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Borderline Personality Disorder Test

Posted Feb 23 2009 9:39pm

The following questions for the Borderline Personality Disorder Test are taken directly from the DSM IV


1. Does the person go through frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment?

2. Does the person have a pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating between extremes of idealization and devaluation?

3. Does the person have a identity disturbance: markedly and persistently unstable self-image or sense of self?

4. Does the person have a impulsivity in at least two areas that are potentially self-damaging (e.g., spending, sex, substance abuse, reckless driving, binge eating)?

5. Does the person have recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures, or threats, or self-mutilating behavior?

6. Does the person have 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. Does the person have constant feelings of emptiness?

8. Does the person have inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger (e.g., frequent displays of temper, constant anger, recurrent physical fights)?

9. Does the person have transient, stress-related paranoid ideation or severe dissociative symptoms?

Borderline Personality Disorder Test Results
To meet the diagnostic criteria for Borderline Personality Disorder a person needs to have five out of the nine criteria. It should be mentioned that like the depression test a doctor is looking for a long standing pattern of behavior. When it comes to substance abuse the diagnostic Borderline Personality Disorder test results can get messed up for it is difficult to tell whether the substance is causing the behavior or it has nothing to do with it.

To see The Borderline Personality Disorder Criteria broken down and applied to my life check out this post: Borderline Personality DSM Criteria
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