Cure for non Apathists
There is now a cure for people whose psychological problems prevent them being Apathists. The condition, called scrupulosity, is a form of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), involving excessive guilt about moral or religious behaviour. Research is being carried out at Utah State University by Michael Twohig, an assistant psychology professor, and John Dehlin a doctoral student. Their psychology department is looking for individuals struggling with unwanted, disturbing moral thoughts, including excessive confession or excessive religious activity. Their treatment involves an hour or two a day over a 10-week period. Since last April, 2 people have been successfully treated. Scrupulous sufferers are overtly concerned that something they thought or did might be a sin or other violation. They have a compulsive obsession to follow religious or moral beliefs with integrity and exactness. The treatment does not try to change any religious or moral beliefs, but it does help patients stop obsessing about them and that is a good first step on the road to Apathism.