borderline personality disorder

noun

: a personality disorder that is marked by unstable, intense emotions and mood with symptoms including instability in interpersonal relationships and self-image, fear of abandonment, and impulsive or unpredictable behavior and that has an onset during adolescence or early adulthood
Like others with borderline personality disorder, she had intense and unstable relationships with people that veered from adoration to intense hatred and jealousy the moment she felt the merest slight.Richard A. Friedman
Borderline personality disorder afflicts an estimated 1.3 percent of U.S. adults.Bruce Bower
abbreviation BPD

Examples of borderline personality disorder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The doctors were given one of two case studies: the first, about a patient with borderline personality disorder; the other, about a patient with major depressive disorder. Katie Engelhart, New York Times, 3 Jan. 2024 For example, research has found that, under the right genetic and environmental conditions, chronic childhood invalidation is a risk factor for developing borderline personality disorder (BPD).3 10 Ways to Be a Better Parent 4. Maressa Brown, Parents, 17 Dec. 2023 As a psychiatrist, a psychoanalyst and for many years a professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. Stone also conducted a long-term study of patients with borderline personality disorders, including those who had contemplated suicide. Sam Roberts, New York Times, 16 Dec. 2023 One record includes the case of a Dutch woman in her 30s with autism and borderline personality disorder. Timothy H.j. Nerozzi Fox News, Fox News, 28 June 2023 Davidson added that the trauma of the ordeal left him with severe abandonment issues — a symptom of borderline personality disorder. Emily St. Martin, Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2023 The singer was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, complex post-traumatic stress disorder and borderline personality disorder, and spent six years in and out of mental health facilities. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 26 July 2023 Beaten by her mother as a young girl, she was later diagnosed with complex post-traumatic stress disorder, borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder, and acknowledged having suicidal thoughts in recent years. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, 26 July 2023 My mom probably has narcissism and borderline personality disorders but has never been diagnosed. Annie Lane, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of borderline personality disorder was in 1970

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“Borderline personality disorder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/borderline%20personality%20disorder. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

borderline personality disorder

noun
: a personality disorder that is marked by unstable, intense emotions and mood with symptoms including instability in interpersonal relationships and self-image, fear of abandonment, and impulsive or unpredictable behavior and that has an onset during adolescence or early adulthood
Borderline personality disorder afflicts an estimated 1.3 percent of U.S. adults.Bruce Bower
abbreviation BPD
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