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Religious OCD

Religious or scrupulosity obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an OCD subtype characterized by ongoing intrusive thoughts, images or urges, as well as compulsive behaviors or mental actions around violating a religious, moral or ethical belief. People with religious or scrupulosity OCD experience frequent worry and guilt about violating a religious or ethical code and what it means about them as a person (e.g., “Did I allow myself to have an “impure” thought in church? Does it mean that I’m a sinner and must repent?”). The guilt and anxiety drive these people to engage in various compulsions aimed to alleviate their distress (e.g., confessing to a religious figure).

Common OCD Fears

Fear of spending money: Is it OCD, OCPD, or Chrometophobia?

A person who struggles with “Just Right” (Perfectionism) OCD or Scrupulosity OCD may experience a persistent fear of spending money.
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Can faith-based therapy help with Scrupulosity or Religious OCD?

As an OCD therapist, a Christian, and as a person who struggles with OCD myself, I know how difficult it can be to seek treatment.
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Is it normal to be terrified of demons? A Christian therapist’s advice

I’ve helped many people who think that their fears are unspeakable. But when they open up about a fear of demons, they're not alone.
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Can you go to hell if you have evil OCD thoughts? A Christian therapist’s perspective

If you worry about being punished for intrusive thoughts, you’re not alone. Here's how you can get better while nurturing your faith.
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Is my religious anxiety normal, or could therapy help? Advice from a Christian therapist

As a therapist, I’ve helped patients cope with intense religious anxiety many times—but I’ve also grappled with it myself.
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Can excessive prayer be bad for my mental health? A Christian therapist’s perspective

It took years for me to find freedom from my obsessive prayer, but it was possible. Even better—overcoming it strengthened my faith.
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Fear of going to hell

Obsessing over punishment and religious expectations is common for those experiencing a fear of going to hell in OCD.
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What if I have committed a sin and don’t remember?

Discover how Scrupulosity OCD or False Memory OCD can cause worry about committing sins you can't remember, and ways to overcome these fears.
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Fear of being a bad person

OCD focused on fear of being a bad person involves recurrent, persistent, unwanted and intrusive thoughts or images about being a bad person.
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Excessive apologizing – Is it OCD?

Excessive apologizing is common in OCD. Often, people with OCD feel the urge to compulsively apologize when it is not needed.
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OCD as a Christian: How to Understand and Cope With Religion-Based Fears

Christianity OCD is a theme within Scrupulosity OCD, the main obsessive thoughts or doubts involve Christian beliefs.
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Atheism scrupulosity

Scrupulosity OCD centered on Atheism involves fears and doubts about whether there might be a higher power.
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Islamic scrupulosity

Islamic OCD involves fears about not being a perfect Muslim, or offending or speaking blasphemy against Muslim one's faith.
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Jewish scrupulosity

Judaism-related Scrupulosity OCD involves fears that one is not following the laws set forth by one’s Rabbi or Jewish scripture, knowingly or unknowingly.
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