I'm a Trainee Clinical Psychologist undertaking a research project to explore the experiences of mothers who have experience of maternal obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
Are you a mother with experience of OCD? Please read the advert below to find out a bit more about how you could help.
Are you a mother with experience of OCD?
Do you have experience of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) which started during pregnancy or shortly after your child was born? If so, we would like to hear about your experiences.
We are conducting some research to explore the experiences of mothers who have experience of maternal OCD. The research is interested in mothers’ personal experiences of living with OCD and their experience of motherhood and parenting in the context of OCD. It does not matter whether you still experience OCD symptoms or you have recovered, whether you have been formally diagnosed with OCD or not, or whether you are currently undergoing treatment, hearing your experiences would be valuable in this research.
Research indicates that pregnancy and motherhood can be a time when mothers experience anxiety and that obsessive-compulsive disorder can develop or worsen around this time. Although research has been conducted into how common OCD is in new mothers and into treatment, little research has explored mothers’ personal experiences. We hope this research will provide insight into the experience of maternal OCD, improve awareness in healthcare professionals and increase support for new mothers with similar experiences.
If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Rebekah Chadwick, Primary Researcher:
If you contact me, I will discuss the research with you in more detail and ask you a few questions to see if you meet our criteria for participation. I can send you an information sheet and then you can take some time to decide if you would like to take part. If you would like to take part, we will arrange a meeting at a time and place convenient for you. In the meeting, I will ask you to complete a consent form, some questions about yourself, such as your age, and an interview about your experiences. If you contact me, you are not obliged to participate in the research. Furthermore, if we arrange a meeting or you do the interview but later change your mind about taking part, you can withdraw your information from the research.
Primary Researcher: Rebekah Chadwick, Trainee Clinical Psychologist
Dr Kirstie McKenzie-McHarg, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Warwick Hospital
Dr Fiona MacCallum, Associate Professor, Warwick University
Dr Carolyn Gordon, Academic Tutor, Coventry University
R dot Chadwick at warwick dot ac dot uk