The impact of language: trivilasation vs normalisation vs pathlogising in the context of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Matthew Simpson (MSc Research Methods in Psychology, University of Liverpool) is inviting you to take part in a study looking at attitudes and experiences of trivialisation/normalisation of OCD.

What is the study about?

Mental health is at the forefront of government policies, with society demanding better access to services. Much campaigning and research has looked at reducing the stigma and discrimination associated with mental health. Despite this, the way mental health is spoken about may impact stigma. Mental illnesses are commonly used as adjectives within conversation; ‘I’m so OCD about keeping the kitchen tidy’, ‘She’s looking a bit anorexic’ etc.

The aim of this project is to examine whether using mental illness in conversations this way trivialises the said mental illness, whether it is pathologising ordinary emotions/behaviours, or whether it is a positive step in normalising mental health as it brings it into conversation.

What will participation involve?

 Participation involves completing a Q-sort. This consists of you ranking statements according to whether you agree or disagree. For this study, you will need a laptop/PC/tablet with internet connection and to follow the link provided; (you do not need install or download anything for this). There will be instructions on how to complete the Q-sort which is a very simple process, expected to take 20 minutes in total.

Who can participate?

 If you are aged over 18 and have a diagnosis of OCD you can participate in the study. To begin the study please follow the link below:

If you have any questions, please contact the researcher;