110. The Silent Sufferers of OCD — A Conversation with Paul Peterson

There is almost certainly someone in your life who is struggling with OCD, and it could be much more severe than you might imagine. OCD is a serious mental illness, and it’s very common for OCD sufferers to experience severe depression and even suicidal thoughts. In a religious setting, it is quite common for OCD to manifest in extreme and very unhealthy scrupulosity. In a previous Faith Matters podcast episode, podcast host Tim Chaves shared some of his own very painful struggles with OCD and scrupulosity. We were amazed by how many people  reached out to us to share their own experiences with OCD. Some had been diagnosed and knew what to call it, but others hadn’t replied that what they were suffering from during their lifetime was OCD. Latter-day Saints often start by explaining its symptoms in religious language, or looking only to religious solutions to solve it.This week, we share a truly illuminating conversation we recorded with Paul Peterson, CEO of the OCD and Anxiety Treatment Center.If you know someone who may be suffering from OCD, please feel free to share this episode with them. We want to spread as widely as possible any information that can lead to diagnosis and treatment.This is part of an ongoing conversation Faith Matters is sponsoring about mental health challenges faced by so many of our brothers and sisters, friends, and family members. Find an OCD therapist:https://iocdf.org/find-help/The OCD and Anxiety Treatment Center (Paul’s organization):https://www.theocdandanxietytreatmentcenter.com/Single Saints Summit:https://ss.leadingsaints.org/single-saints-registrationMentally Healthy Saints Summit:https://mhs.leadingsaints.org/mental-health-landing48113181Register for Restore: A Faith Matters Gathering.

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