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Understanding Fear of Guilt Key in Better Treating OCD. Pixabay

Examining the levels of “fear of guilt” feeling in a patient with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) may help doctors treat him or her better, says a study.

The study, by University of Waterloo, said that fear of guilt evokes doubts regarding decision making, low confidence in the decisions taken and not feeling pleased with them.


This fear of guilt caused them to want more information before deciding any thing.

OCD-affected people generally show inflated feeling of responsibility and have higher levels of guilt feeling and feel responsible for any bad happening or harm due to their failure at some work, making them vulnerable to indecisiveness.


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“This indecisiveness leads to difficulty terminating an action as well as evokes doubt as to whether an action was done properly, which leads to repetition of that action,” explained Brenda Chiang, lead author of the study that was published in the Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders.

The study was done after analysing 63 under-graduate students from the university who had revealed low to high levels of fear of guilt since past.

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“The current gold standard for treating OCD is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which has about a 50 to 60 per cent success rate if you include people who drop out because they can’t tolerate it or people who decline the treatment because they anticipate that they can’t do it,” noted Christine Purdon, Professor at the University of Waterloo.

She said that understanding the factors causing doubts and repetition in activity in OCD patients will help develop the treatment further. (IANS)


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Rihanna was then summoned from her seat to accept the honor, with the Prime Minister managing to rouse a laugh from the singer when she referenced her 2012 hit 'Diamonds', reports femalefirst.co.uk. She added: "On behalf of a grateful nation, but an even prouder people, we therefore present to you, the designee, for the national hero of Barbados." "And to accept on behalf of a grateful nation - you can come my dear - ambassador Robyn Rihanna Fenty, may you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honor to your nation." Rihanna, who was born in the St Michael parish of Barbados, found fame in 2005 after being spotted by a record producer and has since gone on to become one of the most successful female artists of all time with sales of over 250 million and recently reached billionaire status through her Fenty beauty brand.

The Prime Minister continued in her speech: "Commanding the imagination of the world through the pursuit of excellence, her creativity, her discipline, and above all else, her extraordinary commitment to the land of her birth. "Having satisfied that, Ambassador Robyn Rihanna Fenty has given service to Barbados which has been exemplified by visionary and pioneering leadership, extraordinary achievement and the attaining of the highest excellence to the Government of Barbados." It comes after a historic move for Barbados, which has become a republic after almost 400 years and welcomes its first president, Sandra Mason, after removing Queen Elizabeth as head of state. (IANS/ MBI)


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