Compulsive prayer and its management
Version of Record online: 12 FEB 2009
© 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of Clinical Psychology
Volume 65, Issue 4, pages 396–405, April 2009
How to Cite
Bonchek, A. and Greenberg, D. (2009), Compulsive prayer and its management. J. Clin. Psychol., 65: 396–405. doi: 10.1002/jclp.20558
- Issue online: 24 FEB 2009
- Version of Record online: 12 FEB 2009
Religious symptoms have been recognized as a presentation of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) for centuries. The two main treatment strategies for OCD, cognitive behavior therapy (exposure and response prevention [ERP]), and SSRIs have been shown to be effective in religious OCD. The presentation of religious OCD within formal prayer, reported in Judaism and Islam, poses special challenges of inaccessibility of personal prayer, sanctity of the symptom, and the status of the therapist. A method of guided-prayer repetition, a variant of ERP, is described, and its successful application is reported in three cases of ultra-orthodox Jewish men with prayer as the main symptom of their religious OCD. © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Clin Psychol 65: 1–10, 2009.