Dr. Lefkowitz published an article on Refuat Hanefesh about scrupulosity, or religious Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. While religion does not cause OCD, people who already have OCD and grow up with religion, and especially those who grow up in religious cultures, may express OCD behaviors through religious beliefs and practice. Dr. Lefkowitz writes,
This can express itself as obsessive thoughts that you are not morally good enough or that when something bad happens, it’s your fault. You may experience compulsions such as repeating a ritual until you get it “right”, repeatedly saying a blessing until you feel you were focused enough, or going outside the norm to make sure you don’t commit a sin.
There are a variety of methods for treating OCD symptoms, including Exposure and Response Prevention therapy (ERP). Guidance from a religious leader, in addition to therapy, can make OCD much more manageable.
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