Borderline or Bipolar? Distinguishing Borderline Personality Disorder from Bipolar Spectrum Disorders

@article{Paris2004BorderlineOB,
  title={Borderline or Bipolar? Distinguishing Borderline Personality Disorder from Bipolar Spectrum Disorders},
  author={Joel Paris},
  journal={Harvard Review of Psychiatry},
  year={2004},
  volume={12},
  pages={140–145}
}
  • J. Paris
  • Published 1 May 2004
  • Psychology
  • Harvard Review of Psychiatry
&NA; This article addresses the question whether borderline personality disorder (BPD) can be understood as a variant of bipolar disorder. In the past, borderline pathology has been seen as a variant of psychosis, depression, or posttraumatic stress disorder, but there are important differences between all of these conditions and BPD. The proposal that BPD falls within the bipolar spectrum depends on the assumption that affective instability develops through the same mechanism in both… 
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