Self Assessment on Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) aka 'Borderline Syndrome'

Self-Assessment on Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) aka "Borderline Syndrome"Deutschsprachige Version:

Do you show related symptoms?

The following screening test has been developed by me to assist in detecting symptoms of a Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) (link: German language article) according to the criteria outlined in the DSM IV manual.

Note: this is as screening test, no diagnostic test - so it can't replace a medical, psychological or psychotherapeutic diagnosis. A screening test is used to distinguish between individuals who require a detailed examination of certain symptoms and those where it is not required.

The test involves 40 questions and will take about 4 minutes to complete.
After submitting your answers, your results will be displayed (at no cost at all).

Privacy is considered as important by me as a psychotherapist: your answers will be saved for statistical purposes, but without any personal reference which would allow a conclusion about your identity. To avoid abuse of this questionnaire, your IP address will be recorded.


I agree
0=absolutely not    3=definitively
1. In my family there was substance abuse (alcohol, prescription drugs, narcotics,..)
I'm a habitual or compulsive user of narcotic drugs / alcohol / prescription drugs /..
2. It doesn't take much for me to fall into anger.
3. I still have the same goals and priorities for my life as I had 2-3 year ago, and I also have relatively clear objectives for the upcoming 3 years.
4. Sometimes I am falling into deep emotional holes (with feelings of anxiety or depression).
5. With some people, I have a quite extreme relationship: I deeply love them, but they can also burn me up.
6. Sometimes I feel very lost and lonely, and this can be very hard to bear.
7. It is difficult for me to maintain stable and lasting friendships.
I occasionally hurt myself on purpose
I am prone for smaller or bigger accidents.
9. Sometimes, I find myself in feelings of extreme, paralyzing boredom - although there would actually be enough for me to do.
10. "I know who I am." - This statement applies to me
11. Sometimes I'm not sure about my sexual preferences or what direction it really takes me.
12. Mostly I find ways and means to achieve my goals. If necessary, I will help for a little.
13. Due to psychological problems, I already had contacts with psychiatry (hospitalization, psychological or psychiatri assessment(s) etc.), or it has been recommended to me to see a psychiatrist or psychotherapist.
14. In my life, I occasionally had the feeling to to lose control over myself, to "lose it" or to "go ballistic".
I have memories of sexual abuse or violence (very harsh punishments also count), eg by parents, relatives or other people)
I was left in the lurch by my parents in early ages (eg, separation, given away for adoption, to child and youth homes, nonparental supervision, ...)
16. I'm often spending much more than I planned.
17. I often get in intense anger, which in some cases can lead to brawls or fights.
18. If I feel very bad, it can lead to such an extent that I am hurting myself (or at least announce to do it).
19. Sometimes I use actions or make decisions without thinking enough about the consequences.
20. I am a person with severe mood swings.
21. I tend to "black and white painting", to statements as "that's so.."/"that isn't.." or "You/they always..."/"You/they never..." with no gray area - without closer considerations.
22. When I talk to other people, it often happens that they find it difficult to follow my train of thought.
23. I quickly lose my equilibrium when things go awry / different to what I expected.
24. I have already taken significantly more on a drug than prescribed.
25. If I fall into anger, it takes some time, until I calm (or let someone calm myself).
26. Some people say/said about me that I was manipulative and sneaky.
27. Within the last 2 years, I had recurrent thoughts of suicide.
When I'm alone,
When I have nothing to do,
I easily get 'cabin fever' / start climbing the walls - boredom or the feeling of emptiness burden me above average.
29. Occasionally, I'm stealing something from stores.
30. There are periods when I tend to binge eating.
31. I'm scared of being alone.
32. Wenn I ought to write a three-page essay on what really matters to me in life, I would not think twice, and could immediately start to write.
33. I'm very afraid of being abandoned by the people I love.
34. If I am under extreme stress, I sometimes have an ominous feeling that I could 'crack up', to be swept off my feet, or to completely lose control of myself.
I have broken many a time trainings, psychotherapy, medical treatment, school, etc., changed or lost my job more than average
I have more broken relationships behind me than other people my age
Some of my friends, I sometimes wonder whether they really are the right ones for me
AND/ORI often wonder whether my relationship partner is the right one for me.
37. Sometimes I'm extremely bored.
38. I find it not easy to empathize with other people.
Sometimes I can't avoid the feeling that someone pursues me
AND/ORSometimes I have the feeling that certain parts of my body don't belong to me
AND/ORSometimes, I perceive things (visually or acoustically) of which I doubt that they are real.
40. I have fears (eg. of blushing, public speaking, of certain animals, from storms, fear of heights, from dirt, from spreading) that I just can't get rid of.

Sex:   male   female   other


I live in:  

Relationship status:

Do you currently have personal problems bothering you?

If you answered YES to the previous question related to problems:
Do you think that your problems might be related to you having aspects of a borderline personality disorder: work (0=no problems caused by a borderline personality disorder at work 3=serious problems caused by BPD at work):
...privately (relationship, friends) (0=no private issues caused by borderline personality disorder (BPD) 3=serious private problems caused by BPD):

Are you currently undergoing a psychotherapy, sex therapy or counseling?
yes   no

Which of the following categories describes your primary occoupation best?

My self-assessment on possibly having aspects of borderline personality disorder:

Click "Analyze!", after that the result will be displayed (if the questionnaire was completed).