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Link found between religion and obsessive-compulsive disorder

A recent survey, taken among Catholics in Italy, has found that devoutly religious people are more likely to suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder than less religious people. It is as yet uncertain whether OCD predisposes people towards extremes of religious devotion, or whether a strict religious upbringing or lifestyle can induce obsessive-compulsive behaviour.
The researchers compared people, such as nuns and priests who worked in the church, with committed lay Catholics and others with virtually no religious involvement. Each subject was asked to document mild OCD symptoms, such as intrusive mental images or worries. The more devout Catholics reported more severe symptoms.

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