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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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Keywords: Obsession, Compulsion, Depression, Obsessive compulsive symptoms.
As far as the examination of the potential role of the "middle-level units" of personality in compulsive buying is concerned, research is still very scarce.
However, as male consumers are also compulsive buyers (Dittmar, Beattie & Friese, 1995; MacLaren & Best, 2010; Odlaug & Grant, 2010), it is important to explore the influence of impulsivity and compulsivity on the buying motives of both genders so that appropriate solutions to the problem of compulsive buying can be suggested.
According to the logistic regressions analyses, OCD patients with depression indicated more severe obsessive and compulsive symptoms than OCD patients without depression.
Hence, society has an important role in formation of a consumer's compulsive buying behavior, frequency of whose occurrence is very high (Scherhorn, Reisch, and Raab, 1990).
Tye and her colleagues used optogenetics, a technique for controlling neurons with light, to determine that the compulsive consumption circuit was separate from the normal feeding circuit.
Compulsive overeating is a type of reward-seeking behavior, similar to drug addiction.
Research on compulsive buying dates back to the last century when it was identified by Bleuler (1924) and Kraepelin (1915), they called it as a mental disorder and named it oniomania which means buying mania compulsive shopping, an addiction.
You're more vulnerable to compulsive eating if you have a history of dieting,' says Deanne.
Importantly, this association was strongest in individuals with compulsive sexual behaviour.
The primary treatment approach for compulsive skin picking is a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy called habit-reversal training (HRT), which in its simplest form, involves monitoring and tracking of the skin-picking habit and then replacing that behavior with a competing response that the patient chooses to do in place of the undesirable behavior.
Hence, studying these consumer behavior dysfunctions such as compulsive buying and the factors inspiring them would be significantly valuable to policy makers who are responsible for the society wellbeing.