top of page
  • Writer's pictureDanny Derby

Understanding and Treating Relationship Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (ROCD): Insights from an Internet-Based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Program




Self help therapy for ROCD



Whaat is ROCD?

Relationship Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (ROCD) is a form of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) that focuses on doubts and fears related to romantic relationships. People with ROCD experience distressing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors centered on their relationship or their partner. These obsessions can revolve around doubts about the "rightness" of the relationship, the strength of one's feelings towards their partner, or their partner's perceived flaws.

Can internet based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy help?

A recent study conducted by Maya Schonbach at Tel Aviv University investigated the effectiveness of an internet-based cognitive-behavioral therapy (ICBT) program specifically designed for ROCD. The program, called ICBT-ROCD, was developed by Professor Guy Doron, Dr. Danny Derby, Dr. Asher Strauss, Dr. Ran Littman, and Maya Schonbach. It consists of 16 modules that individuals can complete online at their own pace. The modules provide psychoeducation about ROCD, help users identify their symptoms, and teach evidence-based techniques to manage their obsessions and compulsions.

The study collected data from December 2019 to April 2023, during which the program was freely available online. Participants' ROCD and OCD symptoms, as well as levels of depression, anxiety, stress, relationship-contingent self-esteem, and attachment patterns, were assessed at the beginning, middle, and end of the program.

what were the findings of the ICBT-ROCD program?

The results showed that the ICBT-ROCD program was effective in reducing ROCD symptoms, especially those focused on the relationship itself. Participants who completed more modules experienced a greater reduction in symptoms. The program also led to improvements in OCD symptoms, depression, anxiety, stress, and relationship-contingent self-esteem. Anxious attachment patterns showed a moderate reduction by the end of the program, but avoidant attachment patterns did not change significantly.

The study found that dropout rates were higher among women and were associated with younger age, shorter relationships, and higher initial levels of ROCD, OCD, depression, anxiety, and stress. This suggests that certain factors may influence individuals' engagement and progress in the program.

The ICBT-ROCD program received positive feedback from users, who found it informative, validating, and helpful in identifying their compulsions.

While the study has limitations, such as the lack of a control group and follow-up assessments, it demonstrates the potential benefits of internet-based cognitive-behavioral therapy for treating ROCD. The accessibility and convenience of online programs like ICBT-ROCD can help individuals with ROCD who may not have access to traditional face-to-face therapy or who prefer a self-guided approach.

In conclusion, the study by Maya Schonbach highlights the effectiveness of an internet-based cognitive-behavioral therapy program specifically designed for Relationship Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. The ICBT-ROCD program, developed by Professor Guy Doron, Dr. Danny Derby, Dr. Asher Strauss, Dr. Ran Littman, and Maya Schonbach, offers a promising treatment option for individuals struggling with ROCD, providing them with the tools and techniques to manage their symptoms and improve their overall well-being. Further research is needed to optimize the program and determine which individuals may benefit most from this approach.

Want to try our program?

If you or someone you love have ROCD you can try our self help program for free here and if you need assitence you can join our consultation program

6 views0 comments

Comments


bottom of page