Personal accounts of the experiences of managing obsessive-compulsive disorder

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Master of Health Science (Occupational Medicine, Health and Safety)


School of Exercise, Biomedical and Health Sciences


Faculty of Computing, Health and Science


The present study investigated the impact of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (QCD) on affected participants. The investigation was based on their personal experiences. Six QCD individuals participated in this study which to my knowledge is the first qualitative investigation conveying the meaning of their experiences and the ways they managed the disorder. The research findings showed that for these six individuals, their chronic, incurable disorder usually began in early childhood, developed gradually and caused intense fear, anxiety, loneliness, alienation and isolation. Frequently, they felt different to other children, were bullied, victimized, and commonly developed comorbid depression. It was revealed that one of the managing practices was substance use. In addition, some participants wera affected by a comorbid eating disorder, which differed to classical eating disorders.

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