Have you been diagnosed with (or tested for) borderline personality disorder (BPD), and are aged 18-45? You may be able to take part in a research study to help learn more about brain function in people with BPD. This study involves interviews and an MRI scan. Participants will be compensated.
The purpose of this study is to gather information about moods, behaviors, personality traits, and biological factors that may be related to a condition known as Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). BPD is a serious mental disorder characterized by difficulties controlling emotions, troubled personal relationships, and other problems. In this study, researchers will compare people with and without psychiatric disorders, and hope that these findings will lead to improved assessments and treatments for people with BPD.
COULD THIS STUDY BE RIGHT FOR YOU?
• Ages 18-45
• Experiencing symptoms of borderline personality disorder (troubled personal relationships, chronic feelings of emptiness or boredom, difficulty controlling anger or frustration, mood swings, self-destructive or impulsive behaviors, or history of self-inflicted pain or injury)
• No current drug or alcohol dependence and no illegal drug use
• Not pregnant
• No history of seizure disorder
• No history of a physical disorder that has known psychiatric consequences, such as hyper- or hypothyroidism, or insulin-dependent diabetes
• Willing and able to have an MRI scan
WHAT PARTICIPANTS CAN EXPECT
Participants will be interviewed about their moods, behaviors, and personality traits, and will complete self-report questionnaires. Some participants may undergo an fMRI (functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan. An fMRI scan is an imaging technique for measuring brain function. fMRI is non-invasive and does not involve radiation.
IRB:PRO12080286B - Psychobiology of Suicidal Behavior in Borderline Personality Disorder: An fMRI study of Suicidal Behavior in BPD
Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic and UPMC Presbyterian
Up to $175