OCD and Christianity

Recently, a young woman with OCD described to me her experiences in a deliverance ministry. Her pastor, after hearing a full account of her symptoms, had explained that in his opinion she suffered not from a medical problem, but rather from a spiritual one. “It’s not God’s will that you should be mentally disabled,he had said. “Fear is a spiritual stronghold, so you have to get rid of that stronghold. You need to cast it out, and cleanse yourself of it. You need to say, ‘Spirit of fear, I’m resisting you!

The patient, unfortunately, found no relief through this approach. It’s no wonder. There are two enormous problems with it. First of all, OCD is unquestionably a medical disorder. Although psychological and environmental factors contribute to it (just as with heart disease), the final result is a clear-cut, heavily researched, biochemical problem involving the brain. To discourage an individual with OCD from employing effective treatments such as medications or cognitive-behavioral therapy is a major error.

In addition to that, OCD is likely to be made worse by the treatment prescribed by the pastor. In other clinical conditions, such as cancer or severe depression, the deliverance approach might well be appropriate as long as medical treatments were not discouraged. But the basic problem with OCD is that resisting obsessional fears–in trying anything to cast them out of mind–actually makes the fears stronger. That’s the way OCD works.

“It took a little bit of time,” the young woman explained, “but nothing worked for me. If it was a spiritual stronghold, OCD should have weakened. But the more I tried to cast out the demon, the worse it got. The more I read about OCD; it is a biological problem, not a demon problem. I forgave those who hurt me… they were trying. But I still have God, and I’m better off than other people with OCD who don’t. Now, what I pray for is just the grace to trust God. I give God the responsibility of managing this whole big thing. I say, ‘God you are in control of OCD, and I have to trust you. Whatever happens, happens.’”


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59 Response Comments

  • C.L.   at

    I think that forgiving people that maybe misguided you in the process of ocd management is essential. I also have had the advice to resist it and cast it out so to speak. As Dr. O mentioned, this doesn’t work as the ocd almost always gets worse with this approach.

  • ivy   at

    OCD is a stronghold yes, but I notice that the way strongholds are described, it sounds as if the pastor believed that strongholds and demons are the same thing.

    Strongholds are actually thoughts that raise themselves up against the knowledge of Christ. That can be taken both as knowing Christ personally, and the knowledge of the truth that sets you free through Christ. In other words, its a house of thoughts that demons that move into and clutch onto. In the bible, Jesus describes a demon being temporarily given the boot and the `house`it came from basically being given window dressing. He comes back, finds it as he left it and brings some buddies to reinforce his hold. If you try and cast out opportunistic evil without removing the structures they are holding onto, of course it will get worse.

    Our thoughts are shown to be capable of actually affecting our brain chemistry. So OCD can be both demonic, spiritual, mental and neurological. No big surprise there. So casting out demons if they were there, would not, of itself solve the problem until you identified what the nest of beliefs and trigger issues were. Some folks can most likely have OCD that results from purely a neurochemistry problem but I think that most often, it is a combination of these things. So its not a wonder to me that the pastor`s limited understanding didn`t help and in fact made it worse because of it not working. As if one wouldn`t feel hopeless and frightened enough having a problem that 99 percent of the body of Christ is clueless about and scared to try and help with, and then feeling like you are beyond reach because what your pastor said would work, didn`t.

    • Jesse Goodwin   at

      I agree, I’ve had many issues that caused me continued nightmares. It required forgiveness, rebuking and renouncing to stop my spiritual attacks and it also ended all my nightmares. I was being attacked through different times of trauma throughout my lifetime and had to identify everyone of them and renounce anything that could keep a hold on me then I forgave everyone that I had a grudge against and then out loud, through the Lord Jesus Christ rebuked these demons from my mind and influence. Ever since then I felt a ton of stress, paranoia and fear had disappeared and my nightmares never came back. Ever since then I have been so inspired to help others with these same issues and learned that most mental illnesses don’t exist the way psychologists explain them but are of the spirit and soul.

      • Greg.m   at

        I would like to learn more about defeating this giant through Christ and other pratices that do go against him

  • Kelly Childress   at

    Hi, I have suffered from spiritual OCD and I have read a few articles on it ..they say that the blasphemous thoughts are from the enemy and then he tries to make people think they committed the unpardonable sin, this is true I know it’s happened to me..he has tried to make me doubt and I have been so tormented that I have had slips of the tongue and be in such a state a confusion and upset I just said things in distress in trying to rebuke the enemy and I didn’t know what I was saying until after I said it..the enemy tormented me horribly..so I know this is true I pray for anyone who goes thru this .God bless,
    I would like to know if anyone here had experienced this

    • Reyna   at

      Praise Jesus I’m not the only one! Yes I have gone through this and have suffered a demon attack last night. I tried hard to keep my faith strong but the demon kept attackng my mind with thoughts of doubt. I am in need of heavy prayer.

      • Alex Thaxton   at

        Me too I will pray for you Reyna u pray for me

    • Hubery   at

      I’m almost certain that OCD is indeed a result of demonic activity. Though after I was saved God is slowly healing my tormented mind, I occasionally experience blasphemous thoughts that just cannot be from me. I have been doing a lot better lately as God’s Holy Spirit is transforming my life and here are things I have learned that help a lot: The thoughts aren’t who you really are. Do not worry about them, try to counter them, or get frustrated. They originate from your fears and insecurities that you don’t necessarily notice in your daily life. Therefore, God allowed OCD to enter your life to teach you many things (I’ll list them) and give you spiritual growth! Try shifting your focus: Seek God first and seek healing and deliverance second. This whole thing is to teach you to trust God despite the circumstances (no matter what your fear is!) and to know that God is omniscient and always in control (you’re not, so don’t get all frustrated when your thoughts go out of control). Here’s the evidence of how big of a role fear plays in OCD: Before I heard the gospel, blasphemous thoughts were never part of the turmoil; when I was still studying in China, because of the education system there, my OCD made me spend hours thinking about the easiest question in an assignment, afraid that I’d make an unlikely mistake and get humiliated or even abused by the teachers. My parents were convinced that I would not even survive in China after they observed all my shaking and sleepless nights, so they sent me to Canada where your grade doesn’t determine “life and death”. Soon after, compulsions triggered by homework and tests started fading away. As you can see, your fear (the areas you’re not fully trusting God in) tightens Satan’s grip. The more you think about those fears, the more you fuel them. The solution is to trust that God is in control (which I know is hard when you have OCD), everything will be all right, and that you are no longer slaves to fear as Christ has achieved victory on the cross! Let’s get rid of the fear in your particular case… The unpardonable sin is nothing to worry about. The very fact that you are worried indicates that the Holy Spirit is at work and you are in God’s love and forgiveness! (learn more about it here, as I have found this sermon helpful: http://www.desiringgod.org/messages/beyond-forgiveness-blasphemy-against-the-spirit) I pray that God will lay His peace and healing hands upon you and that God will strengthen your faith. May His will be done! John 1:5 “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” God bless you all!

      • Katie   at

        I read the sermon but it did not help in coming to terms with my blasphemous thoughts. And yes you mentioned that if you feel uncomfortable about them then the spirit is at work. But what if the blasphemous thought feels like its in your own words even if they are not? Let me re-phrase, what if you hear the evil thoughts from the enemy as if they were your own words? Which is beyond disgusting but I pray to the father that he helps me because they are not my thoughts I only have them.

        • Tina   at

          The great thing is God knows what your true thoughts are. He knows these aren’t your thoughts and your not choosing to have them. The way you know they’re not yours is they disturb or discust you. That tells you this isn’t what you actually think.So when the disturbing thoughts come in, acknowledge it but don’t fret and try to clear the thought or undo it. Keep focusing on the truth that God loves you and hears your true self! You can say a simple “Praise God, or Jesus loves me” and go on about your business. The more you accept the thought coming in but don’t get disturbed by it, it won’t be as loud and will happen less and less and become easier to let float through.

    • Tim   at

      Jesus replied, “How can the attendants of the bridegroom mourn while He is with them? But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them; then they will fast. ” …You are not alone and Jesus knew you would suffer like this but he will send a helper to overcome your doubts, for He has overcome death. Keep the faith, sometime you must resign yourself to not knowing until the helper (holy spirit) picks you up. Fasting can be spiritual or physical deprivation…a time you may be in a state of darkness. You are not alone. Keep the faith and mighty forces will come to your aid. Spiritually dying to the flesh is not easy, the flesh fights back, this world relentlessly promotes and defiles the flesh but the power of God has overcome this world through blood and sacrifice of Jesus. God loves you.

    • Karyn neal   at

      Yes love same here I’m trusting God. I know there demonic attacks keep your chin up and trust God.

    • Joshua   at

      I have,,, very tormenting for the past 3.5 yrs or more. Has anyone broke free completely from this? I know it is a spiritual root problem but it has affected my mind and physical biological makeup as well, especially my personality and character and behavior. I dont know how it developed exactly I have speculated as to open doors i may have opened but not sure if they are contributors to this, Im sure they are.

    • Janette   at

      Hello yes! My 17yo son is in so much suffering religious OCD.seventh day adventist follow d bible,d 10 commandments,clean n unclean foods so my son is being stricken with this that if he doesn’t observe sabbath he’s being punish-this is his obsessive thoughts that he have to be perfect!!
      This is in itself is demonic attack n to be completely healed d person should b willing to get help n he says in the powerful name of Jesus I command you to get out of me…that’s how Jesus prayed when he was healing d boy possessed..then start reading d bible
      memorizing verses coz we r fighting with not 1 but principalities n God’s word is your sword n like David you will win d battle with Up front😀

      • admin   at

        Janette, obsessional thoughts are different. It’s a different strategy by Satan. In general, they are not going to come out by ordering them to. A better strategy in this particular warfare is to endure the demonic attacks in hope…leaving the battle to the Lord.

        • Bella   at

          My son is also Janettes son’s age and has been suffering greatly with intrusive thoughts cursing against God. He is unable to focus and function and doesn’t want to live anymore. This all started as he was growing closer to God and praying and reading his bible more. A friend of mine also told him he had demons and was trying to cast them out and this all started my son’s obsession and fear. He was fine before and never had any blasphemous thoughts ever! He is a teen with mild intellectual abilities, so just telling him to breathe and distract his mind or “rebuke” these thoughts in the name of Jesus are not helping. He is unable to self-soothe or receive any kind of soothing when he is throwing a temper tantrum and kicking the walls begging for these thoughts to go away. He kept asking me if God knows he doesn’t mean to think these things and he would never say these things out loud. I told him that God knows our hearts better than we do. Nevertheless, he had to be admitted to the Psych ward for observation and they have started him on meds to break the cycle of OCD/anxiety and these horrible intrusive thoughts of a religious theme. We will continue praying but he needed help immediately! We will always continue praying and thanking God for leading us to the right people to treat him.

          • L. Reed   at

            I suffer with panic and OCD on a regular basis. I’ve had those same thoughts as your son about not wanting to live and being so angry at God. I really believe OCD dtems from wanting to do the right thing, but then becoming legalistic about it. It’s an opportunity to relearn the grace of God over our sin. We can NOT stop thinking thoughts by punishing ourselves. We have to learn to trust Jesus that when He said he forgave all our sin he meant it. Jesus did not spend every second casting out a spirit of this and that, His Spirit will drive out the spirit of fear as we trust in His word. It’s hard work to lean on the unchanging word of God but its worth it. Praying for peace. ❤️

    • Am   at

      I have. I suffer from pure ocd and I have horrible unforgivable thoughts that are completely unwanted and downright disturbing. I’ve tried to rebuke it the name of jesus but the images just kept popping up over amd over and made me feel to ashamed too pray. My mom revealed to me those thoughts were not mine and it gave me some relief but they never stopped. Sometimes it’s a straight spiritual attack and tends to happen more the closer I get to jesus… the thoughts are so blasphemous and so disturbing I couldn’t repeat them….

    • Alex Thaxton   at

      Yes I am now dealing with exactly all of this currently, it’s nice to know I’m not alone .

    • Karyn neal   at

      Yes my love you are not alone in this issue. There are many may going through this valley in our life. I have gone through this also But I trust God Jesus and Holy spirit for help as they can do what I can’t which is give you peace and strength to get this.

    • Andreea   at

      I understand you. I went through similar situations several times. Actually since childhood and it is horrible. Two times I was so angry at Devil for putting undesirable thoughts in my mind, that the thoughts turned against him, instead of swearing God, swearing Satan, which made me think I was completely crazy. That made me think more about OCD origin, if the thoughts were only from devil, then why he would have sweared himself? Was it also a medical condition? Or the devil tried through this tactic to turn the spotlight away from him?

    • Steve   at

      Am here..same happened am just waiting for judgement

    • b   at

      hey, I am currently going through it. It is demonic, but we can treat it through prayers and medication. are you doing good now? or is it a forever kind of disease? God bless you.

  • Georgie   at

    The Bible teaches that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. We are also dust. I have been suffering with both Pure O and OCD for many many years and have been on various medications. I believe this disorder stems from the fall of man. It is something mysterious and since there is no known cure, we know that eventually God will “wipe away all tears” in the end, as He promises in Revelation. We are in this suffering temporarily. In the meantime, we must persevere under trial and keep believing that God works all things together for the good of them that love Him. Romans 8.

  • Jonan   at

    I did experience such intrusive blasphemous thoughts as a teenager just after I became a born again believer.The more I fought with it,the stronger it became, driving me to guilt and self condemnation.But as I studied the Bible , I began to understand that those voices were just lies and they come from the Father of lies(John 8:44).And I realised the sillyness and the danger of believing such lies.The moment I understood this truth,those voices or thoughts lost their hold over me and I became free.We need to understand that as believers,we are no longer under condemnation (Romans 8) and realsing this truth,we need to walk in love, free from guilt, fear ,condemnation or shame.I would like to reassure and encourage all those who had faced similar struggles in life that Jesus understands and loves you so much.And you will overcome it with the truth one day and you will help others to be free from not only OCDs but also from all other kinds of bondage and addictions that comes from believing lies.God bless.

  • Irene Lim   at

    My daughter has all OCD actions but worst is command us to repeat n repeat countless times repeating talking . She insist us repeating talking n talking for whole night.
    I like to know if Any one come across such OCD. Pls let me know . Thanks

    • admin   at

      Hi Irene, it’s pretty hard to tell what’s going on there. That certainly isn’t a typical OCD symptom. I think you probably should try to get an opinion from some sort of a health professional or one of her teachers at school… Someone who could interview her or who knows her and try to get a sense what is going on.

  • Deborah   at

    Hi..I’m Derby and I’m 19 years old..im going through this same problem and I really feel awful…I don’t know how and what to do because nobody understands how im feeling..I don’t know where to go either..I’ve been a Christian my whole life and I feel my life is going to be miserable with this problem..

    • Bella   at

      The key is acceptance, patience, understanding, and a lot of self love! The more you try to stop these thoughts, the more it will happen. It’s like telling you, don’t think of a pink elephant. I’m sure when I wrote “don’t think of a pink elephant” your brain, deciphering these words, immediately pulled up a brief image of a pink elephant. So, fighting against it doesn’t work. When one learns to accept it in the sense that you stop trying to push it away, it will everutally have no more power over you, because whatever we focus on or even give attention to grows stronger. Getting out of this cycle will take a while. As hard as that is even when some of the thoughts seem “unacceptable”, the reality is God knows your hearts and true intentions and he’s not going to condemn for it. Just remember your brain is now in a thought cycle that needs to be broken. Distract yourself as much as possible is another technique. If distraction techniques, grounding techniques, a lot of self love and patience does not work, then you may need a trial of medication just so that new pathways in your brain can be created, enough to brake the cycle. Prayer can definitely help, but if someone is at a point where they are getting more ill and it’s effecting every aspect of their lives, medication is warrenred. I’m praying in some way, shape or form, that everyone on here conquers this! Xo

    • b   at

      Deby, my sister, I am going through the same. we will heal but in the mean time go to therapy girl, that will help.

  • Bethany   at

    Hey Derby-
    Girl- you’re not alone and this will not always dominate your life. At 40, I’ve periodically suffered through bouts of these obsessive, fearful thoughts. I’ve just been dealing with it again recently which lead me to this forum.
    As a fellow sufferer, let me walk you through a few helpful truths: 1) you are a beloved child of the king. He knows your heart, your desires, your weaknesses. He loves you with a never ending love. It is by grace you have been saved. No slip of tongue or mind can undo that. 2) These thoughts are called intrusive thoughts. They are unbidden and unwelcome. You did not create them nor do you have to take ownership of them. 3) This is a fallen world. Darkness is still here, and a fallen enemy still desires to destroy the people of God. You did not have to overstep a line or give Satan a foothold to welcome oppression. 4) Most likely, your affliction is caused by a combination of factors. Perhaps like me, you have sensitive heart. Perhaps you have a prophetic gift- those things are beautiful but add to vulnerability. Maybe you’ve had extreme stress and fatigue lately- that makes you more vulnerable. Perhaps you brain chemistry is a little wacky at the moment. I believe demons take advantage of that vulnerability as well. Sometimes medication for anxiety can help you even out the playing field. 5) a thoughtful community is very helpful- the listening and prayerful kind, not the accusatory kind. 6) because you did not author these thoughts- you can tell them to go away. I think of it as internally turning my mind away from them and giving them no playtime.

    It is for freedom that Christ has set you free. I will pray with you that you experience freedom from this mind game and sabotage. I believe our enemy seeks to paralyze and destroy us in anyway possible- but you, beloved daughter- are no longer a slave to fear.
    All the best.

  • Kerri   at

    Praise God, I am free of OCD for over ten years now. I will tell you exactly how I experienced freedom. It wasn’t through medication. I tried meds and they didn’t work. Counseling was helpful, but the deliverance was so immediate that even my counselor remarked that it must have been something more than counseling which helped me.

    I began experiencing repetitive, unwanted thoughts when I was in third grade. I worried that I would go blind from looking at the sun, which led me to try to tempt fate by looking quickly at the sun and looking away. Although I was afraid of going blind, still the OCD demon compelled me to self-harm. I also experienced the compulsion to do things five times, like turning the lights on and off five times. I was a lonely kid, which made things worse. I had no one to play with so my thoughts were even more intrusive because I was alone all the time. This also made it easy to hide the fact that I was acting weird.

    I also began to experience blasphemous thoughts about Christ, the cross, and God the Father. Although I loved God, I would also have intrusive disgusting thoughts that were unholy and profane. When I was about 12, I read a passage in the Bible in Luke about the unforgivable sin. I immediately felt compelled to curse the Holy Spirit out loud. Even though I didn’t want to be damned, I felt compelled to do it. This caused untold worry, fear, and anxiety about my salvation for many years. Later a pastor explained to me that this passage was about unbelief. Note what our brother Mark says in his gospel: Mark 3:30 “Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit.” This explains that the Pharisees were seeing the Son of God and proclaiming that He healed by Satan’s power. If you fear you have committed the unpardonable sin, take heart. The unpardonable sin cannot be committed today as Christ has returned to the side of the Father. You will not see Him healing and accuse Him of being possessed by demons.

    I finally experienced a crisis which I would rather not go into detail about, but it was terrifying and I was worried I was losing my mind. I had been to counselors before without success, and tried medication without success. My new counselor listened to my story and assured me I was not going crazy. This alone lessened my anxiety and lowered my emotional intensity, but there was more needed to experience freedom. And freedom did come – quickly.

    HERE IS MY ANSWER to you about how I overcame OCD, which proved to me that it was a spiritual stronghold and related to demonic oppression (not possession, but harassment). When I was attacked by OCD thoughts, I would immediately BEGIN TO PRAISE JESUS for EVEN _THAT_. I would say “Lord Jesus, I am having blasphemous thoughts, but I thank You that You died and Your blood is SUFFICIENT to cover EVEN THAT. I praise You for being such a wonderful Savior that Your death was able to atone for EVEN THAT SIN.” Although some may say the blasphemous thoughts were not mine, it did not matter. I praised Jesus for being an all-sufficient Savior whose blood was more than enough to cover anything I would or could ever think, say, or do.

    Satan doesn’t want you praising God. And to praise God for your struggle – even worse in the evil one’s mind! If you do this every time you are harassed and tormented, pretty soon the thoughts will leave you. The Scripture says: “The Lord inhabits the praises of His people” (Psalm 22). God’s presence is more likely to be with you when you are praising Him, and Satan doesn’t want to be around God! All praise to His Holy Name!

    • Donna   at

      Thank you for this comment. I have been told that when these harassing thoughts attack to punch back with prayer and scripture, but now I will add and praising the Lord.

      • jeff savoie   at

        Thank you so much for this. This…..finally makes perfect sense, the whole stop resisting it, or trying to force it out, and then, actually thanking God for the struggle (I’m thinking it makes one stronger and wiser too as they search for answers. I going to keep a tremendously long story short, but the amount of time avenues I have entertained searching for answer is so great. And….this finally makes perfect sense. I’m not sure if you came up with this, or received it elsewhere, but it is amazing. Thank you!

    • jeff savoie   at

      This makes perfect sense! Thank you!

    • Faith   at

      Thank you for this comment. I am in this place once again. I have been dealing with this since a young child. I would pray it away BUT ever since I went to a health care center that I was asked not to visit….I feel as though my disobedience has caused this and sooooo many other things to go wrong in my mind and body. I am so afriad. I literally need healing everywhere.

    • julie k   at

      This is brilliant as it goes with the cognitive behavioral line of thinking of “do not resist” the thoughts. If we can thank God for them, we will not be in the mode of resisting them. I love how it integrates both the secular CBT methods with a spiritual foundation. Bravo! And prayers for your continued peace.

    • Steve   at

      Hey kerri same happened to me..but I feel like am doomed

    • Child of yahusha   at

      Thank you so much. I have dealt with this nonsense as long as I can remember. The only time it would go away is when I was openly sinning. It’s almost like they are mad you aren’t sinning, so they attack your sanity. Yahweh bless you all. Love you guys. Thank you.

  • Debbie   at

    Hi, sorry to hear about your terrible torment.
    I also have this. OCD “switched on” one day and it felt like someone had whispered an unrelated (to anything I was thinking or doing) and unwanted terrifying thought straight into the centre of my brain. It felt like it was my thought but “put there” to the point I almost turned around to look who was near . It set up patterns of thoughts that had not previously been there but the terror it caused in my mind made me so aware of the thoughts and then I began to look out for them myself – thus incorporating them into my own thought patterns – therefore tormenting myself. These began at least 3 years before I believed in Jesus Christ. Interestingly the thoughts sometimes used words I would never choose and would be so quick that they would insert themselves into an unfinished sentence in my mind changing the whole meaning of it to something I was not thinking. I am able to know when the thought is put there and when it is my damaged “own” thoughts now so I generally believe either this is the result of thought planting technology from people who do not know Christ or from demonic activity, but of course I cannot prove it and It wouldn’t matter anyhow, knowing the specific cause may not make it stop. I tried deliverence and being annointed with oil by a pastor without success.
    I have now begun to have tics as I battle the awful thoughts as I am constantly aware of my sin and shame before God. I am aware that this should not be happening to those who love God so it also causes me to question if I am saved.
    It is very severe but I try to get up and get on with things knowing that the truth will out in the end !!! I would be a bit careful with cognitive behavioural therapy as that can expect the practitioner to record possibly sinful thoughts and play them over and over to reduce fear of them, which may (possibly) be sinful in itself
    2 Corinthians 10:5 tells us that we are to “demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
    I try to catch and stop or interrupt the thoughts often to no avail as they are too fast for me which is opposite to what CBT tells you to do, as with that you are supposed to either leave the thought alone or repeat it deliberately unchanged until you reduce the fear. Possibly what I do makes things worse but interrupting it isn’t sin at least. Please read the Scripture below which may help.
    Romans 8:38-39 New International Version (NIV)
    38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
    Be blessed.

  • Bek   at

    Read Robert Henderson’s books “Operating in the Courts of Heaven” and “Receiving Healing in the Courts of Heaven” for a better understanding of the correct approach to find the spiritual freedom needed in this situation. That pastor was not wrong but he had the wrong method.

    • Corey   at

      Hey I was just reading your post! I been praying and fasting myself. It just seems like these thoughts will make something new up in my mind. I don’t want these thoughts. I ask God to cast them out every single day! I been a Christian for awhile. I been praying, reading, and I fasted a few times. Have you tried medication or anything to help? I thought about trying medication but wasn’t to sure about it.

  • Stefan   at

    1. Our identity is in Christ.
    2. These thoughts and the power they exercised on me made me feel more spiritually closer to God. I asked the Lord to take my life but eventually I demolished the foundation of fear and pride where the demons hide.

    • Donna   at

      How did you defeat OCD? Can you give some insight.

      I find that just letting the thought exist without fight it helps a lot. I will tell my brain, “good, you just had a terrible thought…keep them coming. I need you to keep sending me those thoughts because I need to be challenged. I love the challenge.”
      Jesus is my all and every reason why I continue on in the Valley of the Shadow of Death, OCD.

  • Linda   at

    I once suffered OCD in an extreme way. It came about I believe through being brought up in a disfunctional family. Looking back satan used the situation to torment me. I took medication but didn’t help. It controlled my life. It felt like the thoughts were coming from the outside. They seemed to mock me and asked me to do stupid things that didn’t make sense. At the age of 18 I came to know the Lord. I came to realise that He was in control and by doing all these things would not change a thing. I found I could rest in Jesus and that He was in control of my life. It brought me so much peace I could rest in Him. Slowly those thoughts left me. I thank the Lord so much for setting me free. I give my thoughts to him and speak His promises over my life He set me free.

  • AA   at

    For me i struggled with it for almost 8 years. it was a tough struggle, bothered me daily. But for me healing and freedom came when i confessed and repented for my secret sins…. sin opens a door for the devil to attack in ways you never thought….. for so long i walked in the dark with my sin but when i gave that to God and He forgave me through Jesus, that is when i got real healing…. see i accepted Jesus like almost 10 years, but i didnt make Him my Lord over my life till i repent for my secret sins… i would just suggest be real with God and talk to Him and if there is any sins in your life that You aint repent for now is the time, and ask Him to heal You so You can walk in Your Freedom… Jesus really died and rose so we can be free from all this. Jesus took our pain and struggle on the cross so we don’t have to struggle with it. There is freedom in Christ.

  • Georgie   at

    All of us who suffer with OCD have different symptoms that distress us. Mine mostly revolve around fears of contamination. I have suffered this way for many many years. My Doctor put me on medication for anxiety which I have been on for three years now and it does lower my level of anxiety. I find this mental affliction quite difficult to cope with and manage. Someday God promises to wipe away all tears. Then those of us who are born again will be free of OCD indeed.

  • Kris   at

    Has anyone had the feeling or fear that maybe you thought the thought deliberately (I have felt that like urge or temptation to think offencive thought before thought came. Maybe it is just a feeling). My thoughts are mostly about Holy Spirit because thats what i fear the most.

    • Dens   at

      I have the same fear too. I don’t know if mine is intentional or not. I am tormented about it

  • Corey   at

    Hey I was just reading your post! I been praying and fasting myself. It just seems like these thoughts will make something new up in my mind. I don’t want these thoughts. I ask God to cast them out every single day! I been a Christian for awhile. I been praying, reading, and I fasted a few times. Have you tried medication or anything to help? I thought about trying medication but wasn’t to sure about it.

    • Donna   at

      Hi Corey,
      About medications, they never helped me. I have tried several different SSRI’s and all failed. I have had some success with 5 HTP. It does help to reduce my anxiety and works within minutes. Maybe your doctor can give you information about it.

    • Donna   at

      Sorry, forgot to mention, inositol (b vitamin) that I have read helps OCD.
      Both 5 HTP and inositol can be tried together and there is no weaning off if they don’t work. 5 HTP should not be taken with an SSRI. It can make you sick, serotonin syndrome.
      Medications, when they work, can be helpful, but, in my opinion, I think the only real way out of OCD is leaning into the anxiety with ERP, encouragement from love ones, and above all else, Trust in God.
      God Bless.

  • Maria   at

    I had been very tormented since i was very young and was almost raped this start from the night to the day i have horrible evil demoniac toughts

  • Daisy   at

    Even iam also having same problem. Thanks all of you for sharing .blastphemy is so forceful at times i used to chant god names many times but iamnt getting full relief..iam depressed and guilty always..but nobody believing that it is bcoz of a devil

  • Micre.31   at

    I’m a female 21 year old I have horrible intrusive thoughts my are pure evil words like rape, kill, and bad memories of my past flood my mind sometimes I feel like ripping myself apart because I cant stop it

  • Sharay   at

    I’ve struggled with OCD since I was 17 and a few years ago it got so bad. Sometimes I think I’m going crazy. Even tho I love our father in heaven these thoughts cannot stop. And I believe such things like this do not belong in heaven. I’ve been trying to seek help with counselors or psychiatrists to help me cleanse my mind. I pray everyday and don’t doubt my prayers, on occasion I do. But I still believe and love God, sometimes I ask myself how could I love him but still think so evil about him? It’s very tormenting. I see repeated numbers of 666 and I know it’s a sign. I have nightmares of dark figures and sleep paralysis. I love God and I don’t care about my salvation, I just want to know God and Jesus before my life ends. Everyday I ask our father to forgive me for thinking such things and for him to help me with my mind and cleanse my thoughts. Which I believe will be cleansed. And for thinking such thoughts, I am terrified of God, because he’s the only living spirit who can choose where I go. I really thought I was alone and going crazy, after doing research turns out I’m not alone. I now know there are so many healthy ways to cope and let them pass. I would really love to help people who are struggling with tormented thoughts, because I know how it feels; somedays I cry to God. If anything helps, please just keep praying because prayers work and God has won, not sure if I said it right but keep your faith. I pray Jesus is with you and your guardian angel is with you always. Talk to Jesus everyday and peace will be with you. I know OCD is very tough but don’t give up on prayer. Amen.

  • Ralph   at

    I have struggled with strongholds, sexual addiction and thoughts of harming others, pets and babies, but I have never acted on them. I dont have nightmares. Since I only act on my sexual fantasies by lusting, I feel that this is an area I need to focus on, but I do believe they are all related. Although the thoughts concern me of violence disturb me. Since I have not acted on them, I am not terribly concerned, but it does feel like demonic influence because they come out of no where. Finding out what the source of this influence is is now my goal.

  • Andreea   at

    I went through similar situations several times. Actually since childhood and it is horrible. Two times I was so angry at Devil for putting undesirable thoughts in my mind, that the thoughts turned against him, instead of swearing God, swearing Satan, which made me think I was completely crazy. That made me think more about OCD origin, if the thoughts were only from devil, then why he would have sweared himself? Was it also a medical condition? Or the devil tried through this tactic to turn the spotlight away from him?