How Does Borderline Personality Disorder Differ From Clinical Depression?

Question by W E: how does Borderline personality disorder differ from clinical depression?
From what I have read, I don’t understand the difference. A friend said Borderline personality disorder is similar to Munchhausen with the person only wanting mental disorders. Is this correct?

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Answer by Idontknow
Borderline personality disorder differs a lot from clinical depression. People who are clinically depressed are exactly as you imagine, hopeless, lack energy, sad, experience crying spells, appetite changes etc. but are not unstable in their self image or relationships, they’re depressed, but not really crazy, even the people with psychotic depression are not as whacked out weirdos like those with borderline personality disorder.

People with borderline personality appear emotionally unstable, they’ll be screaming that they hate you one minute and then as soon as you try to leave, they’ll be at your feet crying that they are sorry that they are such a bad friend, lover, sibling, spouse whatever. These kind of people are extremely needy and emotionally draining.

Borderlines may try to seem supportive but, if you don’t fall for their every need, you’re scum. They fear abandonment.

Have extremely rigid views of others, people are either good or bad, nothing in between.

Borderlines are often abusivev or possessive. If you make a borderline upset, you are the scum of the earth. If you make one happy, they love you but, in a creepy dependent kind of way.

Borderlines can get violent. They are extremely impulsive, maybe they sleep around or spend too much money or engage in other self destructive behaviours. Self-injury and attempts at suicide, though it can occur with depression or other issues, is common among borderlines. Drug use and addiction is common too. (It differs from bipolar disorder, because those with bipolar disorder only become impulsive and excessive when hypomanic or manic, not all the time like a borderline).

Borderlines have no sense of self, they feel empty, not emotionally empty like someone who is depressed might say when feeling apathetic, but empty, like they are nothing. (People with bipolar disorder have a sense of self despite their mood swings, borderlines feel empty all the time, people with bipolar disorder do not).

Borderlines are less likely to benefit from medication and even therapy. Often mental health professionals have to drop them because they are so unstable and helpless.

Basically, a depressed person is going to be depressed, sad, disinterested, possibly irritable etc. Depression is a mood disorder and there is hope but, if you meet a borderline? Run like hell. It’s not worth it, buddy. These people are screwed up to the core, that’s why they call it a personality disorder.

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