Depression & Mood Disorders
Depression and mood swings are a common complaint for those with Borderline Personality Disorder. Sometimes these moods are just part of life, sometimes they are more problematic and symptoms of depression or Bipolar Disorder (manic depression).
The symptoms of bipolar and borderline personality disorder can seem similar. How do you know what your true diagnosis is?
Major depression is diagnosed when specific symptoms of depression are present for at least 2 weeks.
Bipolar disorder is characterized by mood swings alternating between periods of mania and periods of depression. The "mood swings" between mania and depression are often very abrupt, but are very different in presentation from Borderline Personality Disorder.
Dysthymia refers to a chronic depression. Although the symptoms are less intense than major depression, they have to be present, more often than not, for at least 2 years.