What is the Borderline Spectrum Test? (+ Sample Questions)

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Page last updated: 12/11/2022

In this post, we will be explaining what the Borderline Spectrum Test is. We have also given you a sample of the questions/statements that you can expect in a Borderline Spectrum Test in case you are consulting a mental health professional for this issue.

What is the Borderline Spectrum Test?

The Borderline Spectrum Test is a psychological tool which mental health professionals use to see where a person falls on the borderline spectrum. This is to basically check if a person has a Borderline Personality Disorder or not.

There are many Borderline Spectrum Tests developed by many organizations and experts. But most of them are inspired by the McClean Screening Instrument for Borderline Personality Disorder which was developed by Dr. Mary Zanarini et al.

Along with the main signs and symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder, this test also provides the main diagnostic criteria for the purpose of diagnosing if someone indeed has this mental condition.

While most questionnaires and quizzes which say that they are part of the Borderline Spectrum Test, they are not always meant for the purpose of diagnosis but can be used for simply better understanding of oneself and one’s mental health issues.

To diagnose if a person has Borderline Personality Disorder, the mental health professional, along with a team, will use diagnostic criteria among other tests and interviews before reaching a final conclusion.

Questions of Borderline Spectrum Test

In this section of the post, you will find a number of questions or statements which you can expect to find in a Borderline Spectrum Test. At the same time, remember that this quiz is not meant for diagnosis but to simply help you understand yourself better.

1)     I often find that I engage in reckless or dangerous behaviors which can endanger my life or others. These behaviors can include drinking too much alcohol, using drugs heavily, being highly promiscuous or unwise spending.

a)     Strongly disagree

b)     Disagree

c)     Neutral

d)     Agree

e)     Strongly agree

2)     I have a tough time controlling my anger and often lash out at my loved ones.

a)     Strongly disagree

b)     Disagree

c)     Neutral

d)     Agree

e)     Strongly agree

3)     I have tried to harm myself or have harmed myself. I have also tried to kill myself or threatened to kill myself.

a)     Strongly disagree

b)     Disagree

c)     Neutral

d)     Agree

e)     Strongly agree

4)     I feel empty all the time, no matter how much I have or how many loved ones I am surrounded by.

a)     Strongly disagree

b)     Disagree

c)     Neutral

d)     Agree

e)     Strongly agree

5)     I feel myself dissociating often or feeling spaced out from what is happening around me.

a)     Strongly disagree

b)     Disagree

c)     Neutral

d)     Agree

e)     Strongly agree

6)     I keep changing my career and my aims and goals in life all of a sudden with very little explanation.

a)     Strongly disagree

b)     Disagree

c)     Neutral

d)     Agree

e)     Strongly agree

7)     I am paranoid of my relationships with loved ones and I always am afraid that they will leave me or abandon me.

a)     Strongly disagree

b)     Disagree

c)     Neutral

d)     Agree

e)     Strongly agree

8)     I feel that my loved ones don’t care about me, even if they have been there for through thick and thin.

a)     Strongly disagree

b)     Disagree

c)     Neutral

d)     Agree

e)     Strongly agree

9)     Those around me are afraid that my mood will change all of a sudden.

a)     Strongly disagree

b)     Disagree

c)     Neutral

d)     Agree

e)     Strongly agree

10)  I am finding it hard to maintain productivity in any area of my life, including my work, school, or even my social relationships.

a)     Strongly disagree

b)     Disagree

c)     Neutral

d)     Agree

e)     Strongly agree

11)  I have experienced very passionate love in my romantic relationships. But they have not been stable and have been very traumatic for my ex-partners.

a)     Strongly disagree

b)     Disagree

c)     Neutral

d)     Agree

e)     Strongly agree

12)  I often change my perceptions or opinions of others in the blink of a second without any explanation.

a)     Strongly disagree

b)     Disagree

c)     Neutral

d)     Agree

e)     Strongly agree

Results of Borderline Spectrum Test

If your answers of the test were mostly a’s, you are not likely to suffer from Borderline Personality Disorder. If your answers were a mix of b’s and c’s it may be slightly possible that you are showing certain symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder.

If your answers in this test were mostly d’s, then it may be possible that you are demonstrating Borderline Personality Disorder, while if you have answered e’s to most of the questions, you most likely have this disorder.

Whatever your results may be, if you find yourself questioning your behavior and are confused by it, you can simply consult a psychiatrist or a therapist to reach a better conclusion. These mental health professionals will point you in the right direction.

Conclusion

In this post, we have explained what the Borderline Spectrum Test is. We have also given you a sample of the questions/statements that you can expect in a Borderline Spectrum Test in case you are consulting a mental health professional for this issue.

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Citations

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24850076/
https://www.idrlabs.com/borderline-spectrum/test.php
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5590952/
https://bpded.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s40479-020-00126-6
https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.626353/full
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/228478050_Borderline_personality_disorder_and_Autism_Spectrum_Disorder_in_females_-_A_cross-sectional_study
https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/neuroscience/borderline-personality-disorder