Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is characterized by “unreasonable thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead you to do repetitive behaviors (compulsions)” (Mayo Clinic). It's also common to experience only thoughts or fears, or only experience the need to participate in the compulsions and still have OCD.
One of the most difficult aspects of this disorder is the lack of freedom, or feelings of entrapment toward these particular thoughts or behaviors. For example, you may feel a great amount of anxiety if you don’t check the stove a certain number of times (compulsion or ritual) to ease your anxiety about the house possibly burning down (obsession/thoughts and fears). It can feel very stressful for an individual struggling with OCD to not participate in the compulsion in order to ease their obsessing thoughts. As a Christian, it can be difficult to reconcile these thoughts and fears against the promises that God gives, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery,” Galatians 5:1.
It is important to consider that if you are in Christ, the Holy Spirit dwells in you. At the same time, it is important to not feel shame over the overwhelming thoughts and obsession of this disorder – this will only spark the stress and compulsions as you seek healing. The fruits of the Spirit are, “love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control,” Galatians 5:22-23, and we can rest in the strength and promise of His presence and promise of these character traits overflowing in to our lives, but it doesn’t mean that there won’t be struggles here on earth. Telling someone about our struggles, and being honest and bare with God about our thoughts will bring feelings of shame and fear into the light. God calls us to “Cast your cares on the LORD and He will sustain you,” Psalm 55:2.
Although OCD can be triggered by a dramatic or tragic event, there is not one specific onset or reason that an individual will struggle with OCD. However, we do know that some people’s brains are more hardwired toward this pattern of thinking. There are treatments and therapy that can help with these thought patterns, and help move you towards freedom.
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