The British Journal of Psychiatry
Is borderline personality disorder a mood disorder?
Gordon Parker
  • Declaration of interest



Borderline personality disorder is by its very naming positioned as an Axis II personality disorder and thus seemingly distinct from an Axis I mood state. Clinical differentiation of those with a borderline condition and those with a bipolar disorder is commonly held to be difficult, so raising the question as to whether they may be independent or interdependent conditions, and allowing several possible answers.


  • Funding

    Funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (Program Grant 1037196).

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