compulsive compulsive  /kəm ˈpəl sɪv/


  1. (n) a person with a compulsive disposition; someone who feels compelled to do certain things
  2. (adj) caused by or suggestive of psychological compulsion
  3. (adj) strongly motivated to succeed


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  1. Separating the salt and pepper shakers or worrying whether the cutlery is clean enough are just some of the woes that can befall obsessive-compulsive diners.
  2. Trichotillomania is a type of compulsive behavior.
  3. As spenders spend while the economy plummets, the psychiatric world is trying to decide whether compulsive buying should actually be considered a disease.


  1. Housing options for people with mental health issues vary greatly across Ohio

    For years in Richmond, Va., and then Newark, Ohio, Larry Racette spent his Supplemental Security Income check on booze and drugs to mask his schizoid personality disorder, dissociative fugue, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
    on June 16, 2013     Source: Zanesville Times Recorder

  2. 10 Signs You May Have OCD

    Hooked on hand sanitizer? Closet organized to a T? Quirks like this can usually be chalked up to personality or preference, but in some cases they may point to a more serious issue: obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), a condition marked by obsessive thoughts and compulsions that affects about 1 percent of U.S. adults.        
    on June 14, 2013     Source: ABC News

  3. Brain circuits link obsessive-compulsive behavior and obesity

    ( University of Iowa Health Care ) A University of Iowa-led study suggests that the brain circuits that control obsessive-compulsive behavior are intertwined with circuits that control food intake and body weight. The team bred mice with a genetic mutation known to cause obesity, and suspected to also be involved in compulsive behavior, with a genetic mouse model of compulsive grooming. The ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: EurekAlert!


  1. "Different people have different reasons for compulsive Facebook use," Baym said.
    on Mar 30, 2009 By: Nancy Baym Source: Times of India

  2. "I've got this obsessive compulsive disorder where I have to have everything in a straight line or everything has to be in pairs," Beckham said in the interview. "I'll put my Pepsi cans in the fridge and if there's one too many then I'll put...
    on Apr 2, 2006 By: David Beckham Source: China Daily

  3. Underwood says, "I'm slightly obsessive-compulsive about what I eat, more than I should be. I write down everything I eat. I started doing it last year. And in the last year is when I've gotten more healthy and lost weight."
    on Dec 9, 2007 By: Carrie Underwood Source: Times of India

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