Sunday, August 9, 2009

When OCD Stains Religion

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, OCD, is an anxiety disorder and is characterized by recurrent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and/or repetitive behaviors (compulsions). Repetitive behaviors such as handwashing, counting, checking, or cleaning are often performed with the hope of preventing obsessive thoughts or making them go away. Performing these so-called "rituals," however, provides only temporary relief, and not performing them markedly increases anxiety. [National institute of Mental Health]

There is another article on a specific form of OCD that I have seen in operation on this blog: religious OCD: When OCD Stains Religion, published by Suite 101. Here is an important statement:

First, one must realize that their unwanted blasphemies against God, and other involuntary thoughts, arise from obsessive-compulsive disorder. The involuntary thoughts may include spiritual content, but their cause is medical.

Thus, Christians who have prayed for relief from the thoughts against God should not be afraid to consult a psychiatrist for treatment and prescriptions.

Interestingly, as one who is not a mental health worker or psychologist, I have suggested this path of treatment to the two 'regular' OCD christians who love to harass me on this blog. I was laughed-at for that suggestion.

Right now, there are 10 comments waiting in my comment moderation box from a self-avowed fundamentalist christian' who already posted 9 others, but deleted 7 of them shortly after publishing them. All of this in 3 days.

She has been hanging around my blog like fruit flies on a ripe watermelon. Four days ago, I briefly dropped the 'comment moderation' and she came in like a mad hornet, posting 6 comments in less than 12 hours, under two different monikers.

Lord help her.

Well, not the Lord, because that won't work.

Doctor, help her! That's better.

Yet, there is a second OCD-smitten fundamentalist who has posted endless rantings on this blog [until comment moderation] who is, in fact, married to a doctor! Apparently, hubby either hasn't realized the OCD or doesn't want to offend her. Either way, she remains untreated and loony.

As both of them regularly check [and double check] my postings, perhaps they will click on the link above and begin to understand their mental illness.

Or, they might just think that I'm the one who's nuts and pray for my conversion to [gasp] their fundamentalist beliefs. That won't happen, ladies, so don't waste your precious prayers on that idea.

Get thee to a psychiatrist-- and fast, while you are still treatable!

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