Zanarini Rating Scale for Borderline Personality Disorder (ZAN-BPD)


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The Zanarini Rating Scale for BPD is a nine-item, validated, clinician-based diagnostic interview. It assesses the severity of DSM-IV-based Borderline Personality Disorder symptoms. This scale also measures meaningful changes in symptoms over time.

The 0-4 points rating ranges from No Symptoms (0) to Severe Symptoms (4) for the following categories:

Affective: Inappropriate anger / frequent angry acts; chronic feelings of emptiness; mood instability

Cognitive: Stress-related paranoia / dissociation; severe identity disturbance based on false personal beliefs

Impulsive: Self-mutilation and/or suicidal efforts; two other forms of impulsivity

Interpersonal: Unstable interpersonal relationships; frantic efforts to avoid abandonment