This disorder that in the past has been extremely difficult to treat, is estimated to affect nearly half a million Australians. Current treatments are based largely on untested theories and the assumption that those with the condition have difficulties with how they think and feel about other people.
Petersen and her team are trying to determine what specific social problems are present in people with this disorder in the hope that this will allow for the development of more effective treatments.
The study will interview subjects with BPD as well as those without to determine if there is a difference in the way those with the disorder understand their own and other people’s emotions and thoughts.
Those participating in the study will be asked to answer questions and complete tasks during a one on one session with a research psychologist. All those involved will be reimbursed up to $60 for their time and effort.
The research team is currently looking for participants who wish to take part in the study. Those who have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder as well as members of the general public who wish to be part of the non-clinical group are encourage to contact Robyn Petersen at the Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science on 9850 4122.