Dr. Jed Siev Talks Religious (scrupulosity) and Moral Obsessions
Welcome back to another episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit Podcast. Today, I am so thrilled to talk with you about Religious and Moral Obsessions. In this episode, I was honored to talk with Dr. Jed Siev. Dr. Jed Siev is an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at Swarthmore College and is skilled in treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), specifically Religious and Moral Obsessions. Religious and Moral Obsessions are very common among OCD sufferers and I am so thrilled to share with you.
I was able to take some questions from followers on Instagram (@kimberleyquinlan) for this episode and Jed Siev did such a great job of bringing compassion, skill, and research into the conversation.
Here are some of the questions we addressed in the interview:
What is scrupulosity?
What are the common obsessions and compulsions for Religious (scrupulosity) and Moral Obsessions?
How does Scrupulosity differ from Moral Obsessions?
What does treatment for Religious (scrupulosity) and Moral Obsessions consist of?
Does treatment for Religious and Moral Obsessions differ for different common religions?
The below questions from listeners are addressed:
Is it helpful to involve a member of clergy when treating religious OCD?
Is it common to question whether you are a good person or just do a good thing to prove you are a good person?
How do you practice acceptance of thoughts and obsessions even if it feels so against your morals?
When you struggle with religious (scrupulosity) and Moral Obsessions, how do you teach your younger child to pray?
Why is there such a strong feeling of guilt attached to Religious (scrupulosity) and Moral Obsessions?
How do you address the fear of doing things that are disloyal?
What to do if you keep judging your actions?
What to do if you keep putting shame on yourself?
Thank you for everyone who submitted these questions. I am sure you will find this episode very, very helpful, as I learned so much from Jed Seiv.
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EXCITING NEWS...OCDeconstruct is THIS WEEKEND!! OCDeconstruct is a free online conference designed to give those with OCD, and their loved ones, the information needed to understand key concepts related to the disorder so they can get a productive start on treatment. During the conference, six therapists will present on topics including intrusive thoughts, ERP, family dynamics, medicine and more. OCDeconstruct happens on Saturday, April 13 and will run about 4 hours.