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obsession

 [ob-sesh´un]
a recurrent, persistent thought, image, or impulse that is unwanted and distressing (ego-dystonic) and comes involuntarily to mind despite attempts to ignore or suppress it. Common obsessions involve violence, contamination, and doubts. See also obsessive-compulsive disorder and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder. adj., adj obses´sive.

ob·ses·sion

(ob-sesh'ŭn),
A recurrent and persistent idea, thought, or impulse to carry out an act that is ego dystonic, that is experienced as senseless or repugnant, and that the person cannot voluntarily suppress.
[L. obsideo, pp. -sessus, to besiege, fr. sedeo, to sit]

obsession

/ob·ses·sion/ (ob-sesh´un) a persistent unwanted idea or impulse that cannot be eliminated by reasoning.obses´sive

obsession

(əb-sĕsh′ən, ŏb-)
n.
1. Compulsive preoccupation with a fixed idea or an unwanted feeling or emotion, often accompanied by symptoms of anxiety.
2. A compulsive, often unreasonable idea or emotion.

ob·ses′sion·al adj.
ob·ses′sion·al·ly adv.

obsession

Etymology: L, obsidere, to haunt
a persistent and recurrent thought or idea with which the mind is continually and involuntarily preoccupied and that cannot be expunged by logic or reasoning.

obsession

Psychiatry 'Recurrent & persistent thoughts, impulses, or images (that are perceived) … as intrusive and inappropriate and cause marked anxiety or distress'
Obsessions are
1.  Recurrent & persistent thoughts, impulses, or images–TII, that are perceived as intrusive and inappropriate and cause marked anxiety or distress
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2.  Or that are not simply excessive reponses to genuine real-life problems
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3.  Active attempts are made to suppress or neutralize the TIIs by some thought or action
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4.  The person recognizes that the TIIs are products of his/her own mind
Compulsions are
1.  Repetitive behaviors–eg handwashing, double-checking, mental acts–praying, repeating words silently that a person feels compelled to perform in response to an obsession, or in accord with strictly applied rules
2.  Behaviors or mental acts aimed at preventing or reducing distress or preventing some dreaded event or situation, which are not realistically connected with what they are intended to neutralize or prevent, or behaviors that are clearly excessive DSM-IV, 1994  
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ob·ses·sion

(ŏb-sesh'ŭn)
A recurrent and persistent idea, thought, or impulse to carry out an act that is ego-dystonic, that is experienced as senseless or repugnant, and that the person cannot voluntarily suppress.
[L. obsideo, pp. -sessus, to besiege, fr. sedeo, to sit]

obsession

A compulsive preoccupation with an idea or an emotion, often unwanted or unreasonable, and usually associated with anxiety.

Obsession

A recurring, distressing idea, thought or impulse that feels "foreign" or alien to the individual.

Patient discussion about obsession

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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