People with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder know their fears are irrational, but struggle to break free from obsessional thinking and compulsive behaviors. This elective provides a hope-giving and practical approach to this struggle.
“Am I saved?” “Have I committed the ‘unpardonable’ sin?” “Is this action a sin?” “Why do I always feel condemned?” “Why can’t I get these thoughts out of my head?” This session provides a gospel-based ministry approach to Christians crippled by obsessive doubt, scrupulosity, and an overly-sensitive conscience.
As an extension and application of the material on psychiatry, we recently covered the topic of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in class. People with this struggle find that they have persistent and intrusive, anxiety-producing thoughts (obsessions) that are usually (but not always) associated with behaviors/rituals (compulsions) that lessen the anxiety.
Small, seemingly inconsequential life habits often point to deeper struggles of the human heart. Monica Kim explores how an obsession with cleaning her house connected to feeling of out of control in other life situations. She explores the conflict between the ruling desires of her own heart and the mercy shown for her at the cross of Christ. Living a God-honoring life brings peace into otherwise hostile situations, and this deep peace removes the obsessions that control life.
ABSTRACT: What does OCD look like in everyday life? One woman tells of her own struggle with intruding thoughts and compulsive behaviors. Instead of giving in to these thoughts and behaviors, she accepts the truth that God does not see her as flawed but as a person in Christ. This knowledge helps to release her from OCD’s grip.