Dear Friends,

For the past 20 years, TARA’s national helpline has been collecting data on family experiences with BPD. We realized that many Helpline callers who have BPD or have a family member with BPD may also have a relative with autism or Asperger's disorder. They are often unaware that the behaviors they are describing may fit the Autism or Asperger’s Spectrum. One of our callers is the mother of twins; one with BPD and one with Asperger’s Syndrome. We have received calls from people who meet criteria for both BPD and Asperger's disorder.

Several characteristics of people with BPD seem to correlate with the characteristics of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder such as difficulty recognizing faces, naming emotions (alexithymia), super sensitivity to sensory stimuli such as light, sound, textures, smells, touch, and difficulty mentalizing others.

TARA interacts with leading BPD researchers. We serve as a conduit to raise awareness of childhood experiences, issues, and specific behaviors of people with BPD and their families (e.g. BPD and Pain, C. Schmahl) such as the intense shame experienced by people with BPD.

In order to call attention to the relationship of BPD and Autism Spectrum Disorder, we need data to support our observations. We are asking you to please participate in our survey so TARA can collect data that support the study of the possible relationship between autism spectrum disorders and BPD. We hope this will motivate research leading to earlier, more accurate diagnosis and new directions in treatment.

Thank you for your participation.

* 1. Name (optional)

* 2. Have you or a family member been diagnosed with any of the following:

  Self Spouse Child Mother Father Sibling Grandchild Niece/Nephew Maternal Relative Paternal Relative
Borderline Personality Disorder
Borderline Personality Disorder Traits
Asperger's Syndrome
Asperger's Traits
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autistic Traits

* 3. Have others suggested or have you thought about any of the following:

  Self Spouse Child Mother Father Sibling Grandchild Niece/Nephew Maternal Relative Paternal Relative
Borderline Personality Disorder
Borderline Personality Disorder Traits
Asperger's Syndrome
Asperger's Traits
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autistic Traits

* 4. I'm participating in this survey as:

The following questions pertain to the person with BPD/Asperger's/Autism

* 5. Age:

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* 6. Gender:

* 7. Racial Group:

* 8. Marital status:

* 9. Sexual Orientation:

* 10. Level of Education:

* 11. Current employment status:

* 12. Have you or a family member been diagnosed with any of the following (you may select more than one):

  Self Spouse Child Mother Father Sibling Grandchild Niece/Nephew Maternal Relative Paternal Relative
Schizophrenia
Depression
Bipolar Disorder
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Social Anxiety
Panic Disorder
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Eating Disorder (Anorexia/Bulimia)
Avoidant Personality Disorder
Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Schizotypal Personality Disorder
Antisocial Personality Disorder
Temperamental Dysregulation Disorder (TDD)
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED)
Conduct Disorder (CD)
Seizure Disorders (Epilepsy)
Substance Abuse/Alcoholism

* 13. Learning Disorders - have you or a family member been diagnosed with any of the following (you may select more than one):

  Self Spouse Child Mother Father Sibling Grandchild Niece/Nephew Maternal Relative Paternal Relative
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD)
Dyslexia
Dysgraphia
Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)
Sensory Integration (Processing) Disorder
Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
Hyperlexia

* 14. Immune Disorders - have you or a family member been diagnosed with any of the following (you may select more than one):

  Self Spouse Child Mother Father Sibling Grandchild Niece/Nephew Maternal Relative Paternal Relative
Fibromyalgia 
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)  
Lupus
Lyme Disease  
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Epstein-Barr
Mononucleosis
Celiac Disease  
Diabetes  
Psoriasis
Asthma
Allergies
Migraines

* 15. Have you observed any of the following behaviors in yourself or any family member?

  Self Spouse Child Mother Father Sibling Grandchild Niece/Nephew Maternal Relative Paternal Relative
Social Isolation
Rigid Thinking
Negative Self-Image
Persistent Feelings of Shame

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