This is me with Ruffy. I live in State College, Pennsylvania, where I grew up and then practiced psychiatry for many years, most of them in the student health center of Penn State (see I.O. CV). I became a Christian at a somewhat late age–about thirty– and I’m committed to that faith. I have been married for 25 years to my wife, Rosa, and have three grown kids and two grandchildren. What else? That’s about it. I like golf and watching sports. I like reading about religion.
I’ve had my own struggle with obsessions and compulsions, and through my own (sometimes I admit obsessive) study of Christianity, I’ve run across some ideas that I know can be helpful to others with OCD. I know this because I’ve treated a lot of Christians with the disorder. On this website, I’m trying to put enough information to allow a person to understand how he or she can effectively use faith to combat OCD.
Dr Osborn is a psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder. He has taught psychiatry as a faculty member at Penn State University and the University of New Mexico. He lectures and writes on the subject of obsessive-compulsive disorder, a problem he himself has suffered. Dr Osborn is the author of two books on OCD:
Tormenting Thoughts and Secret Rituals: The Secret Epidemic of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. This book explains the nature of OCD and reviews the disorder’s causes and treatments.
Can Christianity Cure Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder? A Psychiatrist Explores the Role of Faith in Treatment. This book delves into the relationship between OCD and the Christian faith.