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Influenced by compulsion; of a compelling and irresistible nature.


Psychology Caused or conditioned by compulsion or obsession.
A person with behavior patterns governed by a compulsion.

com·pul′sive·ly adv.
com·pul′sive·ness, com′pul·siv′i·ty (kŏm′pŭl-sĭv′ĭ-tē, kəm-) n.


Etymology: L, compellere, to urge
pertaining to an act repeatedly performed under the stress of pathological, intense need.


Influenced by compulsion; of a compelling and irresistible nature.


the state of being subject to compulsion.

compulsive drinking
see primary polydypsia.
compulsive rolling
an involuntary movement in which the recumbent patient persists in rolling, always in the same direction, until it meets an obstruction.
compulsive walking
affected animals walk oblivious to their surroundings. They appear to be blind, walk into objects, headpress against them and stay in this position for long periods, are oblivious to danger and may die of misadventure. They may attempt to climb a wall and fall over backwards. Common causes are hepatic encephalopathy and increased intracranial pressure.

Patient discussion about compulsive

Q. Relation between bipolar & obsessive compulsive disorder. Is there any relation between bipolar and obsessive compulsive disorder? I ask you this because I have many answers so I have to choose one. Sorry I can’t post all which I know. Excuse me!

A. i know there is a condition called Bipolar OCD... so i don't understand the question if there's any connection... and as F3_4u mentioned - it is a common believe that OCD is a problem in serotonin secretion, the neurotransmitter that activate the "reward" feeling and stops the "seeking" system in our brain. and one of the genes that is connected to Bipolar disorder is also the serotonin gene. so there is a connection.

Q. What Is OCD? I have heard the term OCD on T.V and wanted to find out- what exactly is this syndrome?

A. OCD is a psychiatric disorder in which a person experiences obesessive thoughts and compulsions to do a ritual in order to "calm" these thoughts down. Obsessions can be recurrent and persistent thoughts, impulses, or images that are experienced at some time during the disturbance. They are inappropriate and cause marked anxiety. Compulsions are defined by repetitive behaviors or mental acts that the person feels driven to perform in response to an obsession, or according to rules that must be applied rigidly. This disorder should be diagnosed only by a doctor.

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Based on the few scattered memories of the young Clinton in print, it seems he has been compulsively overactive, has been hurrying, all his life: He and his mother report that, as a child, he got a D in conduct for talking too much and not giving the other children a chance to answer the teacher's questions; he says, "I could never keep my mouth shut"; a high-school friend recalls that "it was hard for him to relax really, and just take it easy"; while at Oxford, he wrote to a friend that aside from the "unavoidable" library work, he was "continuously on the move"; he later recalled that he spent his first two weeks at Oxford walking 14 hours a day.
Somewhere during ``Auto Focus' '' orgy of swinging '60s attitude gone amok, any other director might have depicted someone palpably, as opposed to just compulsively, enjoying themselves.
In fact it's the trivia that best displays Eno's keen descriptive powers (at a children's party he's startled by an "astonishingly greedy little boy who hardly played but compulsively sat determinedly jamming food into his mouth").
From the opening shot, in which she compulsively dusts her spotless Tunis apartment then wriggles a few smooth moves to a song on the radio, Lilia's complex personality comes out in action.
Ruscha and Rooney's art hovered, during the '60s and '70s, at the edge of a textual abyss, for the urban environments they depicted were quite consciously perceived both as an emptiness (the photographs are devoid of people and the cities, inhabitants seem to have gone away) at the heart of art, but also as something compulsively fascinating and radiant.
There's a dotty old woman who compulsively draws calligraphy dictated from beyond the realm of the living.
To what else can you attribute that unique sense of naturalness, the standard against which the world of differences is compulsively measured?
Here's a perfect companion to ``Positively 4th Street,'' David Hajdu's compulsively readable cultural history of the '60s folk renaissance.
Her standard "A to Z" products are forever solving problems, but compulsively so, and are reformist to a fault.
The Robert De Niro-starring ``15 Minutes'' charts the misadventures of two murderous, Eastern European immigrants who, addled by the intense media saturation that greets them in New York, compulsively videotape their violent crimes in hopes of achieving both Warholian notoriety and securing insanity alibis if they're caught.
But in the end the work is too inchoate to be convincing, and one concludes that it suffers most from a fatal artiness that compulsively celebrates incoherence and incompletion.
Somewhat paradoxically, that comes from Minahan's ability to thoroughly imitate the manipulative style tabloid TV employs to fabricate staged reality into something that, if not really worth watching, is compulsively watchable.