Welcome to Personality Disorder Quiz

Do You Wonder if You Might Have a Personality Disorder?

Have you felt on edge, empty, and lonely for as long as you can remember? You might know that you are struggling with anxiety and depression but find yourself confused and frustrated when you try to figure out why. Like many people who share your symptoms of irritability and distress, you may have tried everything you can think of to ease this underlying fear, anger, and sadness.

Still, from exercise and mindfulness meditation to therapy and medication, nothing has brought you a lasting sense of wholeness. Perhaps it seems that you are fighting to navigate a world that’s always against you, and you don’t know why everything has to feel so hard. And, as you think about all of the challenges you have faced and the choices you have made, you might not know who you are.

To find a route toward greater peace and satisfaction, it is important to take a look at your thoughts, feelings, experiences, and relationships and identify what is driving your pain. The following quiz can help you assess any concerning symptoms, learn more about the signs of a personality disorder, and find out whether or not an assessment might offer you the answers and support you have been searching for.

Personality Disorder Quiz: Could a Psychodiagnostic Assessment Help You?

The following statements address some common underlying symptoms of several personality disorders, including Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder.

In this context, “personality” refers to a long-standing pattern of thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and relationships. It does not mean the disorder defines every aspect of a person; however, someone with a personality disorder does not have a strong sense of who they really are. And, having a “disorder” does not mean that you are broken. It just means that certain patterns are making it difficult to manage each day, let alone live the life you really want.

Although every person is unique and therefore experiences symptoms differently, these statements are adapted from the diagnostic criteria set forth in the DSM-5. Considering whether these statements ring “true” or “false” can help you better understand the hardships you have faced throughout your life.

This quiz is not meant to serve as a formal psychological assessment tool. It is important to note that personality disorders share many symptoms in common with other disorders, such as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and bipolar disorder. For example, impulsiveness and emotional sensitivity can present in all three. Only a trained, experienced professional can tease out symptom nuances and accurately diagnose a personality disorder. The right diagnosis is essential for effective treatment.

That said, reflecting on these statements and answering as honestly as possible can provide valuable clarity. This quiz can serve as a starting point on your journey toward recovery. From here, you can figure out next steps toward discovering and expressing your authentic self. Remember, this quiz is just for you, and no one will judge you for your answers. Also, note that regardless of your results, taking this quiz does not mean you are automatically committed to therapy. You are in charge, and your next steps are entirely up to you. Simply read each statement and answer T for True or F for False. Score one point per True answer. As you answer, try to think about your consistent experiences since adolescence or young adulthood, not just how you feel in this moment. Then, add up your points and read on to learn more about what your score signifies.

1. For as long as I can remember, I’ve felt a deep, heavy sense of loneliness.

2. I’ve always felt misunderstood, even by my closest loved ones.

3. I often feel that people are criticizing, judging, or attacking me.

4. I often feel I have to use drastic measures to keep people from leaving or abandoning me.

5. My emotions are very intense. When I feel something, the emotional volume is always turned up to 8-10.

6. When I feel hurt, I react quickly and strongly, and often say things I later regret.

7. People often say I take things to extremes. I’m “on” or “off,” with little in-between. (e.g., I either love someone or hate them.)

8. I often act impulsively, sometimes to my own detriment. (e.g., reckless driving, excessive drinking, unsafe sexual encounters, or excessive spending.)

9. My life always seems to be in a state of turbulence and turmoil. Some big drama is always happening, no matter what I try.

10. I have always felt somewhat empty.

11. I feel like I don’t really know who I am. (e.g., I don’t know what I stand for; I feel like I’m always changing to adjust and adapt to the people around me.)

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