OCD could indicate mental health risk

Researchers have suggested that a survey designed to establish the risk of a person having obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) could also provide some new insight into mental health.

Scientists from Baylor University have revealed a shortened version of the questionnaire that was used for the research could be applicable to a similar study that unearthed the links between OCD and mental illness.

It involved questioning a total of 555 participants - some clinically diagnosed and others with no history of OCD - about the deep-seated beliefs they hold, such as the feeling that everything must always be perfect, which is one of the main catalysts for the condition.

The university personnel behind the new proposal have suggested that reducing the number of items contained in the questionnaire from 87 to 20 would allow experts to carry out a more general test for mental health by through the use of the same concepts.

Assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience in Baylor’s College of Arts and Sciences Thomas Fergus said: "Certain beliefs appear to be relevant for more than OCD, so this might help us better understand depression and anxiety and have a broader application."

In April we reported research suggesting that obsessive thoughts may be more common among the general population than has been assumed.

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