Relationship OCD, or R-OCD, is a subtype of obsessive-compulsive disorder where people experience intrusive thoughts and compulsive behaviors related to worries, fears, and doubts in their relationships. While R-OCD can apply to any kind of relationship, we’re going to focus on romantic ones. Today I’ll be teaching you what exactly Relationship OCD is, why you might have it, and the top evidence-based ways to make lasting change.
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Resources for Relationship OCD
Research for Relationship OCD
Doron, Guy & Derby, Danny & Szepsenwol, Ohad & Nahaloni, Elad & Moulding, Richard. (2016). Relationship Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder: Interference, Symptoms, and Maladaptive Beliefs. Frontiers in Psychiatry. 7. 10.3389/fpsyt.2016.00058.
Hezel DM, Simpson HB. Exposure and response prevention for obsessive-compulsive disorder: A review and new directions. Indian J Psychiatry. 2019 Jan;61(Suppl 1):S85-S92. doi: 10.4103/psychiatry.IndianJPsychiatry_516_18. PMID: 30745681; PMCID: PMC6343408.
Veale, David & Page, Nicholas & Woodward, Elizabeth & Salkovskis, Paul. (2015). Imagery Rescripting for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: A single case experimental design in 12 cases. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry. 49. 10.1016/j.jb
Ciharova, M., Furukawa, T. A., Efthimiou, O., Karyotaki, E., Miguel, C., Noma, H., Cipriani, A., Riper, H., & Cuijpers, P. (2021). Cognitive restructuring, behavioral activation and cognitive-behavioral therapy in the treatment of adult depression: A netw
Dominic Julien, Kieron P. O’Connor, Frederick Aardema, Christo Todorov, The specificity of belief domains in obsessive–compulsive symptom subtypes, Personality and Individual Differences, Volume 41, Issue 7, 2006, Pages 1205-1216, ISSN 0191-8869, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2006.04.019.