Summary and Response to Treating Scrupulosity in Religious Individuals Using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Introduction This is a summary, select quotations, and responses from myself to Jonathan D. Huppert and Jedidiah Siev’s article “Treating Scrupulosity in Religious Individuals Using┬áCognitive-Behavioral Therapy” as published in Cognitive and Behavioral Practice 17 (2010) pp. 382-392. It is perhaps the best article I have read for practitioners or patients on the treatment of scrupulosity. …

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A Dark Darkness.

I’ve been ill for the past number of weeks – an auto-immune disorder of some form or another. I was placed on steroids (prednisone) to assist with the inflammation and rashes (which worked miracles as usual). When I take steroids they also cause an immediate and complete lift of my depressive symptoms. Over the past …

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Contemplating Unhealthy Brain Activity and Routines in My Life.

One theory about mental disorders indicates that the issue (at least in some folks) may be caused by over-activity or under-activity in certain portions of the brain. I have read of OCD and ADD being analogized as the “overheating” of the brain. In the sense of OCD this seems somewhat intuitive. The brain locks itself …

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Hanging In…

Despite all the coping skills I have learned over the years, sometimes my mental health takes a precipitous ride down the crapper – now would be one of those times. I’ve been struggling hardcore with depression for the last few weeks. It comes on in waves, hitting me like a steamroller and then passing over…then …

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