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Research Participation Information

OCD-UK value the importance of clinical research aimed at furthering the understanding of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Anxiety illnesses. In the last few years we have supported research into all aspects of OCD, from scientific studies through to the impact of OCD on families and the creation of new treatments.  We have also supported investigations into the cause of OCD.

OCD Research.We believe it is vital that people with OCD are given the opportunity to participate in OCD research and help influence our research policy.

Each year we receive dozens of requests for our members to take part in various studies, but OCD-UK have a very stringent policy in listing research requests in order to protect our members' rights, dignity, well-being, very valuable time and, of course safety.

Therefore, OCD-UK will only ever list those research projects that have received NHS ethical approval (please note this differs to university ethical bodies) and/or which our research panel feels will make a significant difference, without carrying any potential risk to our members.

OCD-UK believe our policy on listing research requests ensures our members and community can have confidence in participation. The research we take such care to list will only be beneficial with the support of participants. So, if you are able to help, please do spare a few minutes of your time to browse the research opportunities.

There are several ways that you can help:

  • Helping to shape the future of OCD-UK’s research into the cause, diagnosis and treatment of OCD by participating in one of the listed research proposals.
  • Sharing your experience of living with OCD to influence researchers.
  • Influencing the OCD-UK research policy by participating in our research panel focus groups.

The following research projects are all endorsed by OCD-UK and we encourage your participation should you feel able to help the researchers.

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...

Betrayal, depression and anxiety

University of Bath
Research by Rowena Pagdin, Dr Falguni Nathwani & Prof. Paul Salkovskis, University of Bath

People with OCD needed to help with research looking at interpersonal relationships and mood disorders.

Thank you for showing your interest in this research project. I am a Trainee Clinical Psychologist at the University of Bath working alongside Dr Falguni Nathwani and Professor Paul Salkovskis. We are looking for people who are currently experiencing Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) who would like to take part in this study.

What is the purpose of the study?
Most people experience difficulties in their relationships from time to time; we have all been let down by people we trust. However, some experiences in relationships can leave a lasting impact on how we feel about ourselves, other people, and the world around us, The main purpose of this research is to measure if people with low mood or certain types of anxiety have been let down by others more often than those without depression or anxiety.

Article posted on: Sun, 18/01/2015 - 2:05pm Read more...

The Impact of Perceptions of OCD on Individuals with OCD and their family and friends.

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Research by Sian Dallimore, Dr Claire Lomax & Prof. Paul Salkovskis, University of Bath

Thank you for showing your interest in this research project. I am a Trainee Clinical Psychologist at the University of Bath working alongside Dr Claire Lomax and Prof. Paul Salkovskis. We are looking for people who are currently experiencing Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and a family member or friend who would like to take part in this study.

January Update:
Huge thanks to everyone who has taken part so far. Prof Paul Salkovskis and Sian Dallimore are still looking for another 35 people who suffer with OCD and their family member or friend to take part in research aiming to better understand the family impact of OCD. If you're interested, take a look at the further information and please get in touch! s.dallimore@bath.ac.uk

Article posted on: Sat, 17/01/2015 - 3:22pm Read more...

Research Participation Opportunity - Hoarding

Hoarding Research - University of Bath
Research by Professor Paul Salkovskis, Dr James Gregory and Dr Claire Lomax from the University of Bath

RESEARCH PARTICIPATION OPPORTUNITY – COMPULSIVE HOARDERS

We would like to invite you to consider participating in a research study that aims to develop our understanding of Compulsive Hoarding.

Compulsive Hoarding has recently been categorised as its own disorder, separate from OCD. With this development, more research is needed to increase our understanding of how the disorder starts and develops over an individuals’ lifetime. When individuals present for treatment, we don’t know whether the difficulties they show are due to the Hoarding problem, or whether they are due to other problems that have developed over the years.

We wish to talk to people who have both had the problem for a relatively short time and those for a relatively long time in an attempt to compare their experiences.

Article posted on: Fri, 29/08/2014 - 3:33pm Read more...

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