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1. of a phenomenon, straddling the dividing line between two categories.
2. a term used in psychiatry for personality disorders originally viewed as being on the border between psychosis and neurosis. See borderline personality disorder.
borderline personality disorder a personality disorder marked by various features of borderline personality organization, such as instability, impulsiveness, intense or poorly controlled anger, inability to tolerate being alone, and chronic feelings of emptiness. Affected individuals sometimes seem to be on the borderline of psychosis and are highly unstable in mood, behavior, self-image, and affect. None of the features of the condition are constant; behavior is highly unpredictable and such persons seldom achieve their full potential. Their interpersonal relationships are often stormy because of their shifts in attitude and their tendency to idealize, devalue, or manipulate others. Suicidal gestures and self-mutilation sometimes occur with this disorder. The American Psychiatric Association has published Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Patients with Borderline Personality Disorder, which is printed on their web site at http://www.psych.org.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
bor·der·line per·son·al·i·ty dis·or·der
1. an enduring and pervasive pattern that begins by early adulthood and is characterized by impulsivity and unpredictability, unstable interpersonal relationships, inappropriate or uncontrolled affect, especially anger, identity disturbances, rapid shifts of mood, suicidal acts, self-mutilations, job and marital instability, chronic feelings of emptiness or boredom, and intolerance of being alone.
2. a DSM diagnosis that is established when the specified criteria are met.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
borderline personality disorder
n. Abbr. BPD
A personality disorder characterized by impulsiveness and by a long-standing pattern of instability in interpersonal relationships, behavior, mood, and self-image, with symptoms often including intense anger and fear of abandonment.
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borderline personality disorderA prolonged disturbance of personality function in a person (usually understood to mean over age 18 years), characterised by unstable moods and unsatisfactory personal relationships, impulsivity, substance abuse, depression, anxiety and fear of abandonment.
Borderline Personality Disorder
1. Frantic efforts to prevent real or imagined abandonment.
2. A pattern of intense and unstable interpersonal relationships swinging between extremes of idealisation and devaluation.
3. Unstable self-image.
4. Impulsivity in 2+ areas and self-destructive potential (e.g., binge eating, driving, gambling, sexual relations, substance abuse).
5. Recurring suicidal or self-mutilating gestures or behaviours.
6. Marked lability of moods and affect.
7. Chronic feeling of “emptiness”.
8. Inappropriate anger and inability to control anger.
9. Transient stress-related paranoid ideation or dissociative symptoms.
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borderline personality disorderPsychiatry A disorder of adult onset, which is characterized by instable interpersonal relationships, self-image, and affect, impulsivity in various contexts, and fluctuations in intense moods
Borderline Personality Disorder
- Frantic efforts to prevent real or imagined abandonment
- A pattern of intense and unstable interpersonal relationships swinging between extremes of idealization and devaluation
- Unstable self-image
- Impulsivity in 2+ areas & self-destructive potential, eg binge eating, driving, gambling, sexual relations, substance abuse
- Recurring suicidal or self-mutilating gestures or behaviors
- Marked lability of moods and affect
- Chronic feeling of 'emptiness'
- Inappropriate anger and inability to control anger
- Transient stress-related paranoid ideation or dissociative symptoms
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
bor·der·line per·son·al·i·ty dis·or·der(bōr'dĕr-līn pĕr-sŏn-al'i-tē dis-ōr'dĕr)
A mental disorder in which the symptoms are not continually psychotic yet are not strictly neurotic: may include impulsivity and unpredictability, unstable interpersonal relationships, inappropriate or uncontrolled anger, identity disturbances, rapid shifts of mood, suicidal acts, self-mutilations, job and marital instability, chronic feelings of emptiness or boredom, and intolerance of being alone.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
borderline personality disorderA psychiatric disorder intermediate between normality and genuine psychiatric illness. A person with a borderline disorder is impulsive, often aggressive, with unexpected swings of emotion from depression to elation and a tendency to regard others as enemies.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
Borderline personality disorder (BPD)
A pattern of behavior characterized by impulsive acts, intense but chaotic relationships with others, identity problems, and emotional instability.
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