BS (Social Sciences & Liberal Arts)

Faculty / School

School of Economics and Social Sciences (SESS)


Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts

Date of Award

Fall 2023

Date of Submission



Maria Haqqani, Visiting Faculty, Department of Social Sciences

Project Type

SSLA Culminating Experience

Access Type

Restricted Access


This study centers on gaining a deeper understanding of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) by employing a qualitative research approach. To accomplish this, nine in-depth interviews with family members of individuals diagnosed with OCD and five interviews with psychologists specializing in OCD treatment were conducted. The participants were recruited through a combination of social media outreach and professional referrals, ensuring diverse perspectives. Thematic analysis was used to identify recurring themes, ultimately providing an all encompassing perspective on the challenges inherent in OCD and the diverse coping mechanisms that individuals employ to navigate them.

The study's findings shed light on the multifaceted challenges associated with OCD. Individuals with OCD struggle with persistent obsessions and compulsions, often facing stigmatization. Simultaneously, this condition imposes considerable emotional and practical burdens on the family members, leading to strained relationships as a result of caregiving responsibilities. Psychologists specializing in OCD treatment face their own challenges, including the disorder's complexity, treatment resistance, and the need for continuous professional development to keep up with evolving therapies.

Overall, the study offers valuable perspectives into the experiences of those affected by OCD, deepening our understanding of the disorder and its impact on various stakeholders.



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