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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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There was no history of psychotic symptoms, hyperactivity, obsessiveness, compulsiveness, or substance abuse.
Drawing on acts of avoidance, compulsiveness and suppression of emotions, not only provides marginalized sanctuaries of safety and self-protection from threats of pubertal changes, but also predisposes some men to simultaneously embrace behavior patterns offered by anorexia.
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This emerging research stream has focused on individuals' perceptions of riskiness (Atchley, Atwood, and Boulton 2011), insufficient sleep (Dahl 2008), recklessness and its consequences (Harrison 2011), compulsiveness (Steelman et al.
Edvard (1992) developed a scale to measure the low to high levels compulsiveness in consumers' behavior.
In a joint factorial analysis between the Eysenck Personality Questionnaire Revised (EPQ-R), the NEO Personality Inventory Revised (NEO-PI-R) and the DAPP-BQ, Emotional Dysregulation loaded with Neuroticism, Low Affiliation with Extraversion, Social Avoidance with Psychoticism and Agreeableness (-), and Compulsiveness with Conscientiousness (Larstone, Jang, Livesley, Vernon, & Wolf, 2002).
In contrast to compulsiveness, basicness does not involve the idea of commandment.
Also in regard to finances, we found very interesting the compulsiveness that the asylums' budget should be completely separated by those of either the Eforie or the Epitropy, whereas the extra revenue of the asylums would be utilized solely "for the benefit of the alienated" (the principle of equity).
(4) While readers may be sympathetic to the notion that Grand's conditions are the cause of his obsessive compulsiveness, which in turn hampers (or is) his artistic production, their continued reading of Camus's published novel is material evidence that such sympathy does not prevent one's engagement with art that is "successfully" produced.
Where compulsiveness and centralized decision making worked well in the early stages, this style of management in later stages of development becomes an obstacle to firm creativity and innovation.
Unfortunately for us, such compulsiveness does not allay our anxiety but feeds it.
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