Until defining characteristics were established almost 40 years ago in the DSM-III, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) was a vague and ambiguous concept. Because a primary characteristic is mood swings, some early researchers insisted BPD was merely a variation of Bipolar Affective Disorder (BAD). After all, if there could be Bipolar I and Bipolar II, why wasn't so-called Borderline Personality Disorder something along the line of Bipolar IV, V, or VI? ...
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