borderline personality disorder

noun

Definition of borderline personality disorder

: 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

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1970, in the meaning defined above

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“Borderline personality disorder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/borderline%20personality%20disorder. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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borderline personality disorder

noun

Medical Definition of borderline personality disorder

: 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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