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A 46-year-old member asked:

I have compulsive and obsessions of negative emotions, intrusive thoughts. should i get treated for "impulsivity"?

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Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 23 years experience
Not the same: Although "impulsive: and "compulsive" sound similar, they have completely different meanings. In one sense they may even be considered the opposite. You may be having a problem in the obsessive-compulsive spectrum, but it sounds like clinical (major) depression is a definite possibility as well. I recommend that you obtain an evaluation from a qualified professional for a more accurate diagnosis.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry 37 years experience
You should have: An evaluation by a family doctor first and if medically cleared, you should be evaluated by a psychiatrst in your area!

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