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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.
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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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Variable Never Occasionally Sometimes Dizziness 240 35 16 Shortness of breath 213 51 27 Nausea 227 44 22 Heart pounding 110 100 63 Panic 152 89 36 Sweating 205 56 23 Feel helpless 117 92 53 Obsessiveness 187 63 26 Control 153 45 47 Monitor TV 39 36 67 Anxious 84 90 70 Unable to sleep 130 89 53 Change schedule 116 88 55 Unable to eat 227 41 14 None A little bit Moderate Overall fear of 44 137 85 severe weather Variable Frequently Always Dizziness 5 2 Shortness of breath 5 1 Nausea 5 0 Heart pounding 22 2 Panic 17 1 Sweating 12 2 Feel helpless 28 6 Obsessiveness 13 8 Control 37 14 Monitor TV 105 50 Anxious 41 12 Unable to sleep 16 7 Change schedule 28 9 Unable to eat 10 3 Quite a bit Extreme Overall fear of 24 7 severe weather
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