Alex Saxton

What is Relationship OCD?

Connection, love, and happiness can all be found in relationships, which can be wonderful. But for some of us, those relationships come with something extra – Relationship Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, or ROCD for short.  ROCD is a form of OCD in which people get fixated on uncertainties and anxieties around their romantic relationships and it can cause huge havoc on someone’s ability to stay in a relationship.

It’s likely that if you’re here, you’re interested in learning more about what it’s like to have ROCD, how to treat relationship OCD, or even how to help someone with relationship OCD. I used to have it for years, therefore you’ve come to the perfect location to find out more on this topic. Let’s dive in and explore these topics together right now.

What Does Relationship OCD Feel Like?

So, what does Relationship OCD feel like? Imagine this: you’re in a relationship and feeling romantic when all of a sudden, anxiety-producing intrusive thoughts about your relationship invade your mind. You begin questioning everything – your compatibility with your partner, the authenticity of your feelings, their commitment to you, or even the possibility of being unfaithful. It’s similar to an endless loop of uncertainty that can cause your heart to accelerate and your head to spin.

These thoughts can be extremely upsetting and make it difficult to concentrate on anything else. You can be extremely anxious as your mind is always scrutinising, evaluating, and studying every facet of your romantic relationship. Additionally, as tempting as it may be, you have a strong desire to get reassurance that everything in your relationship is fine, which only exacerbates ROCD and should be avoided at all costs.

Why Do I Have Relationship OCD?

And now for the big question: what causes your ROCD? It’s unclear exactly what causes OCD, especially ROCD as everyone is different. However, it is thought that a combination of environmental, biological, and genetic variables can trigger this OCD along with traumatic past relationship experiences and suffering from low self-esteem.

Remember, it’s not your fault that you have ROCD. It’s not a reflection of your character or your worth as a person. Our brains absorb information differently sometimes, so it’s critical to treat ourselves and or other people who suffer from ROCD with empathy and understanding.

How to Cure Relationship OCD? Well, Let’s Talk Healing Instead…

Now, I wish I had a magic cure to offer you for ROCD. But the truth is, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to eradicating it. Instead, let’s focus on managing and alleviating its symptoms with the right treatment and strategies so that you can live a more fulfilling life. Please note there are many different treatment options to help you escape the tight grip of ROCD. For more advice on this matter – check out my previous blog post “Let’s Talk About Relationship OCD” where I talk about the different options available.

Last words…

In conclusion, ROCD can have a big influence on your life, but like I was able to do, you too can overcome its upsetting symptoms and form healthy relationships with the correct knowledge, awareness, and treatment plan. Don’t hesitate to seek support from professionals who specialise in the treatment of OCD. You deserve to be in relationships that are meaningful and loving, and you can achieve this. You’ve got this!

If you need further assistance on on how to deal with relationship OCD  – check out my “Hypnosis for OCD Relief”  professional service during which I can help you to feel calmer, and reduce intrusive ROCD thoughts and the urge to perform compulsions of reassurance seeking. To find out more – click this link

I’m a clinical hypnotherapist with over 15 years of experience, and to date, I have helped over 100 clients from London, Poole, Bournemouth,  Southampton, Bath,  Bristol, the United States, and as far afield as New Zealand to overcome anxiety. Regardless of where you reside,  I am fully equipped to assist you in the same manner so do get in touch if you need my hypnosis help too. Here is the link to my website and here is the link to my calendar if you would like to book a consultation