The Little-known Disorder Tearing Romantic Relationships Apart

Psychologists are increasingly convinced that there’s an obsessive disorder associated with romantic relationships. How can ROCD – relationship obsessive-compulsive disorder – be treated, and why are religious Zionists particularly susceptible to it?

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“The Lovers,” by René Magritte (1928).
“The Lovers,” by René Magritte (1928).Credit: Artepics / Alamy
Dani Bar On
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Psychologists Doron and Derby. Sufferers from ROCD, says the former, may not “fully experience their passion, so busy are they deconstructing it.” Credit: Tomer Appelbaum
Dr. Amit Lazarov. “When feelings are vague, there is an incessant process of casting doubt; to get rid of it, you look for a substitute in external indices.” Credit: Tomer Appelbaum

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