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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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Appropriate clinical interventions for gay men who are struggling with sexual compulsivity require that the counselor first be knowledgeable about sexual addiction and its symptomatology, including tolerance, craving, withdrawal, secrecy, and obsession.
Sexual compulsivity among heterosexual college students.
The association of sexual compulsivity and online and offline sexual behaviour has also been studied with some indirect evidence of a link (Cooper, Griffin-Shelley, Delmonico, & Mathy, 2001), although only 1% of individuals identified as sexually compulsive users of the Internet limited their behaviour to the Internet (Cooper, Delmonico, & Burg, 2000).
Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity 2007; 14(1):21-40.
Analyses next examined the relation between motivations for viewing and negative outcomes (i.e., CBOSB-R, overall harm, CPUI effort, CPUI compulsivity, and CPUI distress).
Previous research has found that undergraduate men are more likely than women to engage in RSB because of their higher rates of sexual sensation seeking and sexual compulsivity (Gullette & Lyons, 2005).
Psychiatrists and other clinicians made the case--in some quarters, at least--for sugar, sex, and Internet compulsivity as addictions.
Deficits in frontal cortical volume associated with aging are hypothesized to also result in impulsivity and compulsivity, which opens up the possibility of greater vulnerability to alcohol use disorder later in life.
All participants completed anonymous online surveys in which their medical and psychological history was ascertained, along with their levels of compulsivity and ability to cope in specific situations.
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