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(əb-sĕs′ĭv, ŏb-)
Of, relating to, characteristic of, or causing an obsession: obsessive gambling.

ob·ses′sive n.
ob·ses′sive·ly adv.
ob·ses′sive·ness n.

Patient discussion about obsessive

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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1 A large number of clinical case reports identify the unique direction of coexistence of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) symptoms with stress.
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The finding indicated that previous night's bedtime significantly predicted the participants' perceived ability to control their obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviour on the subsequent day.
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Poor insight has been reported in 15% to 36% of OCD patients (58,61,62,63) and is associated with early onset and long duration of illness, low response to treatment, more severe symptoms, a higher frequency of obsessive and compulsive hoarding, high level comorbidity of mental disorders such as depression, and generalized anxiety disorder (60,64,65,66,67).