Dear Dr. Heller,
What are the characteristics that someone has BPD and not another
The official DSM IV criteria are available and define the disorder. There are similarities with many disorders, but to me the "trapped" or "cornered" animal instinct inappropriately kicking in is the key.
Without stress borderlines have inappropriate mood swings, chronic anger, and emptiness. Under stress, dysphoria (anxiety, rage, depression and despair) and other psychotic problems occur. Patients can have both the BPD and other disorders.
All the informations on this site are with an aim of helping to understand a "particular" disease at the very least and puzzle
But more especially to support peoples who suffer, sick or not. In all cases, it is ESSENTIAL to have recourse to a therapist specialized in the disease to confirm or to cancel a diagnosis
Though it is the name doesn't much matter, which is important, it is to apply "the right" treatment to each patient