In support of those with OCD, we want you to know that you can practice your religion and seek mental health treatment. OCD experts, religious leaders, and those living with OCD want you to know that you are not alone.
OCD in Faith-Based Communities
Navigating Uncertainty in Religious and Spiritual Contexts
We want to encourage you to explore the diverse resources available. Please continue to visit this page as we begin to develop this resource further into specifics for faith communities.
Faith, spirituality, and religious traditions matter. They don’t have to be checked at the door in order to get effective treatment — in fact, their involvement is often a crucial component of success in learning how to live in freedom from OCD. Not only can you get good evidence-based treatment while upholding faith/religious/spiritual traditions, you can integrate these extensively. Learn more about What is OCD?
Give your feedback: If you’re a member of the OCD and related disorders community, a faith/religious leader, or a clinician, we value your input on the ways anxiety impacts and is addressed in faith-based communities. Take survey.
Learn more about the basics of scrupulosity, the religious or moral form of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Scrupulous individuals are overly concerned that something they thought or did might be a sin or other violation of religious or moral doctrine. Read more.
Join this special interest group (SIG) designed specifically for individuals of ALL religious traditions to share their experiences with OCD, as well as ways this has impacted their connection to a faith community. Learn more.
View our entire library of live stream events and educational content on scrupulosity and how OCD impacts those in religious communities. Watch now.
If you are living with OCD, you know that it can impact all areas of your life and pose unique challenges. Whether you are diagnosed with OCD, a family member, or a loved one, there are resources available to help you manage and find support. Find help, find support, and join the community.
View a collection of video lectures aimed to increase treatment knowledge and understanding of how OCD can impact those in the faith communities. Watch now.
A Religious Leader’s Personal Experience with OCD
by Rev. Katie O’Dunne
On the surface, I am an ordained minister, school chaplain, religious educator, and ultra-marathon runner who has it all together. In my more private life, I’ve battled Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder since childhood, with a significant relapse while serving in ministry a few years ago. Many of us with OCD are amazing at “appearing” to have it all together while spending countless hours a day completing compulsions and struggling to function. Read article.
- The Doubting Disease: Help for Scrupulosity and Religious Compulsions by Joseph W Ciarrocchi, PhD
- Explore our full list of OCD Books
Articles & Websites:
- Faith Leaders: Ministering to Those with OCD
- Intrusive, Unwanted Thoughts and Faith
- Scrupulous Anonymous
- Justin’s Blog: “The Jog” – Blogs on Christianity and Mental Health
- Mann Mukti: Resources By Faith
- The Khalil Center: A Zagat Foundation Project
- OCD Center of Los Angeles: Scrupulosity – Where OCD Meets Religion, Faith, and Belief
- More to come…