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Sanity and SanctityMental Health Work Among the Ultra-Orthodox in Jerusalem$
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David Greenberg and Eliezer Witztum

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780300071917

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300071917.001.0001

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Religious Ritual and OCD

Religious Ritual and OCD

Is the Torah a “Perfect Medicine” or Does it Cause OCD?

14 Religious Ritual and OCD
Sanity and Sanctity

David Greenberg

Eliezer Witztum

Yale University Press

This chapter analyzes data from clinical work with ultra-orthodox obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) sufferers and from epidemiological studies in several countries to address the following question: Does religious ritual induce OCD? It focuses on three issues: the selectivity of religious compulsions among religious practices, the presence of religious and nonreligious symptoms among OCD sufferers, and the distribution of OCD in different cultures.

Keywords:   ultra-orthodox Jews, obsessive compulsive disorder, religious compulsions, religious practices

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