Religious Scrupulosity causes sufferers to become mentally and emotionally consumed by matters of faith and morality. They can become overwhelmed by fear that they have committed some terrible religious offence and must then strive to atone for this real or perceived infraction.
OCD is often called the doubting disease. It is a cycle of unwanted, intrusive thoughts, feelings, mental images, or urges that cause the sufferer tremendous anxiety and uncertainty. In order to alleviate this doubt and fear, OCD sufferers feel they must do some specific mental or physical action, ritual, or avoidance in order to restore a sense of personal comfort and perceived safety. Typically, these compulsions start small and simple, like knocking on wood or briefly double-checking a lock, but they can quickly escalate into hours of routine.
The first few sessions of treatment for OCD typically cover the basics of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Exposure and Response Prevention. Together, combined with medication and mindfulness, they are considered the gold standard of treatment for OCD.
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