JulianaF Posted May 6, 2010 Share Posted May 6, 2010 Sorry if this is overly long, and if it is against forum rules, please, mods, feel free to remove it: My daughter is doing a research paper on the effect of OCD on the lives of young people. She needs input from people who have the illness. All she requires for identification is age and gender. As this will contribute to her final marks for university entrance; it's a little more important for us than your typical school assignment, and so I am turning to you friendly people here on ENA in hope someone will have the time and interest to forward some responses. You can PM them to me. My daughter is extremely sympathetic to this disorder, and hopes that the questions she is asking are sensitive and appropriate. Her hope is to create a complete picture of how OCD has affected the lives of the people who have it. Please let us know if you have any concerns about anything we've asked. Following are her questions: 1. How old were you when you were diagnosed? 2. What were your first symptoms? 3. How did it affect your friends and family? 4. Were you afraid of people's reactions to finding out your diagnosis? 5. Has it affected your social life, jobs or schooling? 6. Do you use medications and/or therapy? 7. Have you ever been hospitalized for your disorder? 8. Do you feel it has cost you any opportunities, or relationships? 9. Are there any benefits to having this disorder for you? 10. If you could choose not to have it, would you? 11. Can you do the same kind of activities other people your age can? 12. Do you feel you are progressing in your life at the same pace as other people your age who do not have the disorder? 13. Has it affected your career choice? Positively or negatively? 14. Has it made you a stronger person, wiser or more empathetic? 15. Are holidays and vacations more difficult for you as a person with OCD? 16. Have you learned any new skills in coping with your disorder that you consider valuable? 17. Has your disorder made you more or less reliant on other people? 18. Do you believe your disorder will get better or worse with time? 19. How has OCD affected your long term plans? 20. How has it affected your self-esteem? Link to comment
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