Interpretation of experiences in recovery from psychosis or anxiety

Rebecca Sired is a Trainee Clinical Psychologist at the University of Bath researching mental health relapse in anxiety (including OCD) and psychosis with Professor Paul Salkovskis. They are inviting you to take part in their research project: Interpretation of experiences in recovery from psychosis or anxiety. 

What is the purpose of the project?

This project aims to understand more about when mental health problems might be seeming to reoccur (having a relapse) in people who are in recovery. To do this we want to find out what people would think if we had particular experiences where there could be different explanations for what is happening.

We are interested in whether having previous personal experience of particular mental health problems makes a difference to what people would think in these situations. We will do this by comparing the responses of people with and without experience of mental health problems. We are also investigating whether people who have recovered from a mental health problem worry about their mental health problem coming back.

Who can take part?

We would like to get the thoughts of people 18 and over from 3 groups who:

1. consider themselves in recovery from psychosis

2. consider themselves in recovery from an anxiety disorder (Generalised Anxiety Disorder/Worry, OCD, Social Anxiety or Panic Disorder/Agoraphobia)

3. have no experience of mental health difficulties.

The study is an online anonymous questionnaire which takes 30-40 minutes.

What are the benefits of taking part?

We cannot promise that the project will help you directly but the information collected from you and other participants may help improve our understanding of mental health relapse. We hope that these results will inform how professionals support people with experience of mental health problems such as psychosis and anxiety disorders in order to reduce relapse.

We will also make a £2 donation to your choice of a selection of mental health charities in acknowledgement of your time and contribution.

Are there any disadvantages/risks from taking part?

Taking part will take approximately 30-40 minutes of your time. If you opt-in to the second part of the study this will take around 10 minutes more. Apart from this we think that there are few disadvantages to taking part. The questionnaires have been chosen/designed with feedback from people with personal experience of psychosis and anxiety disorders to minimise the potential for completing them to cause distress. However, it is possible that you might find answering the questions distressing. You can stop completing the study at any time if this is the case. At the end of the study (or if you withdraw at any point during completion) you will be provided with contact details of services and third-party organisations that would be able to offer support and guidance if you experience any distress.

Please read the enclosed Information Sheet carefully and discuss it with others if you wish. You can contact us if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information.

If you would like to participate please go to this website to take part:

If you have any questions about the study or would like to participate by completing paper copies of the questionnaires by post, please contact the main researcher (Rebecca Sired) using the details below.

Thank you for taking the time to read this information sheet and for your interest in the project.

Rebecca Sired

Clinical Psychologist in Training

Department of Psychology

University of Bath

Claverton Down