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com·pul·sive

(kom-pŭl'siv),
Influenced by compulsion; of a compelling and irresistible nature.
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compulsive

(kəm-pŭl′sĭv)
adj.
Psychology Caused or conditioned by compulsion or obsession.
n.
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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com·pul·sive

(kŏm-pŭl'siv)
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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AUDIT: Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test; PACS: PENN ALCOHOL CRAVING SCALE; OCDS: Obsessive Compulsive Drinking Scale; IA: interoceptive awareness Figure 1.
Factor structure and predictive validity of the Obsessive Compulsive Drinking Scale.
In assessing craving, more reliance should be placed on experimentally validated, multi-item questionnaires, such as the Obsessive Compulsive Drinking Scale.
A research team led by scientists from the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center at the University of California, San Francisco found they could reduce compulsive drinking in rats by inhibiting key neural pathways that run between the prefrontal cortex, which is involved with higher functions such as critical thinking and risk assessment, and the nucleus accumbens, a critical area for reward and motivation.
The authors noted that there are already several FDA-approved medications that target activity in these pathways, thus potentially opening an accelerated track to new treatments for compulsive drinking.
Hopf explained that this alcohol-quinine solution, which he described as "like a vodka tonic without the sugar," is often used as a rodent model of compulsive drinking, or "drinking in the face of negative consequences." In rats, he said, the negative consequence is the bitter taste, while in humans who drink compulsively, "the negative consequences are profound: people continue to drink despite the potential loss of jobs, marriages, freedom, even their lives."
"In other words, only the compulsive drinking was affected," said Seif.
1995), the Obsessive Compulsive Drinking Scale (OCDS) (Anton et al.