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Title: Individual's experiences of practising mindfulness whilst suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder : a case study
Author: Potter, Kate T. R.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2742 3177
Awarding Body: University of Surrey
Current Institution: University of Surrey
Date of Award: 2012
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Aims and objectives: It has been suggested by therapeutic practitioners that mindful ne ss may have potential to alleviate the distress of those suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). With the aim of informing therapeutic practice, this in-depth case study analysis explored the experiences of three individuals who had used mindfulness to address their symptoms of OCD. Methodology: Data were obtained via semi-structured interviews. Transcripts were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Findings: All participants reported a different relationship with their OCD symptoms having experienced practising mindfulness. However, two participants found difficulties in maintaining a daily mindfulness practice and spoke of the challenges that occurred when the OCD minds et came into contact with the processes of mindfulness. The third participant, on the other hand, had integrated mindfulness into his way of life and reported how the consequential shift in perspective towards his anxiety had reduced the need for the OCD condition to express itself. Conclusions: In light of the findings it is discussed whether mindful ne ss had the potential to target the core distress responsible for the expression of OCD symptoms if applied authentically. Implications for Counselling Psychology were considered in awareness of the likelihood for individualised expressions of OCD to pose a challenge to the therapeutic use of mindfulness.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Psych.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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