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Influenced by compulsion; of a compelling and irresistible nature.
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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.
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Influenced by compulsion; of a compelling and irresistible nature.
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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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Talking of Godhra train tragedy of 2001, Jaitley blamed the "Compulsive Contrarians" for contending that 'burning of the train was self-engineered either by the state or Kar Sevaks'.
In the 20 years I've been working with dogs, including those who exhibit problematic behavior, I had seen compulsive behaviors to this extent only a handful of times.
There is probably a genetic aspect to the development of compulsive disorders.
The group said that much of the scientific literature about compulsive gamers is based on evidence from young men in Asia.
Moreover, 1,673(32.63%) patients had obsessive compulsive symptoms, including 497(29.70%) patients with mild depression, 599(35.80%) with moderate depression and 577(34.49%) with severe depression.
The relationship of compulsive buying with the units in each of the levels, the interrelationship between units from both domains, and the clarification of to what extent middle-level units (goals, for instance) complement the influence of the traits (Big Five) in behavior (in this study, compulsive buying) represent innovative efforts of this research.
On the other hand, researchers have suggested that compulsive buying is also related to impulsivity, that is, the tendency to buy spontaneously, thoughtlessly, and immediately, and to experience pleasure, gratification, and lack of control over the urge to buy, as distinct from compulsivity, which is when individuals, with a preoccupation with buying, chronically and repetitively buy in response to negative events or feelings to reduce distress and anxiety.
True enough, for the purposes of 'Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners,' the compulsive cleaners were the heroes of the hour, and were individually assigned to 'normalize and humanize' houses that were full of filth and uselessly hoarded stuff.
The heterogeneity of obsessive and compulsive symptoms have required validation of the instrument that measures the wide range of empirically driven symptom presentations.