RELIGION
06/02/2014 11:43 am ET Updated Jun 02, 2014

Scrupulosity, A Religious Form Of OCD, Means Living In Constant Fear Of Hell

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When she was 12, Jennifer Traig's hands were red and raw from washing them so much. She'd start scrubbing a half an hour before dinner; when she was done, she'd hold her hands up like a surgeon until her family sat down to eat.

Her handwashing compulsions began at the time she was studying for her Bat Mitzvah. She was so worried about being exposed to pork fumes that she cleaned her shoes and barrettes in a washing machine.

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