Borderline Personality Test

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.

Instructions: For each item, indicate how much you agree or disagree with the statement. This takes most people about 5 minutes to complete. Take your time and answer truthfully for the most accurate results.


I am a year old /

1. I nearly always feel “empty.”

2. I find that I often do one or more of the following: drive recklessly, engage in unsafe sex, abuse alcohol or drugs, binge eat, gamble or spend money recklessly.

3. Sometimes when I’m stressed out — especially if someone has abandoned me — I can get very paranoid, feel myself “spacing out” or dissociate.

4. I often idealize others, especially when I first meet them, and feel comfortable in sharing the most intimate details with them. But I often feel that these same people don’t care enough and aren’t there enough for me.

5. I’m sometimes very angry, extremely sarcastic and bitter, and feel like I have a hard time controlling this anger.

6. I’ve engaged in self-mutilating, self-harm, or suicidal behaviors, gestures or threats.

7. I often experience a sudden shift in the way I look at myself and my life, and completely change my goals, values and career focus.

8. I’m often afraid that others will abandon or leave me — so I’ll make frantic efforts to avoid this abandonment (even when it’s not real).

9. My mood can shift between extreme periods of anxiety, depression or irritability in just a few hours or days.

10. My views of others — especially those I care about — can shift dramatically and without any warning.

11. I would say most of my romantic relationships have been very intense — but not very stable.

12. I’m currently experiencing enough problems in this area of my life that it’s negatively impacting my ability to
go to school, work, be with friends or family, or have a romantic relationship.



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


Based upon the diagnostic criteria for Borderline Personality Disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. All rights reserved. For personal, educational or research use only; other use may be prohibited by law.


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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.

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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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