Although Relationship OCD is not very widely talked about as one of the main symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Relationship OCD (otherwise known as Relationship Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or ROCD) affects many OCD sufferers – many of whom are unaware that their intrusive thoughts and images are actually connected to their OCD.
In Relationship OCD, it is common for sufferers to repeatedly question whether their current partner is really the right person for them, and whether they actually love their partner or not.
[5 Ways Relationships Are Good for Your Health] The findings, which were published online June 6 in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, could have implications for the treatment of some people with relationship and sexual problems, the researchers said.
"ROCD symptoms are often overlooked by family and couple therapists," said study researcher Guy Doron, of the School of Psychology at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya in Israel.
This is what I call “relationship OCD.” It’s a result of the insecurities that come from a new relationship.
Their brains can’t shift through thoughts at a normal pace.
These rituals might be excessive hand washing, cleaning, counting, or checking.
Even though the person with OCD knows these are ineffective, the urge is overwhelming and overpowering so they give in to it.
You want this to work out so badly that it starts to drive you crazy.
They check all the boxes and you've just come from a long line of crappy, failed relationships.
The new findings mean that people's sexual problems might stem from having ROCD and not knowing it, Doron said. ROCD is a form of obsessive compulsive disorder — a condition that can bring unwanted thoughts or worries (obsessions), and repetitive behaviors that are carried out to address those worries (compulsions), usually to no avail.