Intrusive thoughts (or ‘obsessions’) and repetitive behaviours (or ‘compulsions’) are quite common and can range from mild to clinical levels, at which point it might be considered Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Commonly, those who have even mild symptoms are more likely to also experience some levels of depression or anxiety, which in combination can affect a person’s quality of life. Research has shown that obsessions and compulsions are commonly experienced for about 7 years before they reach clinical OCD levels. It is well known that the earlier symptoms are targeted, the more effective treatment is, which is why early intervention is crucial in the OCD realm.
Online programs can potentially help to decrease intrusive thoughts or repetitive behaviours as well as associated anxiety and depression.
This study is called the ‘OCEAN study’ (Obsessive-Compulsive Early Intervention study) and it will compare two evidence-based online programs in their impact on well-being, particularly in their ability to improve intrusive thoughts and repetitive behaviours in those with subclinical to mild OCD symptoms.
If you are interested in participating, please click here to find out more and see if the study is a good fit for you.
This study has been approved by the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (MUHREC): Project ID: 22724