Randomized Control Trial (RCT) shows our app GGRO is usefull in reducing ROCD symptoms

See this paper for further details. Roncero M, Belloch A, Doron G (in press). Can brief, daily training using a mobile applications help change maladaptive beliefs? A cross-over randomized-control study evaluating the efficacy of GGRO in reducing maladaptive beliefs and obsessive-compulsive symptoms. JMIR mHealth and uHealth. DOI: 10.2196/11443

A paper published using our GGRO mobile application for ROCD

The paper is entitled: A novel approach to challenging OCD related beliefs using a mobile-app: An exploratory study .

To see a pre-printed version of the paper see this link

A new paper added to ROCD.net: “I can’t stop thinking about my child’s flaws”: An investigation of parental preoccupation with their children’s perceived flaws

See this link: “I can’t stop thinking about my child’s flaws”: An investigation of parental preoccupation with their children’s perceived flaws

Very positive GGRO satisfaction ratings

In a new survey regarding user satisfaction of GGRO (n=75) 95.6% of participating users responded “strongly agree” or “agree” to the statement “I like using GGRO”. In addition,  83.1% of users responded “strongly agree” or “agree” with the statement “GGRO is a useful training App for dealing with relationships doubts and preoccupations” and 68.9% of users marked “strongly agree” or “agree” with the statement “GGRO helped me with my relationship fears and anxieties”.

A pilot study conducted on GGRO showed encouraging results!

We thank all those participating in our pilot study of GGRO! below are the results of the study. 

Background: Previous research has linked relationship-related anxieties, doubts and preoccupations (i.e., relationship obsessive compulsive disorder symptoms; ROCD) with reduced functioning, decreased relational and sexual functioning and lower mood. As knowledge of ROCD is emerging, individuals with such symptoms may be frequently misdiagnosed leading to reduced accessibility to adequate treatment.  A growing body of literature has supported the usefulness of mobile technology in increasing accessibility to mental health knowledge and in fostering mental health or behavior change. In the present study, we examined associations between relationship related anxieties, doubts and preoccupations (i.e., ROCD symptoms) and the pattern of  use of a mobile application named GGRO. This mobile application was designed to challenge maladaptive beliefs related to relationship difficulties. GGRO encourages two minutes of daily training (3 levels a day) over a period of at least 15 days.

Method. Fifty-one users of GGRO responded to a short survey pertaining to application use, satisfaction and relationship-related anxieties and preoccupations.

Results. The number of sessions ranged from 1 to 100 with forty-five participants reporting using GGRO five times or more. Medium-size statistically significant correlations were found between reported number of sessions of GGRO users (i.e., in participants that used GGRO more than 5 times) and relationship-related anxieties and preoccupations (Spearman’s rho r=-.35) suggesting greater number of sessions was related to less such relationship difficulties reported. Similarly, the higher the level participants reported reaching on GGRO (maximum being 45), the less relationship-related anxieties and preoccupations they described (Spearman’s rho r=-.30). Finally, as expected, satisfaction from GGRO was also related to less reported relationship anxieties and preoccupations (Spearman’s rho r=-.45).

Conclusions. Daily use of mobile technology aimed at challenging underlying relationship-related maladaptive beliefs may be associated with reduced relationship-related anxieties and preoccupations.

ROCD paper presented at the research meeting entitled: “Advancing Psychological Treatments for OCD: A blueprint for research”, Melbourne, 2016.

In a research meeting dedicated to advancing OCD treatment with Profs Paul Salkovskis, Randy Frost, Gail Steketee, David Veale, David Clark, Associate Prof. Guy Doron presented a paper about ROCD in a section

dedicated to the homogeneity and heterogeneity of obsessive-compulsive phenomena (Chaired by Prof. Randy Frost).

ROCD research news: Six ROCD related papers were given at the World Congress of Behavioral Cognitive Therapies (WCBCT), Melbourne, 2016

Four papers were given in A symposium dedicated to ROCD  (see our previous post) and the additional two papers were given as a part of two additional symposiums on OCD.

Doron, G., Karp , E., & Szepsenwol, O. (2016). Assessing cognitive factors in Relationship obsessive compulsive disorder (ROCD) symptom using International Intrusive Thoughts Interview Schedule: Relationship Intrusive thoughts version (IITS-RR). Paper presented at the 8th World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies 2016, ‘Advances and Innovations in the Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies Across the World’ (WCBCT 2016), Melbourne, Australia, 22-25 June 2016.

Doron, G., Levi , A., & Szepsenwol, O. (2016).Parents who obsess about their children’s flaws: Assessing the double-self vulnerability model. Paper presented at the 8th World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies 2016, ‘Advances and Innovations in the Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies Across the World’ (WCBCT 2016), Melbourne, Australia, 22-25 June 2016.

2nd Symposium dedicated to ROCD symptoms was given at the WCBCT, Melbourne, Australia, 2016

The symposium was entitled: “Common and specific factors associated with relationship obsessive-compulsive disorder (ROCD) symptoms in a variety of close relationships and contexts” and included the following papers.:

Doron, G., Efrati , Y., & Szepsenwol, O. (2016). Relationship obsessions as an inter-related category of OCD: an experimental investigation. Paper presented at the 8th World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies 2016, ‘Advances and Innovations in the Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies Across the World’ (WCBCT 2016), Melbourne, Australia, 22-25 June 2016.

Moulding, R., Bari, R., & Doron, G. (2016). Association between parent-child obsessive preoccupations and the child’s psychopathological symptoms. Paper presented at the 8th World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies 2016, ‘Advances and Innovations in the Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies Across the World’ (WCBCT 2016), Melbourne, Australia, 22-25 June 2016.

Melli, G., Carraresi, C., Doron, G., (2016). Examining the cognitive predictors of relationship obsessive-compulsive disorder (ROCD) in a clinical sample. Paper presented at the 8th World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies 2016, ‘Advances and Innovations in the Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies Across the World’ (WCBCT 2016), Melbourne, Australia, 22-25 June 2016.

Clark., A., O’Sullivan., L. F. (2016). Obsessing About Your Ex: Depressive and Suicidal Symptoms in Young Canadian Adults after Relationship Breakup. Paper presented at the 8th World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies 2016, ‘Advances and Innovations in the Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies Across the World’ (WCBCT 2016), Melbourne, Australia, 22-25 June 2016.

The new app for helping in the treatment of ROCD is out!

'GG relationship' the new app developed to help in the treatment of ROCD symptoms is out. To download the app from Google Play press HERE. To download from the iTunes store press HERE To read more about eh new app click HERE.

We now have the ROCI and the PROCSI translated to Turkish

We now have the Relationship obsessive compulsive inventory (ROCI) and the partner related obsessive compulsive symptom inventory (PROCSI) translated to Turkish (see http://rocd.net/roci-procsi-translated-2/)