Dear members of the online forum seelenkummer,
We would like to invite you to a treatment study that aims to reduce obsessive and depressive thoughts as well as compulsive behavior:
We are clinical researchers from the University Medical Center in Hamburg (Germany). For years, we have been conducting research on psychological factors underlying obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). In the present study, we are conducting an online study examining the effectiveness of the latest version of the self-help manual “myMCT” (my metacognitive training).
Conditions for participation:
1. To participate in the study it is necessary that you have symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) or are diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
2. You should not take part in this study if you have a bipolar disorder or a psychosis. Also you should not take part if you have suicidal ideation.
3. If you agree to participate in the study, you will be asked to take part in a pre survey in written form via the internet – which you have to complete first – and after six weeks to take part in a similar post survey. Both surveys will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.
4. If you agree to participate in the study, we will ask you to leave your email address so that we are able to send you the self-help manual.
You will be assigned to one of two conditions after you have filled out the anonymous online survey on your current symptom. You will either be assigned to a “treatment group” and receive the “myMCT” self-help manual immediately or you will be assigned to the “waitlist group” and receive the manual after a period of six weeks. Six weeks after you complete the first survey, you will be invited to participate in the post survey. After participating in the post survey the waitlist group will be sent the self-help manual. Each participant will thus eventually receive the self-help manual free of charge as well as another manual to express our gratitude for participation. As it is an ongoing study, please do not pass on the manual to others.
To participate, please use the following link:
Study participation is free of charge and anonymous. The terms for participation will be repeated in more detail on the website of the survey.
In case of questions please do not hesitate to contact us via email: email@example.com
Sarah Murray & Steffen Moritz
Prof. Dr. Steffen Moritz
University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf
Center for Psychosocial Medicine
Martinistr. 52, 20246 Hamburg (Germany)