Scientists from the interdisciplinary center in Herzliya examined 157 men and women in a relationship for more than 15 years, and found that the obsession of one partner on another destroys the sexual life of the couple.
In the new study, conducted by scientists from the interdisciplinary center in Herzliya (IDC), Israel, was attended by 157 men and women whose relationship “experience” exceeded 15 years. All of them have been tested online. After analyzing their responses, the researchers found that 1% of the respondents showed signs of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and the more symptoms of this pathology were in one of the partners, the less the couple was satisfied with their sexual life.
According to scientists, one of the signs of this disorder is a fixation on relationships and their constant analysis. In this case, «compulsions – intrusive actions» include constant checking of the second half, for example, viewing his or her e-mail and history of websites' attendance, or endless questions like “what our relationship means to you”.
Respondents with such intrusive actions were referred by researchers to the group suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder, and they had minimal satisfaction with sex. Scientists explained that such negative changes occur due to the fact that the symptoms of OCD in one of the partners reduce the feeling of happiness and cause stress, resulting in suffering and sexual life of the couple.
The researchers believe that the findings, which were published this month in the journal “Sexual Medicine”, will help to solve some of the sexual problems of people.
“Our results mean that the cause of sexual problems of partners may be one of the forms of obsessive-compulsive disorder, which is not known to any patient's relatives or family psychologist – said in an interview with “LiveScience” researcher Guy Doron. – As a rule, people with this disorder are obsessed with two thoughts: whether I love my partner or whether he/she loves me. They also doubt the strength of the relationship, even if there is no reason. In the end, these symptoms destroy sex, and then repel the partner, that is, the couple breaks up.”