Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a personality disorder characterized as a prevalent pattern of emotional instability regarding interpersonal relationships and self-image, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-5). The traits of BPD typically develop in adolescence or early adulthood. Now BPD is associated with a disorder of emotional regulation and not with schizophrenia at all. Most psychiatrists and mental health treatment professionals relate BPD to other trauma-induced disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

According to a study by Dr. Bridget F. Grant et al., approximately 6 percent of people in the United States have BPD. Of that 6 percent, only 20 percent of people with BPD go through treatment. People with BPD usually have co-occurring disorders: approximately 60 percent of people with BPD also have anxiety disorders and 50.9 percent of BPD patients have co-occurring mood disorders like depression. In addition to co-occurring mental health disorders, about half of people with BPD have substance use disorders.

If BPD goes untreated, co-occurring conditions like mental health disorders and substance use disorders can develop and make managing symptoms even harder. That’s why it’s important to recognize if you have BPD so that you can seek treatment for the disorder to learn how to best manage its symptoms.

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Test

This confidential borderline personality disorder quiz can help you evaluate your symptoms and be used as a guide to help you recognize if you have a borderline personality disorder. Upon entering a valid email address and submitting the BPD test, you will receive an email explaining your symptoms and recommended next steps.

Please note that this self-assessment cannot substitute for an official, clinical diagnosis of BPD. Only a medical professional can diagnose you with a personality disorder like BPD. To determine whether you need BPD treatment, discuss your results with a mental health professional.

The questions for this self-assessment are based on the diagnostic criteria from the DSM-5.

Please answer “yes” or “no” for each question.


Do you find yourself making frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment?
Do you have patterns of unstable or intense interpersonal relationships?
Have you experienced unstable feelings about your self-image or sense of self?
Do you experience impulsivity that can be damaging to yourself or others?
Have you engaged in suicidal behavior or self-mutilation?
Do you experience intense dysphoria, irritability or anxiety?
Do you have feelings of emptiness?
Do you have difficulty controlling your temper?
Do you experience temporary paranoia episodes or a loss of reality?
Do you frequently feel separation or rejection from others?
Do you have an intolerance to being alone and a need to be in the presence of others?
Do you feel that people you’re in relationships with don’t care enough?

Your assessment results will appear on the next page. Please enter your information to proceed to your results.

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