The Eden Center advises women who experience OCD to seek out a therapist who is trained in and specializes in treating OCD. That being said, here are some tips that can help mediate the learning and practice of taharat hamishpacha and preparation for mikveh for someone who does struggle with issues around OCD.
As a kallah teacher for over twenty years, I meet many people. I chat a bit with my kallahs to get a feel for their personalities. I explain that there are different types of people; some people have more careless personalities and they have to work to be scrupulous in halakha. And others are overly scrupulous by nature and need to be make sure they don’t get too carried away. People are quick to laugh; some tell me that they tend to be overly scrupulous. But sometimes what people consider “being very careful about halakha” is actually a manifestation of clinical OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder).
Here is a sampling of the types of struggles people have shared with me over the years which are manifestations of OCD in the realm of niddah: [Read more…]