Nicholas Okoh, Archbishop of Nigeria, Treasurer of The Global South, Anglican Communion Sexual Worries Contamination Cohort.
·ANGLICAN CONTAMINATION·RELIGIOUS ILLNESS·SEXUAL WORRIES·PENDING DOOM·
¨Typical obsessive themes center on contamination, illness, worries about disaster, and orderliness. However, people with OCD also obsess about violence, religious questions, and sexual experiences. Up to a quarter of people with OCD may experience sexual obsessions (Grant et al., 2006). Repetitive sexual thoughts are seen in many disorders in addition to OCD. For example, sexual thoughts are common to people with paraphilias, post-traumatic stress disorder, sexual dysfunction, sexual addiction and as part of the normal fantasy life of the general population. The recurrent sexual thoughts and feelings in these situations are sometimes referred to as sexual obsessions. However, their content, form, and meaning vary depending on the disorder (Gordon 2002).¨
Archbishop Henri Orombi, Uganda, Vice Chairman of The Global South, Anglican Communion Sexual Worries Contamination Cohort.
·ANGLICAN CONTAMINATION·RELIGIOUS ILLNESS·SEXUAL OBSESSION·EXAGGERATED FEAR·
¨Sexual obsessions take many forms. For example, a father might obsess about sexually abusing his daughter. He might wonder if these thoughts mean that he is a pedophile and worry that he could act them out, despite the fact that he has never sexually abused anyone and feels disgusted by the idea. Another example is a man who worries that he may accidentally impregnate a woman by shaking her hand because he was not careful enough in washing his hands after touching his genitals (Williams 2007). A patient may also experience fears that their obsession has already been carried out.¨
Archbishop Mouneer Anis, Egypt, Global South Vice Chairman, Anglican Communion Sexual Worries Contamination Cohort.
·ANGLICAN CONTAMINATION·POOR RELIGIOUS INSIGHT·SEXUAL OBSESSION·EXAGGERATED THINKING·UNREALISTIC FEAR·
¨In the midst of the thoughts, the sexual obsessions may seem real. Occasionally, individuals with OCD believe that their obsession is true, and in such a case they would be said to have "poor insight." But the vast majority of people with OCD recognize at some point that their fears are extreme and unrealistic. The problem is that even though they know the obsession is false, it feels real. These individuals can't understand why they are unable to dismiss the obsession from their minds. The obsession may temporarily subside in the face of a logical argument or reassurance from others, but may spike when caught off guard by a sexual trigger (Gordon 2002).¨
Archbishops Peter Akinola and John Chew, Past and Present Chairmen of The Global South, Anglican Communion Sexual Worries Contamination Cohorts
·ANGLICAN CONTAMINATION·SEXUAL RELIGIOUS FOCUS·SEXUAL RELIGIOUS IMPORTANCE·EXAGGERATED THINKING·COMBINING RELIGION AND SEX·
¨Because sex carries significant emotional, moral, and religious importance, it easily becomes a magnet for obsessions in people predisposed to OCD. Common themes include unfaithfulness, deviant behaviors, pedophilia, AIDS, the unfaithfulness or suitability of one's partner, and profane thoughts combining religion and sex. People with sexual obsessions may have legitimate concerns about their attractiveness, potency, or partner, which can serve as an unconscious catalyst for the obsessions.¨
Global South Bishops with a U.S. ¨Communion Partner,¨ a schismatic poacher/thief and assorted excluders and opportunists Anglican Communion Sexual Worries Contamination Cohorts
·ANGLICAN CONTAMINATION·SEXUAL OBSESSIONS ARE TROUBLING·DIRTY MINDS AT CHURCH·CO-OCCURRING DISORDERS·COMBINING RELIGION AND SEX·
¨Sexual obsessions can be particularly troubling to the individual with OCD, as something important and cherished becomes twisted into its nightmarish opposite. People with sexual obsessions are particularly likely to have co-occurring aggressive and religious obsessions, clinical depression, and higher rates of impulse control disorders (Grant et al., 2006).¨
Archbishop Drexel Gomez, Global South Bishop, West Indies and author of The Anglican Covenant, Anglican Communion Sexual Worries Contamination Cohort
·ANGLICAN AVOIDANCE·OVERWHELMING NEED FOR PURITY· SOCIAL PROBLEMS WITH OTHERS·CHERISHED BECOMES TWISTED·CO-OCCURRING DISORDERS·NO TOUCHING OR HUGGING·
¨In the same way that those who have OCD fears of contamination avoid anything that will 'contaminate' them (i.e., doorknobs, puddles, shaking hands), those who are suffering from such sexual obsessions may feel an overpowering need to avoid all contact with anything that can cause them to have anxiety, or 'spike'. Such avoidance may be: Not looking at (for instance) another member of the same sex in the face, avoiding locker rooms, showers, and beaches, etc. It can also mean avoiding sexual situations with members of the opposite sex, for fear of what a particular circumstance (not being aroused enough, intrusive thoughts, etc.) might mean. A sufferer may also avoid hugging children, including their own, a compulsion which may cause severe damage to the well-being of the child. It may cause social problems as the sufferer avoids being with gay, or straight, friends, or people with children. The social isolation feeds the anxiety, and therefore the OCD.¨ HERE
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