This study was aimed at giving voice to the experiences of four people suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Five in-depth interviews were conducted on each individual constructing themselves in the light of their own experiences. A “case study approach” was chosen as the suitable method to go in depth into the information and “thematic content analysis” was used as the method of analysis. The life stories of these individuals were reconstructed in terms of themes, and recurring themes were further explored and elucidated and linked with literature. This study helps in reaching the depths of life experiences of individuals suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder and how it affects their life in the domains of family, interpersonal relationships, occupation and self- concept. The main themes identified were that of “Connection vs. Disconnection,” “Feeling of Guilt,” and “Authenticity” as particularly important areas for clinical practice and future research.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Case Study, Qualitative Research, Thematic Analysis
The research was done as a part of Junior Research fellowship granted by University Grants Commission, India.
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Bhattacharya, A., & Singh, A. R. (2015). Experiences of Individuals Suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: A Qualitative Study. The Qualitative Report, 20(7), 959-981. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol20/iss7/2