Last updated on July 2006

Guanfacine to Treat Borderline Personality Disorder


Brief description of study

This study is designed to investigate whether guanfacine (Tenex) is an effective treatment for borderline personality disorder (BPD), an illness often characterized by unstable mood and impulsive aggression. Guanfacine stimulates activity in the front portion of the brain, a region associated with attention and the control of behavior. We believe that guanfacine may improve symptoms of BPD by improving attention and aiding regulation of behavior.

Detailed Study Description

This is an 8-week treatment study designed to test whether guanfacine is an effective treatment for borderline personality disorder (BPD). Prior to taking the study medication, subjects will have medical and psychiatric evaluations, complete self-report questionnaires, do a functional MRI scan, and complete a set of cognitive tests. While taking the study medication, participants will meet weekly with a study doctor and be administered interviews and questionnaires. At the end of the 8-week trial, participants will be asked to repeat the MRI scan and cognitive tests.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT00358969

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Emily Hart

Mount Sinai Hospital - Mood & Personality Research Group
New York, NY United States
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