Recently several young people approached me and asked if I
could help them understand the difference between BPD and APD—because they had
heard that these two mental disorders varied in incidence based on gender. With
all the acronyms floating around these days I thought it prudent to ask what
those two acronyms referred to in their vocabularies. After all, they could
stand for bad puppy dog
or AWOL puppy dog!
They laughed and said,
"We wondered if you would make an assumption or ask a question."
[They had heard me talk about JOT behaviors, the 'J' representing 'jumping to
conclusions.'] It turned out that a classmate had been diagnosed with
Borderline Personality Disorder or BPD and they wanted to know how that
differed from Antisocial Personality Disorder or APD. Interestingly enough, I
had just spent some time with a cousin of mine who happens to have spent the
last fifty years as a practicing psychiatrist; and who went into the field
after a student at the same University committed suicide. In the conversation
my cousin mentioned that in his experience BPD is diagnosed much more commonly
in females and that likely APD is the male equivalent, it being diagnosed much
more commonly in males.
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