Scrupulosity: Faith, OCD & ERP

Medill Reports Chicago published an excellent article on the struggles people with a type of OCD known as "scrupulosity" face, both in living life & in finding appropriate treatment. As with any type of OCD, a combination of CBT & ERP therapy can be most effective when employed by an experienced therapist. The article features a success story involving Chicago-based psychologist Dr. Karen Cassiday helping a 12 year old girl & her family overcome the hold scrupulosity had imposed on their lives. For those in Chicago, BeyondOCD is a great resource for finding such credible treatment & information on OCD.


"The word scrupulosity means “seeking sin where there is none,” said Jonathan Abramowitz, professor & associate chairman of the department of psychology at the UNC, Chapel Hill, and people living with the disorder have intrusive thoughts that counteract their moral identity.

Experts say scrupulosity isn’t widely recognized for two reasons: It’s commonly mistaken for exceptional faith in religious communities, and religious leaders aren’t trained in mental health, making it difficult for them to recognize the symptoms."

Our Love For Harm OCD

Clinical psychologist Debra Kissen & I have something in common - we both love working with "Pure-O" OCD, particularly a subtype known as "Harm OCD." In this post, she articulates what it is that's so exciting to work with from our perspective as well as what to do if you are someone suffering from these types of intrusive thoughts.

The Loopholes We Get Lost In

We humans are pretty darn good at doing the kind of mental gymnastics required to help us avoid the hard work of expanding our comfort zones. In a very frank essay, Tracy Moore points out the various logic loopholes our brains will exploit that keep us from growing as people & experiencing more meaning & happiness in life. Recognize any of these in your own life?

The Truth About Anxiety

The smart people over at PsychCentral put together this quick overview of anxiety & panic - neither of which dangerous in & of themselves. A little knowledge goes a long way when it comes to dealing with these particular concerns. Do you know these truths?

Choose How To Think. Your Life Depends On It.

We're often so busy go about our days & lives that our brains are on autopilot, which can be a dangerous way to operate. The brain's default settings aren't always helpful. Sometimes we need to step in & practice being more aware of the patterns we subscribe to so that we can be more deliberate in choosing acceptable alternatives. 

This video illustrates David Foster Wallace's 2005 graduation speech at Kenyon College. It's good advice for anyone, anywhere at anytime. Give it a go & in 9 minutes you may change the way you see your world. For the better.

A Day In The Life Of OCD

Ever wondered what it's like living with OCD? Here's an hourly breakdown of what it can be like to have to share your mind with a horrible roommate like OCD. 

Note: This is simply one person's experience. Every individual with OCD experiences it in their own unique way. What they all share is a level of anxiety so intense that it creates rituals & compulsions as an escape route. Unfortunately, those routes are only short-term fixes that don't solve the larger problem. The good news is that there are evidence-based treatments - cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) & exposure/response prevention (ERP) - that can help someone with OCD learn to manage their symptoms.