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Information about open research projects recruiting participants.

Research Request: OCD and Bullying

Friend of OCD-UK, PhD student Chris Firmin was unable to get to our conference in Glasgow this weekend, so he asked us to share this little video message with you all...

Click the 'read more' link to watch the video message from Chris.

Article posted on: Wed, 12/07/2017 - 4:02pm Read more...

Research Request: The effect of having a sibling with OCD

This study aims to investigate the impact growing up with a sibling who suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) has on sibling relationships both in the past and at the present time.  Through this study we hope to gain a better understanding of the possible effects there might be on a child who lives with a sibling with OCD.  By understanding any potential impacts better, we would hope eventually that better and more targeted support could be offered to families and siblings.

Can I take part?
We are looking for adults aged between 18 and 50 who had a sibling who experienced OCD during their childhood. For further information or to ask questions please contact researcher Claire Mason at: c.mason3@newcastle.ac.uk.

To take part in the study and for further information please click the read more link.

Article posted on: Mon, 03/07/2017 - 5:53pm Read more...

Research Request: Hoarding and how we categorise our posessions

We would like to invite you to consider participating in a research study that aims to develop our understanding of categorisation in people who hoard.

Some people have profound difficulty in letting go of valued possessions. This difficulty can lead to rooms becoming disorganised over time so that the space is no longer usable nor recognisable. This can be referred to as a hoarding problem. It is proposed that people who hoard valued possession find it hard to sort items into categories. We are interested in exploring to see if there are any differences in how people who hoard categorise objects compared to people who don’t hoard valued possession in quite the same way.

For further information please click the read more link.

Article posted on: Mon, 03/07/2017 - 5:23pm Read more...

Research Request: Investigating Morphing Fears within OCD

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) has many subtypes, including Mental Contamination, whereby feelings of dirtiness arise with no physical contact with a contaminant.  A lesser known subtype of Mental Contamination are Morphing Fears which are described as acquiring negative characteristics of somebody else. The overall aim of this study is to explore any links between Morphing Fear and Psychotic symptoms in the general population. 

About OCD and Morphing Fears
Morphing Fears are believed to be a rare sub-type of mental contamination within OCD.  It is a fear of physically "morphing" into somebody else by acquiring that persons negative traits.  It's very distressing and disabling for sufferers.  Those who have it tend to avoid making contact with, or even being in the same radius as, the person they feel they can morph into.  This is due to them having a fear that they can become contaminated by them or acquire their unwanted traits that the sufferer views as "undesirable".  Sufferers believe this can occur through physical contact and/or mentality.  

Not much is known about Morphing Fears but researchers are now in the midst of exploring it further, including the phenomena itself, how it can develop, how it can be treated and how it can be misdiagnosed as other mental illnesses.  What is known however, is that children can have Morphing Fears as well as adults although, it is more common in adults.  Research currently being conducted will increase the awareness of Morphing Fears and contribute to a deeper understanding about it.   Importantly, this will make professionals more aware of it, leading to a correct diagnosis and therefore, encouraging correct treatment plans to be sought. 

To take part in the study please click the read more link.

Article posted on: Mon, 03/07/2017 - 4:50pm Read more...

Research Request: Do you live with someone who has OCD, or have OCD yourself?  

Trainee Clinical Psychologists Paul Watson and Jade Ingram, from Newcastle University are looking for people with OCD and their family members to take part in an online research study about why family members of people with OCD help out their relatives with their OCD behaviours (sometimes called ‘accommodation’). They are looking for people aged 18 or over to participate. 

Family members may help out their relatives with OCD in a number of ways including taking part in rituals and compulsions, helping relatives to avoid their OCD triggers and providing reassurance about OCD fears and beliefs. Research has found that it is very common for relatives of those with OCD to help out with their relative’s symptoms.

Paul and Jade are interested to find out more about your experiences of this helping behaviour and hope that this project will help us to understand more about family accommodation in OCD. It will help develop and contribute to further research into the assessment and treatment of OCD.

We are very keen to understand more from the perspectives of both those with OCD and their family members. Further details are provided within our study about how you can also invite your relative to take part.

For more information and to take part in the study, please click on the read more link.

Article posted on: Mon, 03/07/2017 - 4:03pm Read more...

Weekly or Intensive CBT treatment?

OCD researchers Josie Millar and Paul Salkovskis from the University of Bath need your feedback and help in determining your views on the prospect of undertaking Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in either the usual 'weekly' format or in a more time 'intensive' format.

They are interested in finding out your views on this and whether both of these treatment formats are viewed as acceptable to people and which one people would prefer if given a choice. This information is important to find out, as it will help them think about how treatment should be delivered and the options that should be available to people who have OCD and are considering seeking treatment.

Both Josie and Paul have always been incredibly supportive of OCD-UK and we would very much welcome your time in taking part in their online research survey.
Participation in this study is completely voluntary, it is up to you to decide if you would like to take part. Even if you decide to participate, you are free to withdraw from the study at any time and without having to give a reason.

For further details and to participate please visit their website at: https://bathpsychology.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_54OLMa98eNx5XpP

 

Article posted on: Thu, 23/02/2017 - 12:44pm Read more...

Anxiety during pregnancy or postnatal period

Research by The study is being conducted by Dr Fiona Challacombe at King’s College London and the Maudsley Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma (CADAT).

HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED AN ANXIETY PROBLEM DURING PREGNANCY OR THE POSTNATAL PERIOD (1 year after birth)?

A survey of women’s experiences of anxiety diagnosis and treatment.

Perinatal anxiety is very common, but appears to be under-recognised. There is currently very little information about the identification and treatment of perinatal anxiety (anxiety that occurs during pregnancy or after the baby is born). We are conducting a survey to find out about women’s experiences of anxiety diagnosis and treatment during pregnancy and the postnatal period in order to identify helpful practice and also areas which might be improved.

Article posted on: Tue, 17/03/2015 - 12:24pm Read more...

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