U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 32-year-old member asked:

please tell me what induces the obsession and phenomenon of craving?

1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barbara Toohill
Clinical Psychology 12 years experience
Combination: Craving can be related to a vitamin or nutient deficiency, such as when individuals crave non-food items as their body attempts to repair the deficiency. More often however cravings are situationally bound and are learned, habitual responses to environmental cues.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Fantastic explanation.
Jul 12, 2013

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
$30 per visit with
membership

Similar questions

A 22-year-old member asked:

Can "pure obsessions" betreated?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: A psychotherapist can help people with obsessions.
CA
A 25-year-old member asked:

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

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
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?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
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?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
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?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
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.

Related questions

A 41-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
A 48-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
A 42-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
A 52-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
$30 per visit with
membership
Last updated May 12, 2016
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
$30 per visit with
membership

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.