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.

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"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."

 

http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/scrupulosity-where-ocd-and-faith-collide/

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.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/debra-kissen/harm-related-ocdthe-terro_b_6648582.html

One Man's OCD Experience, From Start To Finish.

The International OCD Foundation just released video of 2014 Conference Keynote Speaker Ethan Smith, who shares his life story about battling & taming OCD. It's an excellent journey in which he shows us the power of exposure/response prevention (ERP) therapy to change someone's life. Truly inspirational. 

 

"Living became more important to me than OCD."

"Your thoughts don't dictate whether you're sick with OCD or not. Your actions do.
And your behavior is under your control."

http://iocdf.org/news/ethan-s-smith-from-couch-to-keynote/

OCD: Semen Contamination

One of my favorite OCD therapists & writers, Jon Hershfield, has put together a series of articles exploring the common contamination triggers of various bodily fluids. This particular piece focuses on fears around semen contamination & how to tackle that fear from evidence-based treatment strategies like mindful awareness, direct exposure & response prevention. 
It's an excellent read on a subject that many fear talking about out of sheer discomfort given the topic. 

 

"You can't protect yourself from something that isn't dangerous."
 

 

http://ocdspecialists.com/2014/09/semen/

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.

 

http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff-nation/assignments/share-your-news-and-views/10423921/Did-I-kill-someone-No-shush-OCD