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Maternal depression and OCD: The role of beliefs

10 April 2019

Depression and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) are both commonly occurring problems for women during pregnancy and the 12 months after giving birth. This project aims to find out more about what contributes to some women developing these problems, in particular what beliefs they may hold. Previous research has shown that beliefs can contribute to developing certain problems in life.


  • - be over 18 years of age
  • - be pregnant OR
  • -have given birth in the last 24 months.
  • - Be experiencing OCD, depression (or both), or neither for the control group.
  • - For safety reasons, we advise people who are experiencing active difficulties with suicide thoughts, substance misuse, psychosis and/or mania to not take part in this study. Instead, we would suggest you contact your GP if you are not already in contact with local services.

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Ethical approval

This study has been given ethical approval by the University of Bath Psychology department ethics committee on November 23rd 2018.

About the researcher

My name is Gemma Sharkey and I am a trainee clinical psychologist in the Department of Psychology at the University of Bath. I am conducting this study as part of my clinical doctorate. I have a special interest in the perinatal period which has been further strengthened by recently becoming a mother.

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