Investigating the role of intrusive mental imagery in obsessive-compulsive disorder: An experimental study

Posted on: December 8th, 2020

Ethics Approval reference number: R70783/RE001

Background of our study: We are investigating the role of mental imagery in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Mental images are the pictures, sounds, smells, and other sensory information that run through our minds when we have a thought or feeling. Troubling mental imagery is understood to be an important feature of many mental health problems, and it is commonly reported by people who experience obsessive-compulsive disorder. However, to date there has been little research investigating the potential role that intrusive mental imagery plays in obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Aims of study: We are hoping to develop a deeper understanding of how mental imagery may contribute to distress in obsessive and compulsive problems, with the hope of helping future research enhance treatments for people experiencing obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Who can participate? We are interested in hearing from people aged 18 years and over, from anywhere in the UK, who identify as having obsessional and compulsive problems. What will participants be asked to do? Participants will be asked to complete a series of anonymous online questionnaires. (30-40 minutes)

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