A difficulty may occur when Christians attempt to treat OCD with behavior therapy. It involves the use of a technique called  “exposure and response prevention in the imagination.”  (Readers unfamiliar with this form of therapy, please see Behavior Therapy for OCD and Example of E/RP in the Imagination.)

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Obsessions are heartless intruders.  They come from outside of ourselves (“egodystonic”), and then relentlessly force their way in.   We try to resist them, but they only grow stronger.  Over and over we do things to put them right, yet they return with increased vengeance. It’s no wonder that the word obsession comes from the Latin […]

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