The National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEABPD) and Dawkins Productions Inc. seek people who have a relative diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) to take part in a research study on living with BPD.
Researchers hope to use the study to learn about the impact educational video programs about mental illness may have on families living with a relative diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder.
Study participants will watch a series of videos and then fill out surveys about their experiences with and their knowledge of BPD. All responses will be kept confidential.
Only people who have family members diagnosed with BPD and who are 18 and older may participate in the study. No more than two people from the same family can participate.
All research will be conducted online, so participants must have access to a computer with an Internet connection and audio speakers. No formal education on Borderline Personality Disorder is necessary.
Compensation for the study is $25 for time spent viewing the online programs and responding to online BPD surveys four times during the six-month period of the study.
This study is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and approved by Western Institutional Review Board.
Study Offering BPD Treatment
Another upcoming study offers Borderline Personality Disorder treatment to eligible participants.
Researchers at Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute are studying effective ways to treat suicidal behavior and self-injury among people with BPD.
This six-month clinical trial will examine the effects of fluoxetine medication vs. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). To be eligible, study participants must meet all DSM-IV criteria for Borderline Personality Disorder, be between the ages of 18 and 65, have made at least one suicide attempt or attempt at self-injury, or have urges to self-injure or commit suicide.
Participants will be randomly assigned into either six months of treatment with DBT or with fluoxetine medication under clinical supervision. The group receiving medication can opt for an additional six months of DBT.
Aside from the BPD treatments, the study also requires several assessments through interviews and self-evaluations, several hour-long follow-up assessments, a stress procedure, and two functional brain imaging scans.
Participants must be relatively stable and not currently be receiving BPD treatment or taking any medications. Other factors that deem participants ineligible include substance abuse, a current Bipolar Disorder or schizophrenia diagnosis, pacemakers, or metallic implants.
Research participants will earn up to $375.
More information on these studies, as well as additional studies on Borderline Personality Disorder, can be found on the NEABPD website.