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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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They found that the cocaine users had widespread loss of grey matter which was directly related to the duration of their cocaine abuse and that this reduction in volume was associated with greater compulsivity to take cocaine.
The domains are negative emotionality (with 10 trait facets), detachment (5 facets), antagonism (8 facets), disinhibition (4 facets), compulsivity (5 facets), and schizotypy (5 facets).
Due to the structural and functional similarities between methamphetamine and methylphenidate, we expect to find behavioral alterations in adult mice exposed to prenatal methylphenidate indicative of frontal brain deficits such as impulsivity and compulsivity.
Ferguson & Hartley, supra note 204, at 326; see also Philipe Bensimon, The Role of Pornography in Sexual Offending, 14 SEXUAL ADDICTION & COMPULSIVITY 95, 99 (2007) (surmising that the results of studies showing a link between pornography and sexual violence is equivocal at best); Diamond, supra note 216, at 311 (reviewing the literature and finding no empirical basis for a cause and effect between pornography and harms to women and noting antipornography laws serve political interests in Western countries while countries with strict bans are not known for protecting women from sexual harm); Neil M.
Paula Hall, a trustee for the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity (ATSAC), said around 6% of the UK population suffered from severe addictions similar to those seen by Chepstow-based Ms Grayson.
Even, in the case of an informant who exhibit compulsivity in terms of his motorcycle usage/purchase and, indeed, physically harmed himself previously, his feeling of guilt appear to be only temporarily and not so deep that one can call it remorse.