When you hear obsessive-compulsive disorder you probably think of someone that has to count to even numbers only or has to flip a light switch on and off again right? Did you know that there is such a thing as relationship obsessive-compulsive disorder? A study from the school of Psychology at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya in Israel showed that people that were suffering from symptoms associated with ROCD were less satisfied with their s*x lives than other couples.
Someone that suffers from ROCD will show a few very noticeable traits. They will often obsess about whether their partner loves them or not. They will have doubts as to whether they actually love their partner. They will think constantly about all of the flaws in the relationship and think about how it is doomed because of these flaws. These symptoms can lead to dissatisfaction in the bedroom because they are too worried about the relationship that they think is going to fail.
The National Institute of Health states that around 1% of adults in the U.S. suffer from OCD. Out of those there is a small percentage that suffers from ROCD as well. Stephen Brodsky, a psychologist in New York, states that around 20% of the patients that he has in his office suffer from some degree of ROCD. He says that while these thoughts are normal to have every once in a while in a relationship it becomes a problem when it takes over your life.
The compulsions and the thoughts that are running through the person’s head make it difficult for them to connect in an intimate way with their partner. They feel a distance and it affects their time in the bedroom. While they couple can seek counseling the best treatment for ROCD is for the patient to be treated for OCD. Therapy will aid them along the way.