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Common Fears & OCD Subtypes

OCD subtypes can help people to find community with others who share similar experiences, and they can assist therapists in designing targeted treatment plans, but they don't tell the whole story. If you can't find your subtype, that doesn't mean you don't have OCD—everyone's experience is unique, and many people's OCD symptoms don't fit neatly into any specific theme.

Relationship OCD

Relationship obsessive-compulsive disorder (R-OCD) is an OCD subtype that is characterized by ongoing intrusive thoughts and compulsive behavior around uncertainty of a relationship. People with R-OCD experience frequent doubting thoughts about one or more relationships (e.g., “Am I truly in love with my partner?”) in spite of little evidence supporting the need for these doubts. The doubting thoughts are often viewed as an indication that the relationship may be disingenuous or “flawed” in some way, which fuels anxiety about the relationship and drives sufferers to engage in various compulsions aimed at gaining certainty about their relationship status (e.g., asking for continual reassurance from a friend).

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Dating Someone with Relationship OCD: Challenges and Tips

It’s fair to say that even the strongest relationships have their ups and downs. That’s just how relationships work. If your partner also has ROCD

By Jenna Demmer

Reviewed by Tracie Ibrahim

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Can OCD affect your sex life?

The short answer is: Yes. But stick with us because there’s a lot you should know about the connection between obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and the

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What’s the best therapy for Relationship OCD (ROCD)? What experts say

I know firsthand how important it is to find treatment for relationship OCD (ROCD). I have struggled with this theme of OCD myself, and it felt like a

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A Quick Guide to Some Common OCD Subtypes

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health disorder categorized by excessive intrusive thoughts (obsessions) that lead to repetitive — and

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Why Do I Need Constant Reassurance in my Relationship?

Do you find yourself constantly seeking reassurance from your partner that they love you? That they even want to be with you? That you're attracted to

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Are Your Relationship Doubts a Symptom of Relationship OCD or a Wrong Relationship?

Have you ever wondered to yourself, “What if I’m not in love with my partner anymore? What if I’ve never been?” Practically everyone has experienced some

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A Complete Guide to Relationship OCD (ROCD) – Signs, Symptoms, Recovery

Anybody might doubt certain parts of their relationships, from their feelings for one another to whether they should be together at all. These doubts are

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I was told I had love addiction—it was actually OCD

In 2014, I had just broken up with my boyfriend of five years. I was in distress, because this was a person I wondered about marrying. Little did I know I

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ROCD: The OCD Subtype With Uniquely Challenging Social Ramifications

I wouldn’t wish OCD on my worst enemy. Here is how I’d describe it to someone who isn’t as familiar with the condition: Imagine you are driving on the

By Stephen Smith

Reviewed by Patrick McGrath, PhD

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Will My OCD Get Worse?

While it’s difficult to predict when or how OCD will worsen, stress, comorbidities and life circumstances can all play a significant role.

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How to deal with a fear of commitment in relationships

You may want to commit, but when it comes time to actually do it, your alarm bells sound. Learn what's going on, and what you can do.

By Elle Warren

Reviewed by April Kilduff, MA, LCPC

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Overthinking after being cheated on? Here’s how to move on

Cheating may have left you with a barrage of questions, and it's natural to find them overwhelming. But how can you learn to cope?

By Jenna Demmer

Reviewed by April Kilduff, MA, LCPC

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How big an age gap is too big in a relationship?

With a significant age gap, you may wonder if there’s too much distance between you. But if it becomes a real obsession we have help.

By Elle Warren

Reviewed by April Kilduff, MA, LCPC

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Managing Tinder anxiety and overthinking – Tips from therapists

It’s normal to overthink things sometimes. But if it’s getting in the way of your life and ability to make connections with people, it could be a component of OCD.

By Jenna Demmer

Reviewed by Patrick McGrath, PhD

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Love vs. Obsession: How to tell the difference

If you're worried about your own feelings for someone else, it's important to draw the line between obsession and love.

By Elle Warren

Reviewed by April Kilduff, MA, LCPC

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First-date nerves and how to ease them

Let's untangle some of the reasons that you might be feeling first-date anxiety—as well as the kinds of steps you can take to overcome it.

By Elle Warren

Reviewed by April Kilduff, MA, LCPC

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I’m scared of being vulnerable. Can therapy help?

Being vulnerable is important for building relationships, but it’s not always easy to open up. Here’s why that might be, and how to find help.

By Elle Warren

Reviewed by April Kilduff, MA, LCPC

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How can I date with avoidant attachment style?

Are you afraid of losing your independence if you’re with someone else? And at the same time, do you also long for intimacy?

By Elle Warren

Reviewed by April Kilduff, MA, LCPC

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Is it love or just lust? A therapist’s advice

How to know if your feelings are love, lust or even a sign of a mental health issue—from a therapist with expertise.

By Elle Warren

Reviewed by April Kilduff, MA, LCPC

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I’m always obsessing about my partner’s past. What can I do?

Here’s what your obsessions about your partner’s past could mean, and how to find help.

By Elle Warren

Reviewed by April Kilduff, MA, LCPC

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