This test is designed to help you understand whether you may have Borderline Personality Disorder. Borderline personality disorder is a mental health condition characterized by a person who has a difficult time maintaining long-term interpersonal relationships due to the way they process their emotions and feelings.
This online screening is not a diagnostic tool. Only a trained medical professional, like a doctor or mental health professional, can help you determine the next best steps for you.
“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.
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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.
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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