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Research Request: Investigating Morphing Fears within OCD

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. 

How would I be involved?
You will answer questions about yourself, e.g. your date of birth and gender, OCD and Psychosis alongside questions on aspects relating to OCD and self-esteem.  It will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

  • Those with or without OCD can take part but must be over 18 years.
  • Your participation is completely voluntary

To take part in the study please visit the following link:
https://ntupsychology.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/investigating-morphing-fears-within-ocd

Please do not hesitate to contact the researchers if you have any questions, please contact lead researcher Rosie Daly at: rosie.daly2013@my.ntu.ac.uk.

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