When they know they love someone or that someone loves them, they constantly check and reassure themselves that it is the right feeling.
When they attempt to end the relationship, they are overwhelmed with anxiety.
People with scrupulosity suffer from persistent, irrational thoughts about not being devout or moral enough, and believing that these thoughts are sinful and disappoint God. People would flock around me but I would only let them get so close.” Usually an extrovert, Diance remained friendly to people but stopped socializing with friends and family.
Diance was diagnosed with OCD at age 35 — 10 years after her first anxiety attack and five years after her first therapy session.
She was not immediately diagnosed with OCD because symptoms of her depression overwhelmed symptoms of the anxiety disorder.
She was sitting in a pew at her church, where she is active in the ministry. She felt as if she were going to jump out of her skin. But she knows what she saw when the feeling overwhelmed her: a nearby woman wearing a v-neck sweater.
For years after that episode, Diance, a health care professional from Maryland, was unable to look at people wearing v-neck sweaters or other potentially revealing clothes for fear she was sinning.
Common obsessive themes include fear of contamination, fears about being responsible for harming the self or others, doubts, and orderliness.