borderline personality disorder

Pronunciation: (BOR-der-LINE PER-suh-NA-lih-tee dis-OR-der)

A serious mental illness marked by unstable moods and impulsive behavior. People with BPD have problems with relationships, family and work life, long-term planning, and self-identity. Symptoms include intense bouts of anger, depression, and anxiety that may lead to self-injury or suicide, drug or alcohol abuse, excessive spending, binge eating, or risky sex. A person with BPD who is diagnosed with cancer may be at an increased risk of suicide. Also called BPD.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

2006-01-25 Date last modified: 2007-01-18