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I have doubts about my relationship. Is it normal?

Doubt is a defensive mechanism. Its purpose is to warn and protect us from mistakes and danger. A good balance between confidence and doubt ensures we can operate in this world freely and happily.

However, some people find it much more common to be unsure about things that for others can be more straightforward. For example, we can get preoccupied or obsessed about our partner, spouse or loved ones. This obsessive behaviour and thinking can prevent us from seeing clearly and making the right choices. Instead of protecting us, it can damage our relationships and our well being.

Worrying, having doubts or even being preoccupied with a particular relationship does not automatically suggest a diagnosis of a relationship obsession.

Like other OCD symptoms, relationship-related OC symptoms require psychological intervention only when causing significant distress and are incapacitating. Assessing ROCD symptoms, however, is further complicated by the fact that such experiences, even if distressing, may still be a part of the normal course of a still developing relationship, mainly during the flirting and dating stages of a relationship, or reflect real life problems.

Our app, GGRO: Relationship Doubt, is focused on helping people improve their condition whether they have normal doubts or if they suffer from Relationship OCD. We believe training for 3-5 minutes a day can benefit users by reducing symptoms and challenging beliefs that hinder our judgement.

 

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Message from K

I want to thank you so much for this ROCD app. It saved my life! I had been doing CBT therapy for OCD but it was very general. This app targets the exact thoughts and perceptions that run through my head.

I’m becoming much more aware of my misconceptions about relationships therefore I’m starting to change my perception towards them. I feel like this shift will help me build healthier relationships!

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GG RO: first user survey results are in!

During the last couple of weeks, we took the opportunity and sent a push notification, asking for our valuable users to take a short survey.

We now concluded 90 days since launch, and wanted to take a little snapshot of the way things shape for our new platform and for the people who tasted it. We mainly wanted to know two things:

  • Is the app helpful?
  • Are you, the users, satisfied?

So here are the results:

  • 68% overall thought the app was helpful and useful.
  • 74% of the people who did buy thought it was helpful and useful.
  • There weren’t any significant differences between women and men.
  • The results also showed that GG RO helped people with relationship related anxieties.
  • The higher level people reported reaching on GGRO and the more times playing, the less relationship related anxiety and preoccupation they reported.
  • Similarly, the more people thought GGRO was effective, the less symptoms they reported. This suggest that people playing GGRO consistently and according to the 3 level per-day rule, may significantly benefit from training.

So, that’s about it for now. We have, together, tested the waters. We had some amazing response from individuals who reached out and wanted to share their impressions and appreciation for what we are trying to do.

It was important for us to try and reach a pool of opinions and views and now we know we are on the right track, and feel motivated to improve the app and platform to help more people and make sure more users are satisfied.

In the near future, we will be launching GG OC – an app that potentially targets a larger audience (OCD > ROCD), and prior to expanding, we wanted to make sure what we have done so far is acceptable.

If you have anything to add or suggest, please feel free to write to us.

And many thanks to our amazing community and for everyone who took the time to submit their surveys.

If you are interested in more detailed data, please visit A/Prof Guy Doron’s post on rocd.net.

View detailed results on rocd.net

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User testimonials: Mail from Sarah

Hello GG Apps,
Thank you so much for your research into ROCD and for making this app. I am really enjoying it and plan on buying it once I finish the free version.
It is really validating to see the different statements and realize that what I am experiencing is indeed ROCD. What a relief!!!!! It also helps to know what the different thoughts are so, I can identify them when they happen.
Thanks again! Keep up the good work!