borderline personality disorder

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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.

borderline personality disorder

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(Psychiatry) 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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1980, Organic brain dysfunction and the borderline syndrome, Psychiatric Clinic of North America, 4, 47-66.
The chapter describes the smoking addiction as acting at once like a tenacious regression to the earliest life function of respiration and as a sinister retrovirus advocating the heathen demon weed tobacco and taking over the life of the host: regressive and preemptive addictive processes that derive from comfort-seeking, locked in by the stop-smoke cycle and defended by the complexities of the borderline syndrome.
Such children may be variously diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Childhood Schizophrenia, Childhood Borderline Syndrome, Multiple Complex Developmental Disorder or Childhood Psychosis (Towbin, Dykens, Pearson, & Cohen, 1993).

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