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(əb-sĕs′ĭv, ŏb-)
Of, relating to, characteristic of, or causing an obsession: obsessive gambling.

ob·ses′sive n.
ob·ses′sive·ly adv.
ob·ses′sive·ness n.

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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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It is much, much easier to stay focused on one thing, which accounts for the characteristic obsessiveness.
The night this attack happened a crime of jealous rage was underpinned by his obsessiveness of her, his unwillingness to let her go, his wounded vanity.
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Perhaps this obsessiveness got the better of her when she gave up drawing for painting in 1983.
I find the obsessiveness Pipe has displayed in abundance over the last couple of weeks distasteful, to say the least.
The regime has so far maintained its governing system with total isolation unprecedented in world history, in part by cunningly and ruthlessly indoctrinating its people Cumings vividly captures the doctrine of juche or self-reliance whose insane obsessiveness breeds the pathological isolationism we see.
There remains as well a certain obsessiveness about problematizing every step in the analysis rather than just getting on with the story.
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This makes them more watchable, but it also dedicates them to turning music from a Dionysian spirit of release and celebration to one of disciplined, individualised career obsessiveness, half protestant ethic, half New Age pop psychology.
In particular, some incidents that would be better forgotten or else encouraged to be overlooked are magnified by those who wish to promote political or personal purposes, and complainants who might otherwise have had contented lives are diverted into psychologically traumatic behaviour which often is seen to lead to obsessiveness.
Anxiety, hypervigilance, excessive focus or obsessiveness, arousal, and inability to relax are hallmarks of both.
Herbjornsrud's authorial obsessiveness is evident in his love of words and the ways in which they reflect first one truth and then another.