obsessive-compulsive love



from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Relating to or characterized by a tendency to dwell on unwanted thoughts or ideas or perform certain repetitious rituals, especially as a defense against anxiety from unconscious conflicts: obsessive-compulsive behavior.
  • n. An obsessive-compulsive person.

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  • adj. Characterized by obsessions and compulsions, especially by the need to perform repetitive tasks

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  • n. a person with obsessive-compulsive characteristics
  • adj. characterized by obsessions and compulsions


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  • I was feeling the first flush of a condition now known as obsessive-compulsive disorder OCD, which is part of the suite of symptoms commonly seen in combat veterans.

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  • There are treatments, even cures, for depression, paranoia and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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  • Stress-induced conditions include hair loss, heart disease, obesity, obsessive-compulsive disorder, sexual dysfunction, tooth and gum disease and ulcers or indigestion.

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  • I've also been a "Crackberry addict" (an obsessive-compulsive user of the Blackberry device), and was an early adopter of the iPhone, which now keeps me "connected" to family, friends, acquaintances, and others whenever I choose to let it.

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  • Yet we focus on them instead of on uplifting tales like those of Mia St. John, who has overcome obsessive-compulsive disorder to become a three-time boxing champion, and Ron Artest, a Los Angeles Laker guard-forward, whose battles with mental illness did not prevent him from helping the Lakers win last year's NBA title.

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  • To all my supporters, friends and family, to all the restaurants and businesses that I have profiled over the years, and especially to my wife, Rachel, who puts up with my craziness and obsessive-compulsive food photography that frequently causes her dinner to go cold, I extend my greatest thanks and appreciation.

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  • It's clear now where our favorite obsessive-compulsive ginge may have gotten her red hair.

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  • Everyone else looks at you and sees an obsessive-compulsive, anal-retentive insomniac with a pen fetish.

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  • Aesthetically, the resulting works lie halfway between Victorian froufrou and the obsessive-compulsive artwork produced by the mentally challenged.

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  • If you think that he has some obsessive-compulsive traits, you may want to speak to the school psychologist or guidance counselor to see whether this is interfering with his social skills or academic achievement.

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