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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

(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

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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"The main features of obsessions are that they are automatic, frequent, upsetting or distressing," she adds.
In order to trace back the condition of possibility of the metamorphosis of the lived world that occurs in persons with contamination obsessions, we direct our attention, rather than on symptoms or pathogenetic mechanisms, to first-personal experience, and more in detail to the way persons with contamination obsessions live space, time, and the materiality of things to obtain a faithful description of the world they live in.
Individuals with OCD tend to have an elevated disgust sensitivity with either the obsession or the focus of the obsession being the potential source of disgust which in turn may lead to compulsive urges to clean, neutralise or in some way reassure oneself that the threat no longer remains.
or "Gesamtkunstwerk" (1983), named after the Wagnerian vision, allowed the curator's own passions and obsessions to fully materialize, and through them, Szeemann's unique signature became most legible.
They're growing up before the reader's eyes, one beautiful, charming, and destined for stardom; the other homely, antisocial, and driven to obsession. Sanders employs two very distinct voices and styles of writing while she intricately winds the stories of murderer and victim together, crossing Lillian and Brooke's paths countless times with great skill.
These obsessions and compulsions are often embarrassing and hidden from parents.
In any case, central to his film theory is what he describes variously as a "mummy complex" or "preservation obsession," the desire to rescue reality (and ourselves) from the corruption of time (and death) by capturing and preserving it (and ourselves) in representation.
The National Magazine Awards, one for design and one for general excellence, suggest his competitors admire his willingness to celebrate his own obsessions in a field largely driven by market research.
A life committed to art is a life committed to a series of obsessions. The obsessions of my own creative life have always been about the natural environment in some form or another, and art has been a mechanism for pulling back the veils that limit human perceptions of nature.
RISTELHUEBER'S compulsion to address such vast territory, strangely, results from the artist's personal obsessions -- obsessions that are concerned with the most intimate evidence of direct contact, the result of a physical gesture: mark-making on a surface, whether our bodies or the earth.
For years, the scientific and popular literature has been full of hand wringing about eating disorders and body obsessions in women; but about men, text to nothing.