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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?

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14 Religious Ritual and OCD
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Sanity and Sanctity
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David Greenberg

Eliezer Witztum

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300071917.003.0014

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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