Dr. Pat Perrin – Are There True Problems in this Relationship or is this a Case of Relationship OCD (R-OCD) ?

Event Date/Time

DateFriday, August, 25 2017
Time12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Event Location

AddressUnited Way of Greater Houston
50 Waugh Drive
Houston, TX 77007


Are There True Problems in this Relationship or is this a Case of Relationship OCD (R-OCD) ?

Registration, Lunch, and Networking 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Presentation 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
(1.5 hrs. professional development credit)

The United Way
50 Waugh Drive
Houston, TX 77007

Relationship Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (R-OCD), found in good relationships, involves fearful though of being in the wrong relationship, of doubting that one loves one's partner, and/or fears of being unfaithful. It leads to excessive reassurance seeking, and urges to leave an otherwise healthy relationship. Sufferers need to recognize R-OCD, and as do therapists hearing a patient or a couple express doubts about a relationship. The doubts may or may not be warranted, but an astute therapist can decipher which is the case. Even in couples where one has R-OCD, there may still be valid relationship concerns which are treatable.

After this lecture, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize triggers for R-OCD and rituals used
  • Differentiate relationship R-OCD fears from valid relationship concerns
  • Understand how Exposure and Response Prevention techniques can be applied to treat R-OCD, and how valid concerns can be concurrently addressed


Patricia Perrin Hull, Ph.D.
OCD and Anxiety Treatment Center of Houston (Dr. Hull)

Patricia Perrin Hull, Ph.D., a psychologist, has been in private practice in Houston, Texas since 1986. Her practice is the OCD and Anxiety Treatment Center of Houston, specializing in OCD, anxiety disorders, OCD spectrum disorders, and in postpartum depression and OCD. She has presented at conferences, e.g., the International Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Foundation, Anxiety Disorders Association of America, Trichotillomania Learning Center, Texas Psychological Association, Houston Psychological Association, Postpartum Support International, and MHA of Greater Houston's Conference on Women's Mental Health, to faculty of Baylor College of Medicine, at Rice University Counseling Center, and at Universidad de Monterrey, in Mexico.