This Guy's Severe OCD Made Him Think He Sold His Soul To The Devil

Submitted by: fancylad 1 month ago in Lifestyle Science


Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) turned a young photographer’s life into a living hell by convincing him he had sold his soul to the devil. While most people associate OCD with tics like hand-washing or turning the light switch on and off a set number of times, Brandon Petulla, 22, from Brooklyn, New York, experienced a very specific form of the condition known as ‘Scrupulosity', which focuses on religious or moral perfectionism. 

Plagued by thoughts of the devil, and terrified of the color red and the number six, Brandon’s family described watching him ‘blessing' objects at home and muttering prayers under his breath. His OCD quickly spiraled to the point he had more than 5,000 compulsions a day, forcing him at age 17 to temporarily drop out of high school, and seek treatment with Dr Eda Gorbis at the Westwood Institute of Anxiety Disorders in Westwood, California. Dr Gorbis helped him get his compulsions under control by forcing him to confront his fears, doing exercises like covering a room with sticky notes saying “Satan” and “666” - and getting Brandon to sign a fake contract selling his soul to Satan. 
There are 16 comments:
Male 1,638
He should, instead, embrace the Dark One!
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Male 272
Dr. Gorbis is like a reverse exorcist.
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Male 4,782
If he was never introduced to the concept of religion, would his ocd still have gotten so bad?

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Female 512
I haven't got OCD. I have to call it CDO because I need to have all the letters in the right order.
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Male 15,666
DrCribbens you can call it OCD, but you have to write it OOOO because you can't have the ugly corners on the D, or those horrible truncated ends of the C that go nowhere and add and extra O because you need to have an even number of them.
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Male 1,765
Considering there is a highway to hell and a stairway to heaven it should be clear where most of us are going.
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730
I sold my soul to the devil, we're gonna have a hell of a time when I die. :)
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Male 7,856
layla_wilson actually, eternal death is a real thing.
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Male 279
monkwarrior Not really, you go back into the big recycling bin called earth from where you arose from.  You live as long as there is life on earth.
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Male 7,856
abetterworld what you don't know, or chose to ignore, may ultimately actually cause you great anguish.
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Male 1,680
layla_wilson I wonder how many people could be conned into "rebuying" their souls from the devil?
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Male 279
squidbush "BAD CREDIT? NO MONEY DOWN! Get your soul back in reasonable bi-monthly payments. OAC."
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Male 686
squidbush I'm sure some televangelist has tried that one.
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Male 1,680
mrteatime PAY THE DEVIL AWAY!
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