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A 20-year-old male asked:

what is the difference between healthy(positive) and unhealthy(negative) obsession.

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Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Any excessive: thinking (obsession) or behaviors (compulsions) that interfere w/function or comfort in life could be considered negative. "Positive addictions" is a term coined by Wm. Glasser, MD, and has to do w/behaviors we enjoy that are non competitive (even w/oneself). These can include, running, sports, paying an instrument, etc. Peace and good health.

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A 22-year-old member asked:

Can "pure obsessions" betreated?

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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: A psychotherapist can help people with obsessions.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

I realize guys become infatuated with girls but does this obsession happen as often with girls?

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Dr. Randall Bock
Specializes in General Practice
No: Yes, it happens, but no, not as often. Nature's "vector" is such that males pursue females. Obviously there is mutual attraction, but women do much more and have much more interest in exaggerating that attraction (makeup, hairstyles, clothing).
A 38-year-old member asked:

What's the difference between an obsession and liking someone a lot?

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Dr. Steven Chen
Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
Degree and Impact: There is a fine line between liking someone a lot and an obsession. When the time you spend becomes excessive, it interferes with other things you need to accomplish, then you begin to cross over the line from a lot to obsession. It is the amount of time and the negative impact the thinking results in that defines an obsession.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What can I do to stop my obsessions?

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Dr. Steven Saunders
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Psychotherapy?: Disturbing or bothersome obsessions or obsessive compulsive disorder can be treated with psychotherapy and or medication. Talk with your doctor.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Can I get over OCD by stopping doing the little obsessions?

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Dr. Pratip Nag
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Yes: Find a psychologist who practices cognitive behavior therapy (cbt) because they can help you get control of your ocd.

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