Yeah. It's a thinly veiled attack on Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular (note that most of the symptoms and terms used involve Catholic imagery). It is how the media works to subtly undermine faith. Imagine what they would've thought of the Fatima children!
These types of attacks will continue to grow in the coming months and years. Children will need their faith to persevere.
Children with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), for example, may rigidly repeat holy verses, say Hail Mary’s or focus on other rituals less out of a deeper sense of faith but more as an expression of their disorder. “It looks positive but could be negative,” says Stephanie Mihalas, a UCLA professor and licensed clinical psychologist.
Such ritualistic behavior, she says, may also reflect a child’s way of coping with anxiety, and in reality could be no more spiritual than fanatical hand washing or dreading to walk on cracks. “These kids fear that if they don’t obey their religious rules perfectly,” explains Carole Lierberman, MD, a psychiatrist in Beverly Hills, “God will punish them.”
The article states that religion's role is one of "comfort and joy." That is, perhaps, one aspect. There is no mention of eternal salvation or of the deeper issues of life.