Personality Disorders: Borderline vs. Narcissistic

A frustrated and depressed woman sitting on a chair

Personality disorders are characterized by a lack of impulse control, inappropriate emotional responses, distorted thinking patterns, and social impairment. According to studies, a personality disorder is diagnosed in over 10 to 13 percent of the world’s population, which requires adequate mental health services to live a mentally and emotionally healthy life.

Borderline vs. Narcissistic

However, there are different types of personality disorders, and it’s important to distinguish between them in order to get the right treatment from the get-go. To get started, let’s look at the differences between Borderline Personality Disorder & Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

A person with borderline personality thinks they are unlovable and seek attention because they fear the void where validation and intimacy from others are not present. Here’s a list of symptoms:

  • Desperately trying to avoid rejection
  • Showing clingy and dependent behaviors
  • Impulsive behavior
  • Emotionally unstable, including feelings of irritability or anxiety
  • Feeling demotivated, empty, and low
  • Outbursts of intense anger
  • Paranoia and suspicion
  • Suicidal attempts and self-harm

Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD)

A person with NPD is convinced that they are better than everyone else; however, this is just an underlying fear that they are worthless. These people are constantly trying to preserve the illusion of superiority rather than addressing their vulnerabilities and fears. They want everyone to believe that they are special. Here’s a list of symptoms of people with NPD:

  • Being selfish
  • Bragging about their accomplishments and superior traits
  • Constant urge to insult others
  • Always criticizing
  • Dominating relationships
  • Seeking attention
  • Fantasizing about wealth, fame, and power
  • Moody
  • Impatient
  • Envious nature
  • Difficulty in adapting to change

Treatment of Personality Disorder:

a person seeking behavioral health services in New Mexico

If you or anyone you may know is showing similar symptoms, you can get mental health services. A personality disorder treatment center such as  Ziks Health Services can help you with the diagnosis to effectively overcome both Borderline Personality Disorder and Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Our health professionals have great experience in dealing with such disorders. We offer a range of services, including telepsychiatry, depression treatment, and telemedicine in New Mexico and Dallas.

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