If you have been diagnosed with OCD, before you even start thinking about getting out there to date, think about how you manage your symptoms.If you are not getting help, consider getting help—therapy, medication or even a support group can help you make marked improvements before you even start going on dates with strangers.[5 Ways Relationships Are Good for Your Health] The findings, which were published online June 6 in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, could have implications for the treatment of some people with relationship and sexual problems, the researchers said."ROCD symptoms are often overlooked by family and couple therapists," said study researcher Guy Doron, of the School of Psychology at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya in Israel.People in relationships who constantly question whether their partner loves them, or whether they've found Mr. Right, may have a condition known as relationship obsessive-compulsive disorder.Now, a new study finds that, perhaps not surprisingly, people with these symptoms may be less satisfied with their sex lives than those who don't have this condition.In the study, people with symptoms of relationship obsessive-compulsive disorder (ROCD) — which can include behaviors such as constantly reassessing whether you love your partner, doubting your partner's love or thinking about a partner's physical flaws — were less likely to be satisfied with their sex lives than people without these symptoms.This lower level of sexual satisfaction was explained by a decrease in relationship satisfaction — in other words, it seems that ROCD symptoms reduce relationship happiness, which, in turn, affects sex life, the researchers said.
One thing people with OCD worry about more than getting through their day to day lives is what other people are going to think about them.
This can create a point of tension which, unfortunately, can bring about increased OCD behavior. There's nothing wrong with having OCD, but sometimes it can make you feel vulnerable.
People with OCD often worry that they’re going to be judged and rejected before they get a chance to relax and be themselves.
Brodsky was not involved in the study but has treated patients with ROCD.
For example, one of Doron's patients said that although he loved the woman he was in a relationship with, he couldn't stop thinking about whether he might be happier with women he saw on the street, or on Facebook.