borderline personality disorder

[ bawr-der-lahyn pur-suh-nal-i-tee dis-awr-der ]
/ ˈbɔr dərˌlaɪn ˌpɜr səˈnæl ɪ ti dɪsˌɔr dər /

noun Psychiatry.

a personality disorder characterized by instability in many areas, as mood, identity, self-image, and behavior, and often manifested by impulsive actions, suicide attempts, inappropriate anger, or depression. Abbreviation: BPD

Origin of borderline personality disorder

First recorded in 1975–80

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British Dictionary definitions for borderline personality disorder

borderline personality disorder


psychiatry a mental condition on the dividing line between a psychiatric disorder and normality characterized by impulsiveness, extreme mood swings, and often aggressiveness
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Medical definitions for borderline personality disorder

borderline personality disorder
[ bôrdər-līn′ ]


A personality disorder marked by a long-standing pattern of instability in interpersonal relationships, behavior, mood, and self-image that can interfere with social or occupational functioning or cause extreme emotional distress.
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