What is scrupulosity OCD?
Scrupulosity is a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) characterized by religious and/or moral obsessions. It involves the fear of doing or thinking something that might be offensive to God or your religion, excessive worry about going to hell, or excessive concern about having violated your own moral or ethical code.
Common Obsessions in Scrupulosity
Excessive concern about doing the “right thing"
Applying different moral standards to one’s own behavior than to the behavior of others.
Worry about whether one is fundamentally good or evil
Repetitive thoughts about being sinful, dishonest, or lacking integrity
Ruminating about past mistakes, errors, or possible sinful behavior
Excessive fear of the possibility of committing blasphemy
Excessive focus of religious and moral perfection
Unwanted sexual thoughts about a religious figure (God, saints, Jesus, or a priest)
Repetitive thoughts of thoughts of eternal damnation
Excessive fear that loved ones are going to hell
Compulsions related to scrupulosity
Seeking reassurance from others that one has not sinned or have been immora
Repeatedly saying: “I’m a good person” after experiencing an unwanted thought
Repeatedly saying: “God loves me” after having an unwanted thought.
Compulsive writing (e.g., Jesus loves me).
Mentally reviewing or analyzing events to determine if a sin was committed
Fasting in a way that’s not typical for other members of one’s religious community
Engaging in self-punishing atonement practices that are not characteristic of one’s faith
Replacing unwanted thoughts or images with safer or holier images
Asking for forgiveness excessively
Avoiding numbers that are unlucky or have religious significance
Excessive confession to their religious leader (priest, rabbi, etc.)
Avoiding certain objects that they associate with immorality
Excessive praying or reading of religious texts
Making deals with God to avoid going to hell
Avoidance of religious services, traditions, or objects due to fears of being unworthy or sinful
Treatment of Scrupulosity OCD
People suffering from Scrupulosity OCD are encouraged to seek treatment from a mental health treatment provider that specializes in the treatment of OCD. OCD specialists are equipped and prepared to treat a wide array of OCD subtypes, including Scrupulosity OCD . Like all types of OCD, Scrupulosity OCD can be treated with a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Exposure and Response Prevention. Contact Lauren Pellizzi to start treatment.
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