Two to three percent of the global population suffer from OCD. Of that number, approximately five percent of OCD sufferers report having religious or moral obsessions. Scrupulosity, an often under-recognized subtype of OCD, leads those affected to mistake clinical OCD symptoms for committing sins, offending God, or being morally corrupt. Many people with scrupulosity or moral perfectionism turn to clergy for help rather than a mental health professional.
This book, authored by a therapist among the most experienced in the world in dealing with this disorder, covers the symptoms, diagnosis, history, development, causes, and treatment of scrupulosity. Intended for students, mental health professionals, and clergy, this essential resource includes the latest theory, research, treatments, and case studies necessary to recognize and destigmatize scrupulosity as well as encourage optimal treatment outcomes and relapse prevention.
- Includes a diverse collection of case studies that showcase how OCD does not discriminate by culture or religious faiths
- Provides clear guidelines for assessment and treatment based on the latest research
- Teaches clinicians how to stay clinically focused on the OCD symptoms rather than religious or moral implications
- Discusses the social and cultural attitudes toward scrupulosity as well as the specific religious practices that become scrupulosity and moral perfectionism symptoms