Borderline Personality Quiz

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 / /
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?

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 or on more than two occasions, threatened suicide?

10. Have you often been distrustful of the other people?




Learn More About Borderline Personality Disorder

“Borderline” means to be in-between one thing and another. And that perfectly describes a person with this disorder, as they ping-pong back and forth between relationships, emotions, and their view of themselves.

The symptoms of borderline personality disorder (BPD) are characterized by a long-standing pattern of unstable relationships, an effort to avoid abandonment, and impulsivity in decision-making. People with this condition often swing between emotions easily, which directly impacts their relationships with others and their own self-image.

As with most personality disorders, these are long-standing, intractable patterns of behavior and thoughts. Most people don’t see out treatment for BPD directly, but rather will present at times during emotional or life turmoil as a result of their symptoms.

Learn more: Borderline Personality Disorder Symptoms

Living with BPD

Since BPD is often a life-long condition, it’s important for people to learn ways that can help them best manage the symptoms associated with the diagnosis. That means not only engaging in treatment, but making a commitment to engaging in life changes to help a person reduce the symptom intensity or duration. Most people with BPD can find a way to live successfully with this disorder, but it may take some time for a person to find the right treatment provider and have the adequate motivation needed to change.

Learn more: Living With Borderline Personality Disorder

Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder

Treatment for BPD is available and effective. The most common type of treatment is a form of psychotherapy called dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). This has been shown to be an effective intervention in dozens of scientific studies, and is well-tolerated by most people who give it a try.

The treatment approach consists of individual therapy, group skills training, and phone (or online) coaching. It’s a weekly commitment of 2-4 hours every week, which tends to be a bit more than traditional psychotherapy approaches.

Learn more: Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment


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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Leichsenring, F., Leibing, E., Kruse, J., New, A.S., & Lewek, F. (2011). Borderline personality disorder. Lancet, 377, 74–84.

Torgersen, S., Kringlen, E., & Cramer, V. (2001). The prevalence of personality disorders in a community sample. Arch Gen Psychiatry, 58, 590-596.


Psych Central Research Team

Psych Central quizzes are developed by Dr. John M. Grohol, Psy.D. in conjunction with other psychological researchers, based upon scientific studies and/or the official diagnostic criteria for a disorder. Dr. Grohol is a published researcher, author, and mental health expert, and he currently sits on the scientific board of Computers in Human Behavior. Learn more about how we develop our psychological tests.

APA Reference
Research Team, P. (2020). Borderline Personality Quiz. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 27, 2020, from


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Last updated: 3 Jun 2020
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 3 Jun 2020
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