SCRUPULOSITY, GUILT & RELIGIOUS OCD
Scrupulosity sufferers engage in compulsive over-responsibility. They feel exaggerated guilt, check if they hurt someone's feelings, and constantly apologize and justify themselves to others. They review past events to determine if they did something unethical or illegal (offend, steal, cheat, lie, mislead, slander, slur). Email a question, or make an appointment online.
At their job, they might check their work many times to ensure they haven't disclosed confidential information or made a legal mistake on a contract. They double check if they paid enough or got too much change, warn people about perceived "danger," or remove obstacles that people might trip on.
Even if they in fact had a minor ethical infraction, the guilt and the lengths they're willing to go to correct the situation utterly consumes them. Friends and coworkers often reassure them they did nothing wrong and there's no need to apologize, but it's never enough for the sufferer to feel closure. Click to read about Dr. Brodsky's work with Scrupulosity.
Sufferers of religious OCD have exaggerated guilt about what they perceive as sin, unethical behavior, blasphemous or sacrilegious thoughts, or ordinary fleeting questions about their faith. They often fear divine punishment.
Religious OCD doesn't necessarily mean their values and beliefs are false; they might indeed be doctrine. What makes it OCD is how much it consumes them and the lengths to which they'll go to achieve perfect certainty about their moral standing. It's important to understand that there is no difference between the thoughts of someone with OCD and someone without OCD.
Everyone has uncomfortable thoughts every day; it a normal part of being human. The only difference is how someone with OCD reacts to it.
Click and read articles about Dr. Brodsky's work with Scrupulosity, Guilt, and Religious OCD.