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Can Christianity Cure Obsessive-compulsive Disorder?


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Prologue: My Search
1. Introduction
2. Renaissance Anxieties
3. Martin Luther: A Monk Crucified by His Thoughts
4. John Bunyan: The Pilgrim's Fears of Hellfire
5. Saint Therese: The Obsessions of the Little Flower
6. What Causes Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?
7. Treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
8. Transferring Responsibility to God: The Cure of Luther, Bunyan, and Therese
9. A Therapy of Trust: Practical Use
Epilogue: How Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Saved Christianity
A. DSM-IV Diagnostic Criteria for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
B. The Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale

About the Author

Ian Osborn, MD, is a psychiatrist at Penn State University and Clearfield-Jefferson Mental Heath Center who lives in State College, Pennsylvania. He struggled with and overcame Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in his own life and now lectures frequently on OCD and its treatment. He is also the author of Tormenting Thoughts and Secret Rituals: The Hidden Epidemic of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

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