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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Compulsions (Overview)

behaviors are those things we do repeatedly and usually unnecessarily. We can obsess (repeated thoughts) and compulse (behaviors) together, e. g., excessive washing. This becomes more frequent under stress or when we feel out of control. Extremes of this is called Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. A mental health professional is recommended to learn ways to cope. Peace and good health.


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Is there a weird compulsion that causes you to over eat all the time?

Is there a weird compulsion that causes you to over eat all the time?

Sure!: Overeating can be a compulsion. People overeat because of an emotional emptiness that they are trying to fill or because of stress. Reaching for food is a common reaction to stress and can become a habit. ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
74 doctors shared insights

Compulsions (Overview)

behaviors are those things we do repeatedly and usually unnecessarily. We can obsess (repeated thoughts) and compulse (behaviors) together, e. g., excessive washing. This becomes more frequent under stress or when we feel out of control. Extremes of this is called Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. A mental health professional is recommended to learn ways to cope. Peace and good health.


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What is the difference between wanting something really badly and having a compulsion?

What is the difference between wanting something really badly and having a compulsion?

Somewhat alike: A compulsion is a repetitive behavior that is in response to a thought or urge. The implication is that it is powerful and very difficult to resist. Compulsions can be unwanted or intrusive and tend to feel out of control. ...Read more

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How to get rid of constant urge to urinate frequently?

How to get rid of constant urge to urinate frequently?

Medications: This is a very common finding. Assuming that your have a negative evaluation by your doctor for things such as blockage, infection, etc., medications are the mainstay of treatment. If this fails, and your are a male, then prostate surgery is an option. ...Read more

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What can one do to prevent vomiting when you get the urge?

What can one do to prevent vomiting when you get the urge?

Diet: Vomiting like that is highly abnormal and it may just be sugar! there is a center in the brainstem called the vomiting center and when irritable it sends messages to the stomach that initiates vomiting. I have seen a lot of people, especially children where lousy diet is the cause, but cvertainly not the only cause. Get it checked. ...Read more

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How come I have a compulsion to chew ice alot?

How come I have a compulsion to chew ice alot?

Medical Checkup 1st: Cravings for ice and chewing ice can be a sign of iron deficiency (anemia). Less commonly, they can indicate other nutritional problems. If your primary care doctor rules out or has ruled out these nutritional possibilities, then you might want to consult with a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist to rule out any emotional/psychological conditions. ...Read more

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How to know if I have "obsessive compulsion disorder"?

EVAL: Get a psychiatric evaluation for OCD symptomology and severity, and possible medication management. Then get a referral to a reputable clinician who specializes in OCD. ...Read more

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I need help! How do I know if I have obsessive compulsion disorder?

Get real help: The only way you can know is if you get a professional assessment. If you are experiencing symptoms of OCD and it is having a negative impact on your life you should get help with it. There are therapists that can help. Good luck and best wishes. ...Read more

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Is there a weird compulsion that causes you to over eat all the time?

Sure!: Overeating can be a compulsion. People overeat because of an emotional emptiness that they are trying to fill or because of stress. Reaching for food is a common reaction to stress and can become a habit. ...Read more

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What is the difference between wanting something really badly and having a compulsion?

Somewhat alike: A compulsion is a repetitive behavior that is in response to a thought or urge. The implication is that it is powerful and very difficult to resist. Compulsions can be unwanted or intrusive and tend to feel out of control. ...Read more

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