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I was told I have rapid mood swings and I might have BPD. Can anyone tell me if this is true?

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Last Updated: 04/05/2020 at 3:35pm
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April 5th, 2020 3:35pm
Rapid mood swings are indeed a symptom of BPD. However, there are other conditions that could explain them and they are not enough to establish a diagnosis of BPD. BPD is defined as a pervasive pattern of instability in interpersonal relationships, self-image, and emotion, as well as marked impulsivity. A diagnosis is usually established when the person meets at least five of the following criteria: 1. Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment; 2. A pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by extremes between idealization and devaluation; 3. Markedly or persistently unstable self-image or sense of self; 4. Impulsive behavior in at least two areas that are potentially self-damaging (e.g., spending, sex, substance abuse, reckless driving, binge eating); 5. Recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures, or threats, or self-harming behavior; 6. Emotional instability in reaction to day-to-day events (e.g., intense episodic sadness, irritability, or anxiety usually lasting a few hours and only rarely more than a few days); 7. Chronic feelings of emptiness; 8. Inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger; 9. Transient, stress-related paranoid ideation or severe dissociative symptoms. BPD is a serious condition and cannot be self-diagnosed. Please talk to a clinician or therapist to get properly assessed and also receive the best care.
December 13th, 2019 3:16am
Hey love, how are you? Having rapid mood swings is one of the symptom of bpd, there 8 others and a minimum requirement of relatability to 4 or 5 symptoms. Have a go at the symptoms at any certified site and if you can relate to other symptoms too, get some help and consult a psychiatrist or psychologist. There are other reasons and mental illness which cause rapid mood swings too if borderline personality disorder is not something you can relate to or just talking to someone when there is too much in your head is important too Ps we have a bpd guide you can check out Stay safe and strong❤️
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