Chapter 15. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Religion: A Reconnaissance

  1. Peter J. Verhagen Psychiatrist Theologian2,
  2. Herman M. Van Praag Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry3,
  3. Juan J. López-Ibor Jr Professor of Psychiatry4,
  4. John L Cox Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry5 and
  5. Driss Moussaoui Professor of Psychiatry6
  1. Harold J. G. M. Van Megen Psychiatrist Director1,
  2. Dianne A. Den Boer-Wolters Junior Doctor1 and
  3. Peter J. Verhagen Psychiatrist Theologian2

Published Online: 13 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470682203.ch15

Religion and Psychiatry: Beyond Boundaries

Religion and Psychiatry: Beyond Boundaries

How to Cite

Van Megen, H. J. G. M., Den Boer-Wolters, D. A. and Verhagen, P. J. (2010) Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Religion: A Reconnaissance, in Religion and Psychiatry: Beyond Boundaries (eds P. J. Verhagen, H. M. Van Praag, J. J. López-Ibor, J. L. Cox and D. Moussaoui), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470682203.ch15

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Meerkanten GGZ, Harderwijk, The Netherlands

  2. 3

    University of Maastricht, Maastricht, The Netherlands

  3. 4

    Complutense University, Madrid, Spain

  4. 5

    University of Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

  5. 6

    Ibn Rushd University, Casablanca, Morocco

Author Information

  1. 1

    The Netherlands

  2. 2

    Meerkanten GGZ, Harderwijk, The Netherlands

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 8 JAN 2010

Book Series:

  1. World Psychiatric Association Evidence and Experience in Psychiatry Series

Book Series Editors:

  1. Helen Herrman

Series Editor Information

  1. WPA Secretary for Publications, University of Melbourne, Australia

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470694718

Online ISBN: 9780470682203



  • obsessive compulsive disorder and religion - a reconnaissance;
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - relationship between OCD and religion being proposed;
  • obsessive compulsive neurosis, OCD - referred also in Freudian vocabulary;
  • Freud - not the first to suggest a relation between OCD, morality and religion;
  • phenomenology and epidemiology of OCD in relation to religion;
  • religious symptoms in OCD patients;
  • psychological research on OCD - concentrating around role of cognitions;
  • cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and pharmacotherapy;
  • putative relation between religion and obsessive compulsive disorder - a long history;
  • religion and other cultural phenomena - contributing more to OC symptomatology


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Phenomenology and Epidemiology of OCD in Relation to Religion

  • Do Religious People make use of the Same Cognitive Strategies as OCD Patients do?

  • Treatment

  • Discussions and Conclusions

  • Summary

  • References