Nina Higson-Sweeney is a BSc Psychology undergraduate student at the University of the West of England and was diagnosed with OCD at the age of 10. For her final year dissertation project, she is conducting a study exploring the barriers individuals with personal experience of OCD might face when seeking help, and what potential solutions to these barriers might be. Below is a description of her study:
Previous studies suggests that although there are treatments available for OCD, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), there can be a long delay between the daily interference of obsessive-compulsive symptoms and when an individual first seeks help. Researchers have begun to explore some of the facilitators and barriers individuals with personal experience of OCD face when considering seeking help, with the aim of narrowing this treatment gap. However, researchers have yet to ask what individuals with OCD think could be potential solutions to the barriers they face. We think it is key that their voices are heard, and we hope this research will address a current gap in the literature.
To be eligible for this study you need to be at least 18 years old, be fluent in the English language, and have personal experience of OCD. You can also be at any stage of the help-seeking process, including having never sought help. If you choose to take part, you will have an approximately 30-60 minute interview with the researcher and her project supervisor, which can either be done over Skype or in person at the University of the West of England.
Please read the Participant Information Sheet below, which contains more information about the study, including consent, withdrawal and data protection.
If you are still interested in taking part, please email Nina at Nina2.Higson-Sweeney@live.uwe.ac.uk.