Is ‘Borderpolar’ a Real Mental Health Diagnosis?

Before Days of Our Lives star Linsey Godfrey, 33, learned the term “borderpolar,” she was being treated for bipolar disorder but still struggled significantly with her mental health.

Then in December 2019, Godfrey received an additional diagnosis: borderline personality disorder (BPD). According to PeopleGodfrey felt relieved to finally have an answer for symptoms – such as relationship instability, feelings of worthlessness or emptiness, and issues with controlling impulsiveness and temper – which persisted despite the treatment she was receiving at the time.

Godfrey told People that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), medication, and a strong personal support system have helped her become “happy and healthy.” Godfrey shares her story of her to help others with similar mental health issues and advocate for accessible treatment.

Borderpolar, Explained

So what is borderpolar? First, borderpolar is a term, not a diagnosis listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. It’s a shorthand description for individuals like Godfrey who have been diagnosed with both bipolar disorder and BPD.

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