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Question on behalf of patient with OCD

OCD

Question:
לכבוד הרב

I am a psychologist and have a patient with OCD. He is a Yeshiva Bochur and reports frequently (many times a day) experiencing physical sensations which he interprets as meaning he may not have a גוף נקי e.g. he thinks the sensation may mean he passed wind and this may have led to him not having a גוף נקי. If he thinks he may not have a גוף נקי he is concerned that he shouldn’t be learning. As far as I’m aware he has no stomach problems and is physically healthy.

Please can the רב give a פסק for this patient as to whether he has to be חושש for these sensations.

With much thanks to the רב

Answer:

It is unnecessary and incorrect to be concerned with such sensations. Passing wind is not cause for concern that his body remains unclean.

See Shu”t Minchas Asher 2:134 for an extensive discussion on OCD and various healing methods in light of halachic concerns.

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