Borderline Personality Quiz

By Zanarini et al.

Use this quiz to help you determine
if you might need to see a mental health professional for diagnosis
of borderline personality disorder.


Instructions: This is a screening measure to help you determine whether you might symptoms consistent with borderline personality disorder. This screening measure is not designed to make a diagnosis of an eating disorder or take the place of a professional diagnosis or consultation.

Please take the time to fill out the below form as accurately, honestly and completely as possible. All of your responses are confidential.

I am a year old / /

  True False
1. Have you frequently felt unreal or as if things around you were unreal?
2. Have you had at least two other problems with impulsivity (e.g. eating binges and spending sprees, drinking too much and verbal outburst)?
3. Have you chronically felt empty?
4. Have any of your closest relationships been troubled by a lot of arguments or repeated breakups?
5. Have you often felt that you had no idea of who you are or that you have no identity?
  True False
6. Have you deliberately hurt yourself physically (e.g. punched yourself, cut yourself, burned yourself)?
7. Have you been extremely moody?
8. Have you made desperate efforts to avoid feeling abandoned or being abandoned (e.g. repeatedly called someone to reassure yourself that he or she still cared, begged them not to leave you, clung to them physically)?
9. Have you ever made a suicide attempt?
10. Have you often been distrustful of the other people?


This quiz is for personal or educational use only. All rights reserved. Based upon the research of: Zanarini MC, Vujanovic AA, Parachini EA, Boulanger JL, Frankenburg FR, Hennen J. A screening measure for BPD: The McLean Screening Instrument for Borderline Personality Disorder (MSI-BPD). Personal Disord, 17, 2003.  


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Last updated: 9 Nov 2017
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 9 Nov 2017
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