OCD research study invites participants in Johannesburg to join

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) researcher, Janine Blignaut.


According to Janine Blignaut, researcher of Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), the mental disorder is not rare and is relatively common.

In South Africa, there is no specific research exploring the numbers in the country, but Blignaut said research elsewhere in the world suggests that 2-3 per cent of the population will experience OCD at some point in life.

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According to Blignaut, obsessions and compulsions often centre around four themes including, fears of contamination, responsibility for harm or mistakes, concerns about incompleteness or symmetry and taboo thoughts.

This means that the obsessions and compulsions of OCD can manifest very differently among those experiencing the disorder.

She said that very often individuals find that they have obsessions and compulsions that cover a wide or mixed range of themes.

Regardless of their nature, Blignaut said these obsessions and compulsions are experienced as unpleasant and unwanted adding that extreme and recurring doubt can also be a common feature of OCD.

“OCD can be very difficult to live with and is often a secretive disorder and most people worry about telling others about their obsessions and compulsions because they know their thoughts and behaviours don’t fully make sense.

“There isn’t a lot of research in South Africa exploring what the experience of living with OCD is like,” she said.

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Blignaut is currently looking for study participants, as she is interested in furthering her research, and she said people who are interested are welcome to join her research.

The study is open to all South Africans from 18 years and older as well as individuals who self-identify as having OCD or significant obsessive and compulsive experiences.

Details: janineblignaut@outlook.com or 078 408 2524.

Edited by Stacey Woensdregt

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