Clinical Differentiation of Bipolar II Disorder From Borderline Personality Disorder

Adam Bayes; Gordon Parker; Kathryn Fletcher


Curr Opin Psychiatry. 2014;27(1):14-20. 

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Childhood Trauma

A history of childhood trauma (emotional, physical or sexual abuse) is not a distinctly differentiating feature as high rates are associated with both disorders – approximately 50% in bipolar disorders and 60–80% in BPD.[5] Bassett[5] suggests that those with BPD and bipolar may differ in terms of the form of childhood trauma experienced or their vulnerability to such trauma, but formal studies are lacking.