Understanding and Treating “Relationship OCD.”
Many people have anxiety about committing to long-term relationships and struggle with important questions before making such commitments. For instance, are my partner and I compatible? Do our values align? Do we communicate well enough to make a long-term relationship work?
People with relationship OCD (ROCD), a type of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), may obsessively question if they are in the “right” relationship and focus on their partner’s flaws and/or perceived incompatibilities. These obsessions are typically accompanied by intense anxiety, distress, and the urge to engage in rumination and checking compulsions to determine if they are sufficiently “in love” with their partner or if they should terminate the relationship.