Relationship OCD

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That’s right. Another disorder.

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Brodsky says this Valentines Day longing hearts everywhere will eagerly anticipate a romantic gift or gesture.

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For millions, however, Valentines is the worst day, despite good relationships, leaving them confused, guilty, or mistrustful due to “Relationship OCD.”

 

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Unlike jealousy, ROCD sufferers know their doubts of their partner’s love are irrational, but can’t stop anyway.

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They compulsively check on them, call them, or inspect their phone and email history.

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Valentines is one of many tests of their partner’s love (“if they really loved me they would…”).

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They analyze words, tone of voice, and facial expressions. Eventually they cause the relationship to dissolve, ironically, on Valentines Day.

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On the flip side, other ROCD sufferers doubt their own love for their partner.

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They test their attraction (“if I really loved them I would never look at another…”) and magnify their partner’s flaws.

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They fear a Valentines gift will mislead their partner, and feel guilty they will cheat.

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They break up and make up weekly.

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Couples therapy makes the problem worse.

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Psychologist Steven Brodsky wants star-crossed lovers to know that their hot-and-cold behavior might be a serious anxiety disorder and that exposure therapy can save their relationships.

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For more info: http://www.OCDhotline.com or call 212-726-2390.

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