Can Christianity Cure Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a relentless condition, the primary symptom being the occurrence of terrifying ideas, images, and urges that jump into a person's mind and return again and again, despite the individual's attempt to remove them. Christians who suffer...
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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a relentless condition, the primary symptom being the occurrence of terrifying ideas, images, and urges that jump into a person's mind and return again and again, despite the individual's attempt to remove them. Christians who suffer from OCD may grapple with additional guilt, as the undesired thoughts are frequently of a spiritual nature.
Many might be surprised to learn that some of the greatest leaders in Christian history may have also struggled with this malady and that this struggle may have contributed to Christian beliefs and practices. Psychiatrist Ian Osborn shares the personal accounts of Martin Luther, John Bunyan, and Saint Therese of Lisieux, revealing what they experienced, how they coped, whether they were able to overcome their tormenting and often violent obsessions, and where God fit into the picture. He also shares his own story as he explores how faith can play an important role in bringing relief to OCD sufferers.
Can Christianity Cure Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder? offers a proven and effective method for coping with OCD, providing hope for patients, families, and Christian pastors and counselors.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a relentless condition, the primary symptom being the occurrence of terrifying ideas, images, and urges that jump into a person's mind and return again and again, despite the individual's attempt to remove them. Christians who suffer from OCD may grapple with additional guilt, as the undesired thoughts are frequently of a spiritual nature. Yet people may be surprised to learn that some of the greatest leaders in Christian history also struggled with this malady. What did they experience? How did they cope? Were they able to overcome these tormenting, often violent, obsessions? Where did God fit into the picture? Ian Osborn shares the personal accounts of Martin Luther, John Bunyan, and Saint Therese of Lisieux, as well as his own story, in exploring how faith and science work together to address this complex issue.
a'This extremely lucid and well-written book provides clear and profoundly useful evidence for the role of faith, hope, and love in the effective treatment of a major neuropsychiatric affliction, obsessive-compulsive disorder. With extraordinary skill, Ian Osborn teaches us how Goda's grace, Christa's sacrifice, and the work of Holy Spirit hold the key to overcoming this serious but potentially uplifting medical condition.a - a - Jeffrey M. Schwartz, MD, research psychiatrist, UCLA, and author of Brain Lock: Free Yourself from Obsessive-Compulsive Behaviora'This important new book by OCD expert Dr. Ian Osborn provides much-needed information, historical perspective, and hope for Christians suffering the terrible burden of blasphemous obsessions or religious scrupulosity, as well as for the mental health professionals who treat them.a - a - Lee Baer, PhD, clinical professor of psychology, Harvard Medical Schoola - Cognitive-behavioral therapy and medication helped in my struggle against OCD, but as I look back I can see that releasing the OCD part of my life to God is what has given me the most relief. Luther, Bunyan, and Th - r'se discovered this centuries ago and Dr. Osborn has very clearly put into words their spiritual solutions. When Ia'm tempted to wrest control of OCD away from God, I will turn again and again to Dr. Osborna's book and the examples of these Christian heroes.a - a - Cherry Pedrick, RN, coauthor of The OCD Workbook and Loving Someone with OCDa - It is a rare pleasure to read a book by a Christian psychiatrist that not only reveals an in-depth understanding of both the pharmacology and psychology of a mental disorder, but also describes how a sufferera's Christian faith may be enlisted as an ally in the course of treatment. Dr. Osborna's book does all thata - and more. If youa - re like me, reading these stories, and the stories of Dr. Osborn and his patients, will stimulate not only new ideas about treating OCD, but a search for a simpler, deeper faith.a - a'Michael R. Lowry, MD, clinical associate professor and associate chair, department of psychiatry medical director, University Neuropsychiatric Institute
Ian Osborn, MD, is a psychiatrist at Penn State University and Clearfield-Jefferson Mental Health Centre who lives in State College, Pennsylvania. He struggled with and overcame Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in his own life and now lectures frequently on OCD and its treatment. He is also the author of Tormenting Thoughts and Secret Rituals: The Hidden Epidemic of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Can Christianity Cure Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?
- Prologue: My Search<br>1. Introduction<br>2. Renaissance Anxieties<br>3. Martin Luther: A Monk Crucified By His Thoughts<br>4. John Bunyan: The Pilgrim's Fears Of Hellfire<br>5. Saint Thérèse: The Obsessions Of The Little Flower<br>6. What Causes Obsessive-compulsive Disorder? <br>7. Treating Obsessive-compulsive Disorder <br>8. Transferring Responsibility To God: The Cure Of Luther, Bunyan, And Thérèse<br>9. A Therapy Of Trust: Practical Use <br>epilogue: How Obsessive-compulsive Disorder Saved Christianity <br>appendices<br>a. Dsm-iv Diagnostic Criteria For Obsessive-compulsive Disorder <br>b. The Yale-brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale<br>notes