Can Christianity Cure Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?: A Psychiatrist Explores the Role of Faith in Treatment

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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. Yet people may be surprised to learn that some of the greatest leaders in Christian history also ...

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Can Christianity Cure Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?: A Psychiatrist Explores the Role of Faith in Treatment

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Overview

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 Thérèse of Lisieux, as well as his own story, in exploring how faith and science work together to address this complex issue.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587432064
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 582,235
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Osborn, MD, is a psychiatrist practicing at the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute and has taught psychiatry at Penn State University and the University of New Mexico. He struggled with and overcame OCD in his own life and now lectures on the disorder and is recognized as a leading expert. He is also the author of Tormenting Thoughts and Secret Rituals: The Hidden Epidemic of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
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Table of Contents

Prologue: My Search
1. Introduction
2. Renaissance Anxieties
3. Martin Luther: A Monk Crucified by His Thoughts
4. John Bunyan: The Pilgrim's Fears of Hellfire
5. Saint Thérèse: The Obsessions of the Little Flower
6. What Causes Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?
7. Treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
8. Transferring Responsibility to God: The Cure of Luther, Bunyan, and Thérèse
9. A Therapy of Trust: Practical Use
Epilogue: How Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Saved Christianity
Appendices
A. DSM-IV Diagnostic Criteria for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
B. The Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale
Notes
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  • Posted December 13, 2011

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    If you have OCD and are a Christian, this book will help you

    This is by far one of the best books I've read on OCD--and I've read many. I like how the author introduces the subject and goes into enough of the science throughout the book so you know it's well-researched, but he spends the majority of time on looking at the lives of 3 historical Christians--leaders of the faith--who suffered doubts, obsessions, and compulsions. I think the Trust Therapy the author offers is wonderful and would be a useful adjunct to professional CBT and/or medication.

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  • Posted September 25, 2009

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    ocd for life

    I've had ocd all my life. I've read Ian Osborn's other book (Tormenting Thoughts-the Hidden Epidemic of OCD) and feel somewhat of a kinship to the author as he responded to one of my post's on an OCD site, and is a person of faith.

    I do greatly recommend the book, "Can Christianity cure OCD" by Ian Osborn. It was very interesting and I loved the historical aspect.

    I read "Grace Abounding" by John Bunyan (A book mentioned by the author) 25 years ago when the Lord pointed it out to me thru a foot note in the publication by William James, "Varities of Religious Experiences." So John Bunyan has been my 25 year companion in this OCD nightmare even though he lived in the 1600's. I understand, at least, how John Bunyon and Luther over came their fear of damnation by trusting in the Lord's sacrifice at Calvary. If the Lord paid for all their sins at Calvary, the fear of damnation would be gone. In Hebrews 10 it states this truth. The one confusing thing was that the author (Osborn) didn't mention the Cross. He mentions God many times and Jesus once with reference to John Bunyon, but not the Cross. I highly recommend this book. I believe the Lord is the only way of deliverance from OCD. I have only looked to the Lord.

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