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BPD – A Masked Illness : And Why It’s Hard To Identify


We have seen from other posts how childhood trauma, especially multiple and cumulative trauma, is strongly associated with the development of borderline personality disorder (BPD) in adult life.

However, many BPD sufferers are at risk of going undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.

The reason for this is that BPD can generate a number of symptoms associated with other conditions that mask the underlying illness (BPD).

Sadly, because of this, BPD can go undiagnosed for years, decades or a whole lifetime.

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Why BPD is Sometimes Mistakenly Diagnosed.

BPD mistaken diagnosis

One of the main reasons that borderline personality disorder (BPD) is sometimes believed to be a misdiagnosis is that it has symptoms in commom with two other disorders. These are :

1) Asperger’s Syndrome (a milder form of autism).

Steven Fry suffers from bipolar

Steven Fry suffers from bipolar

2) Bipolar Disorder. This used to be called manic-depression – its key feature is that it produces dramatic mood swings ,eg from being suicidal to being ecstatic, in those who have the disorder (as you might well already know,

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