geography, risk, and other factors.

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10 thoughts on “Borderline Personality Disorder as disabling as Bipolar Disorder

  1. bpdtransformation says:

    This is very misleading – even without treatment, many people with Borderline PD label improve to the point where they are no longer diagnosable as BPD and can function well in a job or relationship. Here is data on that:

    As for the article you cited, how can this research be valid and meaningful when neither BPD nor biplar are valid, reliable categories?

    I encourage you to check out an alternative viewpoint on the validity of psychiatric diagnosis, such as this:

    Perhaps yes, “people with BPD” will tend to have increasing/psychiatric problems when they are not given good treatment. But people are not inert vessels who are “acted on” by their illnesses. They can get help and change the course of their lives. Isn’t that what your site is about?

    So, it is not as inevitable as this overly medical conception of people’s problems make it sounds.
    People are unique individuals, and if a group of “borderlines” received good, intensive, long-term interpersonal intervention (e.g. long-term psychotherapy), then the outcome would likely be quite different, i.e. they would live much longer and be much healthier. I wrote about this kind of improvement due to external intervention here –

    I recommend you to think a little more carefully next time you cite an article from the medical-industrial complex of psychiatry. Such viewpoints as the one you described do not promote hope and optimism, which are sorely needed for people labeled with these illusory conditions.


    • cherished79 says:

      Thank you for taking the time to comment.

      My blog was set up in 2007 to include articles that I composed about my struggle with mental illness, and include news and info found in the news, or topics of interest to me, and I post them. They aren’t necessarily my opinion or belief, and I’m not an expert on every subject or try to be.
      My intention is to cover a wide scope of topics relating to mental illness, therefore, if I see an article relating to say bullying or eating disorders …then I will add it as a post. It’s up to the reader to decide to read it if interested, fantastic if the article was informative and served its purpose, but if it wasn’t, well, that’s their opinion and they can let me know via comment. Don’t get me wrong, my blog is important to me.

      I have bipolar disorder, more hypomania, and I am not an expert on this disorder, but I sure have struggled with it, researched to find articles written that may describe new findings so I can learn more and perhaps my readers can too. Perhaps in your opinion my sources aren’t as informed as yours are, but my blog isn’t there for going into depth on a particular topic such as yours.

      It’s fantastic that you are devoting your blog to the struggle you have had with BPD, and to collect as much reliable info as possible; what a wonderful source to go to for people, but that isn’t how my blog works. I’m posting a news story, with a link to the news article that’s quick and easy to read. Research is endless and reported daily, and if I feel it newsworthy, then I feel inclined to post it.


  2. Gale A. Molinari says:

    Suffering is suffering whatever label you put on it but I do agree that more research needs to be made into Borderline. I think some therapists don’t think it is real or misdiagnose it. Often times they can be labeled as Narcissitic as well. The illnesses are not the same so the treatment should not be. Where some drugs help the bipolar they may be detrimental to the narcissist or borderline.


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