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Is Depression Different in Borderline Personality Disorder?

By October 17, 2010

There is a very high rate of comorbidity between borderline personality disorder (BPD) and depression. In fact, one study found that about 96% of patients with BPD met criteria for a mood disorder.

Many experts have noticed that depression often presents differently in patients with BPD than in those without. In other words, the quality of depression seems to be different in BPD. For example, whereas depression is typically associated with feelings of sadness or guilt, depression in BPD has been described as being associated with feelings of anger, deep shame (i.e., feeling emotionally like a bad or evil person), loneliness, and emptiness. Read more...

Do you have both depression and BPD? Would you say that your depression presents differently than the typical feelings of sadness and guilt?

October 20, 2010 at 3:31 pm
(1) Sarah says:

Once again….I’m taken to this very un-helpful blog for those who already know they have BPD and are working on it. This blog is for a basic, basic understanding of the general idea of BPD.
Besides the dire simplicity of this blog, I’m kind of upset that I clicked on “coping with triggers” and was instead taken to this fluffy blog. Please don’t mislead your readers with fake link titles. I don’t want to be tricked into visiting, thank you.

October 21, 2010 at 1:26 pm
(2) bpd says:

Hi Sarah,

Sorry you are disappointed with this blog– my readership spans a wide range of individuals, many of whom are recently diagnosed and looking for knowledge (or have a family member who was recently diagnosed.)

If you are looking for more information, this site has more than 200 articles on various topics related to BPD, some geared toward those with more or less background knowledge. I have recently written a few articles on coping with triggers, which I also blogged about (which is why a search on coping with triggers brought you to this blog).

Coping with Triggers

When to Avoid Triggers

How to Identify Your Triggers

Hope this is helpful.


October 29, 2010 at 12:50 am
(3) liyana says:

I just found out about BPD yesterday, n I think I might have it but I’m no sure. are there any blogs or websites that I can ask questions relating to my problems?

January 11, 2011 at 2:43 pm
(4) Jayne says:

I have BPD and reading this made me realize how different my depression is. It’s not just feeling sad it’s feeling guilty and that I am just a bad person. I think about killing myself because I don’t think I deserve to live not because I’m sad. Thank you for helping me identify how different it is so I can focus on dealing with the real problem.

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