Dating a borderline man

A major difference between the psychosis characteristic of normal bipolar disorder and schizoaffective disorder is that bipolar symptoms will remit when the mood disorder episode is over.This is generally not the case with regard to schizoaffective disorder wherein mood symptoms are more or less constant (although they may change in character they will not entirely disappear), while psychotic symptoms may wax and wane.

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Schizoaffective disorder is a diagnosis characterized by the simultaneous presence of both the mood disorder characteristic of bipolar disorder and the psychotic thought problems characteristic of Schizophrenia.

Although psychosis can occur in a mood disorder, the presence of psychosis during a bipolar mood episode is not sufficient by itself to merit the diagnosis of Schizoaffective Disorder which is only made when the full criteria for diagnosis of both a mood episode (such as a manic, mixed or major depressive episode) and criterion "A" for the diagnosis of schizophrenia are present.

Criterion A of the schizophrenia diagnosis states that a person must be suffering from two or more of the following symptoms of schizophrenia during a one month period: hallucinations and/or delusions, disorganized speech and behavior, or limited emotional expression, thought and speech, and lack of motivation.

A severely depressed individual may hear voices that confirm their negative emotions and convince them to commit suicide.

Borderline personality disorder represents a situation where that normal social and emotional maturation process becomes interrupted, due to trauma or difficult life circumstances that interact with temperamental (instinctual) emotional sensitivity.

Mood swings in the context of borderline personality disorder are thought of as 'software' problems brought on by changes in the patient's perception and appraisal of their social situation.This is in contrast to bipolar disorder patients whose mood swings are thought of as occurring due to brain chemistry problems (e.g., a 'hardware' problem).It is not at all easy to differentiate borderline mood swings from those, which might be attributed to ultradian rapid cycling bipolar disorder.I know how borderline insane that sounds, but I did that too when I was single: About six months after a long relationship ended, I dated two men, a professor and a crazy person, basically on two opposing sides of the spectrum, for about a month simultaneously. I knew I wasn’t serious about both, didn’t get hung up on either, and walked away bruise-free.Of course, once I met someone stellar, I stopped with the two-timing and focused my energy on one wonderful man.Of course, this is impossible if feelings get tied up, heartstrings are plucked and all of that, but if you’re just casually dating, this is one serious benefit.

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