Published: 2022-01-12 11:53 | Updated: 2022-01-12 11:53

Do you have OCD? Participate in a survey on lifestyle and health

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) often means a very limited life, where a lot of energy is put into dealing with anxiety and obsessive thoughts. Researchers at Karolinska Institutet are now conducting a survey-study, examining the lifestyle and health of people diagnosed with OCD. If you have an OCD diagnosis, you are welcome to participate in the survey.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder, also called OCD, manifests itself through intrusive thoughts, followed by compulsions or rituals. These rituals are often time-consuming and psychologically painful. It is quite common that compulsions affect relationships, work, school or social life in negative ways.

Previous research has indicated an increased risk of different health problems for individuals with OCD, compared to those without OCD. Lifestyle habits such as physical inactivity, smoking, an unhealthy diet, and alcohol consumption are thought to contribute to this association. However, the lifestyle habits and physical health of individuals with OCD have not received much research attention.

A research group at Karolinska Institutet has developed an online survey to collect information on the physical health and lifestyle habits of individuals with OCD from all over the world. The researchers hope that the results from this study will fill important knowledge gaps and help to develop preventive measures.

How to participate 

You are welcome to participate if you are at least 18 years old and have a confirmed OCD diagnosis.  

We will need your consent to use your survey answers for research purposes.Your answers will be completely anonymous and no identifiable information will be stored anywhere. Your participation is completely voluntary. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

Please find the link to the survey on lifestyle and physical health here.

Do you have any questions about the study?

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the study:


Anna Holmberg

PhD Student
K8 Department of Clinical Neuroscience
K8 Department of Clinical Neuroscience


Anna Holmberg PhD Student