Investigating noticeable signs and symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in childhood and adolescence

Rudi Coulter is currently studying for an MSc in Psychology with the University of Roehampton and is inviting you to participate in a study that investigates noticeable signs and symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) in childhood and adolescence (from a hindsight perspective, as an adult). 

Rudi has suffered with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) all his life, and his experiences included every recognised form of obsession and compulsion. After many years of misdiagnosis, he was finally correctly diagnosed at the age of 30, and has since then managed to overcome the disorder with a mix of pharmaceutical, psychoeducational and cognitivebehavioural therapies.

This study focuses on the occurrence of overt compulsions and/or noticeable behaviours/habits associated with OCD in childhood, adolescence and as a young adult, exploring related perceptions and experiences of the sufferer, as well as their subsequent feelings related to others’ perceptions.

The aims of this study are two. Firstly, establishing whether successful identification of overt compulsions and noticeable behaviours/habits has the potential to contribute to research looking to better and earlier diagnosis of OCD. Secondly, exploring OCD sufferers’ feelings around noticeable compulsions and behaviours, including being “caught out” by others when carrying out a compulsion or behaviour/habit.  


If you are someone who had moderate to severe OCD* in childhood, adolescence or as a young adult and are now recovered or in a good state of recovery**, I am looking for volunteers to discuss their overt compulsions and other signs of OCD (from a hindsight perspective).

 *OCD thoughts and compulsions took up a minimum of 3 hours a day (at some points), or significant daily functional impairment, or as diagnosed by clinician.

** In the last two years, OCD thoughts and compulsions have taken up less than one hour a day, and there is little to no daily functional impairment.

To be eligible you must:  

have suffered moderate to severe OCD in the past

be in a good state of recovery from OCD

be aged 25-65  

have attended school until at least 15 years old  

recognise that the onset of your OCD was in childhood or adolescence

Please contact Rudi if you would like to participate, if you would like more information or clarification, or for any other questions.

Rudi Coulter (researcher)


Please see the enclosed Information Sheet for more information about this research project.