Mental illness personality test

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Test

Personality DisordersBorderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

Complete the following to get an assessment on the likelihood that you or a loved one is displaying symptoms of borderline personality disorder. All results are completely private.

Medical ReviewerRandy Bressler, PsyD

Who Is This Borderline Personality Disorder Quiz For?

The questions below relate to life experiences common among people who have borderline personality disorder. Please read each question carefully, and indicate how often you have experienced the same or similar challenges in the past few weeks.

If you are taking the quiz for someone else such as a husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, parent, or child you should provide answers you think they'd supply. Ideally you'll have the loved one complete the test themselves and take the results to a doctor or licensed professional.

How Accurate Is It?

This quiz is NOT a diagnostic tool. Mental health disorders can only be diagnosed by a licensed mental health professional or doctor.

Psycom believes assessments can be a valuable first step toward getting treatment. All too often people stop short of seeking help out of fear their concerns aren't legitimate or severe enough to warrant professional intervention.

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Borderline Personality Disorder

How is borderline personality disorder (BPD) diagnosed?

There is no definitive test to diagnose borderline personality disorder (BPD). It is diagnosed through a clinical interview with a licensed mental health professional, explains Simon A. Rego, PsyD, chief psychologist at Montefiore Medical Center and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, both in New York City.

The mental health professional may ask the person to complete some assessment measures to aid in the diagnosis. They may also talk with the person’s previous health care providers, look at earlier medical evaluations, and conduct interviews with friends and family.1

Who can diagnose borderline personality disorder?

BPD is most often diagnosed by a mental health professional, such as a psychologist, psychiatrist, or social worker, says Simon A. Rego, PsyD, chief psychologist at Montefiore Medical Center and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, both in New York City.

What proportion of people with borderline personality disorder are women?

About 1.4% of adults in the U.S. have BPD1, and it is estimated that around 75% of those diagnosed with borderline personality disorder are women.2 However, more recent research suggests that BPD may be equally as common in men, but is often misdiagnosed as another disorder, such as post-traumatic stress disorder or depression, says Simon A. Rego, PsyD, chief psychologist at Montefiore Medical Center and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, both in New York City.

How long does it take to diagnose borderline personality disorder?

Diagnosing BPD typically takes one or two sessions, says Simon A. Rego, PsyD, chief psychologist at Montefiore Medical Center and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, both in New York City. “However, because borderline personality disorder can be confused with other disorders, such as bipolar disorder, unfortunately, getting the correct diagnosis can take some time,” he explains.

For example, a 2009 study found that 74% of the patients who met the criteria for the condition had never been diagnosed with BPD in the past, despite an average of more than 10 years since their first “psychiatric encounter.”3

Why are more women diagnosed with borderline personality disorder?

Some researchers think that there may be biological, psychological, and social/environmental factors that predispose women to BPD, says Simon A. Rego, PsyD, chief psychologist at Montefiore Medical Center and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, both in New York City. However, he explains, evidence also suggests that the difference may be accounted for by a “diagnostic gender bias.”

A diagnostic gender bias means that if the person is a woman, she is much more likely to receive the diagnosis of BPD than if she were a man reporting the same symptoms, Rego says.

What can borderline personality disorder be mistaken for?

The most common diagnoses that borderline personality disorder is mistaken for are bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety disorders, and eating disorders, says Simon A. Rego, PsyD, chief psychologist at Montefiore Medical Center and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, both in New York City.

What are the criteria for borderline personality disorder?

The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) outlines the criteria for a diagnosis. BPD is diagnosed on the basis of (1) a pervasive pattern of instability of interpersonal relationships, self-image, and affect (the outward display of a person's emotional state, including their speech, body language, and gestures) and (2) marked impulsivity beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by at least five of the following nine criteria:

  1. Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment; this does not include suicidal or self-mutilating behavior covered in criterion 5
  2. A pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating between extremes of idealization and devaluation
  3. Markedly and persistently unstable self-image or sense of self
  4. Impulsivity in at least two areas that are potentially self-damaging (e.g., spending, sex, substance abuse, reckless driving, binge eating). This does not include suicidal or self-mutilating behavior covered in criterion 5.
  5. Recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures, or threats, or self-mutilating behavior
  6. Affective instability due to a marked reactivity of mood (e. g., intense episodic dysphoria, irritability, or anxiety usually lasting a few hours and only rarely more than a few days)
  7. Chronic feelings of emptiness
  8. Inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger
  9. Transient, stress-related paranoid ideation or severe dissociative symptoms

What does it feel like to have borderline personality disorder?

BPD is characterized by intense emotional highs and lows, and can make someone feel very anxious, depressed, and unstable, says Simon A. Rego, PsyD, chief psychologist at Montefiore Medical Center and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, both in New York City.

A person with BPD can have mood swings and unstable relationships. They tend to view things in extremes, as in all good or all bad. Their opinions of other people can change quickly. For instance, they may see a person as a friend one day and an enemy the next. 1

Can BPD go away?

While BPD has historically been seen as a lifelong, very disabling mental health condition, recent research is challenging this assumption. Now it appears that there may be a positive trajectory over time, with many of the most troubling symptoms remitting during the first few years. Unfortunately, other symptoms may remain for longer periods.

Even though many psychotherapies have been developed to help people with BPD, long-term recovery in social functioning is still difficult for them, says Simon A. Rego, PsyD, chief psychologist at Montefiore Medical Center and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, both in New York City.

  1. National Institute of Mental Health. Borderline Personality Disorder. Page Last Revised December 2017. Accessed June 7, 2021.
  2. National Alliance on Mental Illness. Borderline Personality Disorder. Page Last Reviewed December 2017. Accessed June 7, 2021.
  3. Myerson D et al. Is Borderline Personality Disorder Underdiagnosed? Abstract No. 51 of Scientific and Clinical Reports, American Psychiatric Association 162nd Clinical Meeting, May 2009, San Francisco, California.

Notes: This article was originally published June 27, 2022 and most recently updated June 28, 2022.

FREE 3-Minute Schizophrenia Test & Screening: Get Instant Results


Do I have schizophrenia? Take this schizophrenia quiz to see if you may benefit from diagnosis and treatment from a mental health professional

Medical ReviewerRandy Bressler, PsyD

Who Is This Schizophrenia Quiz For?

Below is a list of 10 questions designed for people who are concerned about schizophrenia. Read each question carefully, and indicate how often you have experienced the same or similar challenges.

If you have any been struggling for a month or more and those struggles have caused difficulties in functioning for the past six months, let your doctor know. This interactive quiz has been structured in a manner to allow for a short and simple self-assessment. The questions relate to life experiences common among people who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia and are based on criteria in the DSM-5.

How Accurate Is It?

This quiz is NOT a diagnostic tool. Mental health disorders can only be diagnosed by licensed healthcare professionals. Schizophrenia is a chronic brain disorder that is difficult to diagnose. Just over 1% of the US population is estimated to have schizophrenia.

Psycom believes assessments can be a valuable first step toward getting treatment. All too often people stop short of seeking help out of fear their concerns aren't legitimate or severe enough to warrant professional intervention.

Learn More About Schizophrenia

  • The American Psychiatric Association offers an in-depth guide to the disorder for patients and their families.

  • The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) has an overview including symptoms, causes and treatment options.

  • Mental Health America offers some early warning signs of the disorder and contact info for The Schizophrenia & Psychosis Action Alliance (formerly called the National Schizophrenia Foundation) and National Institute of Mental Health, among other resources.

How to Get a Diagnosis

Schizophrenia can only be diagnosed by a medical doctor or mental health professional. A doctor may use tests like MRIs, CT scans or blood tests to check for physical causes for your symptoms. If those can be ruled out, a psychiatric evaluation will be given in which a health care professional will ask about the symptoms you are experiencing, as well as for a family medical history.

The diagnostic criteria for schizophrenia come from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), published by the American Psychiatric Association.

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If you think you may have schizophrenia, Psycom strongly recommends that you seek help from a doctor in order to receive a proper diagnosis and support.

Schizophrenia FAQs

How do doctors test for schizophrenia?

There are no laboratory tests to diagnose schizophrenia. Instead, a doctor will perform a physical evaluation, review your medical history, and may use various diagnostic tests, such as a blood test, MRI, or CT scan to rule out any other conditions. If there are no physical reasons for the symptoms, the individual is referred to a psychiatrist or psychologist, for further assessment. A diagnosis is made based on the symptoms the person is experienced and the psychiatrist’s observation of their behavior.

Is schizophrenia genetic?

Genetics are just one factor in the cause of schizophrenia. Doctors do not believe that one gene is responsible, but that it takes many genetic mutations to raise your chances of having the disorder. While schizophrenia does tend to run in families, it is possible for people with no family history of schizophrenia to be diagnosed with it themselves. Research suggests that a combination of genetic, physical, psychological, and environmental factors make it more likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia.

What is the major difference between a diagnosis of schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder?

The main difference between schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder is the presence of a mood disorder. For people with schizoaffective disorder, the mood disorder is a prominent and persistent part of their condition. People with schizophrenia may experience mood episodes, but the total duration of the mood symptoms is brief and psychotic symptoms are more frequently present.

What type of schizophrenia has the most favorable diagnosis?

The prognosis of schizophrenia is more dependent on the factors relating to the individual themselves, rather than the sub-type of schizophrenia they are diagnosed with. Research suggests multiple factors are associated with a more favorable prognosis: being female, rapid onset of symptoms, older age of first episode, and the presence of predominantly positive symptoms are all examples of such factors.

What co-morbid disorders can often accompany a diagnosis of schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia can co-occur with and be exacerbated by a variety of other mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, substance use disorder, panic disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Some studies have identified depression as the most common comorbidity to occur with Schizophrenia, with up to half of patients with Schizophrenia also experiencing depression.

What are the early signs of schizophrenia?

The most common early signs of schizophrenia may include social withdrawal, depression, hostility, oversleeping or insomnia, inability to cry or express joy, and deterioration of personal hygiene. The early stage of the schizophrenia is called ‘the prodromal phase’. It is difficult to diagnose schizophrenia during this early stage, as these symptoms could result from a number of other problems.

Can someone with schizophrenia live a normal life?

While schizophrenia cannot be cured, with the right treatment plan many people with schizophrenia can live relatively normal lives outside of a healthcare setting. The treatment must be ongoing for the person with schizophrenia to continue to live a productive, fulfilling life, including maintaining a job or socializing with friends and family.

At what age is schizophrenia diagnosed?

Schizophrenia usually develops after puberty, with most people being diagnosed with schizophrenia in their late teens to early 30s. The typical age of onset and diagnosis also varies between males and females. Males are more likely to be diagnosed in their late teens to early 20s, while females are more likely to be diagnosed in their late 20s to early 30s.

Can you see schizophrenia on a brain scan?

Brain scans cannot single-handedly reveal schizophrenia. Brain scans can help doctors to make the right diagnosis for a variety of mental health disorders, but they are not yet intricate enough to reliably diagnose mental health conditions on their own.

  • National Institute of Mental Health. Schizophrenia. Accessed July 13, 2021.
  • American Psychiatric Association. What is Schizophrenia? Accessed July 13, 2021.
  • Buckley, P. F., Miller, B. J., Lehrer, D. S., & Castle, D. J. (2009). Psychiatric comorbidities and schizophrenia.
  • Schizophrenia bulletin, 35(2), 383–402. Accessed 4/11/2021.

Notes: This article was originally published June 16, 2021 and most recently updated January 26, 2022.

Test for mental disorders

The human psyche is so amazing that it is hardly possible to say something irrefutable, the only correct one about it. This gives rise to many theories and diagnoses. And given the crazy pace of modern life, it is not surprising that the number of people with neurosis or psychosis has increased significantly. This test for mental disorders will help recognize signs of abnormalities or a predisposition to them, if any.

1. Are there things, people, or activities that can quickly and permanently distract you from anxiety, bad mood, or even completely calm you down?

No, lately nothing makes me happy, and I lose interest in everything that made me happy before.

I have protracted states when nothing can improve my mood. And then I enter another “mode”, and it becomes difficult for me to concentrate, there is chaos in my head, I take on everything at once.

Yes, but most often my mood changes when I suddenly start hearing voices or seeing signs that speak of my exclusivity. Then I feel like a chosen person.

Yes, these are short but systematic activities that I need to do all the time when I'm worried about something. I understand that I cannot refuse to perform these tasks, I am obliged to do them.

Yes. As a rule, this is the support of loved ones, favorite hobbies, memorable or just pleasant things (graduation photo album, delicious food, good music, etc. ).

2. Have you ever thought about intentionally hurting yourself physically?

Yes, I have a desire to mutilate myself or commit suicide.

This desire appears periodically, and it lasts for a long time, but then abruptly disappears.

Sometimes I hear voices or other people's thoughts telling me to do something bad to myself.

Under the influence of anxiety, fear, panic, I sometimes cause physical harm to myself without noticing it at first (I scratch the skin until it bleeds, hit, pinch myself). Or I have an obsessive fear of death, infection, injury.

No, I have no such thoughts or intentional desire to hurt myself.

3. Choose the statement that best suits you.

My affairs, appearance, health, social status are often completely indifferent to me.

I had periods when I obsessively followed other people, believed that there was a conspiracy around me, or suddenly began to abruptly look for life-threatening, extreme sensations.

Sometimes I have hallucinations or delusions. Sometimes it is very difficult for me to distinguish the real from the fictional. I do not always distinguish between dream and reality.

I have 'rituals' that I must follow, even if I may be late for work, a flight, or miss an important meeting. This is something like shifting small objects one at a time, senseless actions, accurate counting of objects, etc.

None of the above or the symptoms are subtle.

4. Do you have a strong long-term desire to avoid contact with anyone, even with those closest to you?

Yes, I don't want to see anyone at all, and this goes on for weeks.

Sometimes this feeling happens, but then everything changes dramatically, and I become an oversociable and very active person.

I sometimes want to isolate myself from other people. And if I do, then I feel strange, as if everything around me is unreal. Unusual images, visions may appear.

This desire arises when I want to punish myself or when I think that association with people can put my life in serious danger.

I may have a desire to be alone with myself, but it does not last more than a couple of days.

5. Do people around you think that your actions or words are very strange and definitely not normal?

Yes, they think that my apathy and depressed mood are inadequate reactions.

Yes, sometimes they say that I behave like a real psycho-maniac, although they sometimes say that I have a terrible depression that requires the intervention of a doctor.

Sometimes they literally do not understand my language, they ask me to repeat words or whole sentences, they say that there is absolutely no logic in my reasoning and that this is a sign of deviation.

Yes, they do not understand the reasons for my actions at all and consider me paranoid with unhealthy perfectionism.

Not at all. Sometimes I have misunderstandings with others, but there is nothing critical in them.

6. How often do you have insomnia?

Often. Although there is no objective reason for this, I just lose sleep. This state lasts for weeks, and even months with short breaks.

Sometimes I can not sleep at all for several days in a row because I am bursting with inner energy. On those days, I feel like I don't need sleep at all.

No/mild insomnia, but it is often difficult to know when sleep ended and wakefulness began or vice versa.

I very often cannot fall asleep under the influence of disturbing, terrifying thoughts for which there are no objective reasons.

In general, I have a normal sleep, and if insomnia occurs, it happens not so often and always has a reason (stress, disturbed sleep schedule, acclimatization, etc.).

7. How often do your thoughts become negative, pessimistic, or anxious, and you feel overwhelmed?

Often, and such states last for weeks, I can't do my usual activities, I lose interest in old hobbies.

Often and for a long time, and then something suddenly “switches” in me, and I become noticeably more active, more cheerful, I can do in a week what I could not do for months.

Sometimes, while concentrating, remembering something, and thinking in general, it becomes difficult. Sometimes I see strange things.

Systematically. I can't get my mind off these thoughts. At such moments, I begin to perform repetitive actions that calm me down.

Everything, like everyone else. Sometimes I have negative thoughts, but they have specific reasons.

8. Is there anything that you fear so much that it really poisons your life and prevents you from enjoying it?

Yes, it is a fear for my future or the future of my loved ones, an increased fear of death.

Sometimes I am very worried about the future, and sometimes I am afraid of conspiracies against myself, persecution. There are also moments when I realize that I am not afraid of anything at all.

Sometimes I'm afraid of what's going on in my head. Sometimes I'm scared because I feel like I'm seeing, feeling, or hearing something that doesn't exist or that no one else notices.

I am constantly anxious, I often have frightening or nervous thoughts in my thoughts, which are very difficult for me to get rid of. Often they are groundless.

I have a few fears, like all people, but in general they do not interfere with my life.

9. Have you ever been diagnosed with any of the following by psychotherapists/psychiatrists?

Depression (any type).

Bipolar disorder (BAD).

Schizophrenia or its varieties.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

None of the above.

10. Can you give clear logical explanations for most of your actions?

I can't see enough valid reasons to explain my depressed mental state and emaciated physical state.

I don't know how to explain why I can be depressed for half a year and then become a very energetic person for the next weeks or months.

I can understand the reasons for my actions (although not always), but they are not always logical, and I feel that others around me cease to understand me.

Some of my actions defy logic at all, but I know that I simply have to do them, otherwise something bad will happen.

In general, yes. I can explain most of my actions from a logical point of view.

Personality disorder test online free of charge

Instruction : answer all questions: yes or no. Do not think over the answers for a long time, do not skip questions.

The personality disorder test is based on the criteria for personality disorder in ICD 10 and will show what kind of person you have been in the past five years.

Personality is a complex of stable stereotypes of thinking and reactions to external stimuli. It forms the perception of the surrounding world and relationships with other people. Disorders are manifested in deviations from the usual style of behavior. Take the Personality Disorder Test Online. It will show the specifics and degree of development of the disease. The test is available for free and without registration.

Personality disorders are caused by acute stress and emotional distress. The nervous system is experiencing a critical situation with failures that are fixed in a new behavior model. This leads to maladjustment of a person, a decrease in social activity. He becomes uncomfortable and unpleasant in communication.

There are three clusters of personality disorders:

  • A: paranoid, schizoid and schizotypal deviations accompanied by eccentric and unstable behavior;
  • B: borderline, hysterical, antisocial and narcissistic manifestations. Form dramatic, exaggerated character traits;
  • C: obsessive-compulsive, dependent and avoidant manifestations. Occurs under the influence of anxiety, fear.

Symptoms are often complex. They are difficult to identify the type of mental disorders.

The presented questionnaire consists of 59 questions covering all known manifestations of a personality disorder.

What this test is for

The Personality Test is for self-diagnosis. It will help to justify violations of the habitual pattern of behavior and a change in worldview. The survey can be completed at home, in a comfortable environment, which is much easier to organize if you are afraid or do not trust doctors. The technique is useful for people who are concerned about their well-being. In some cases, the test will be educational and entertaining.

The result of the test is not a medical diagnosis, but will indicate the presence of potential mental health risks. Based on them, a person will be able to seek medical help and stop the development of abnormalities at an easy stage.

Is the personality disorder hereditary

According to studies, the inheritance rate is about 50%. The indicator slightly exceeds the value of heredity for the main mental pathologies. This fact refutes the theory about the occurrence of a personality disorder against the background of a deterioration in a person’s character. Its main causes are genetics and stress.

Is it possible to cure a personality disorder on your own?

Mental disorder is a serious problem. It is impossible to cope with the disease on your own. It is important to stop the disease in the early stages in order to avoid irreversible personality changes and avoid unnecessary costs for treatment.

How to respond to a positive test result

The conclusion of the test needs to be clarified by a clinical examination by a psychiatrist. Even if the conclusion is confirmed, in most cases the patient does not require isolation. Only a few types of personality disorder have an antisocial, aggressive character. In this case, changing the circle of communication can be useful. In parallel, sedatives will be prescribed to control the manifestation of symptoms.

Physical activity, diet and psychological practices contribute to a speedy recovery. The psychiatrist will select a set of therapeutic measures individually.

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