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Is there such thing as obsessive reading disorder?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Semantics

We can be "obsessive" without having ocd.
A key feature of OCD is that the person does not enjoy or want to engage in the thoughts and behaviors. Someone who has to stay up all night to finish a book usually does so because of the enjoyment of reading. If the person did so because of a fear that otherwise something really bad might happen, then that might be ocd.

In brief: Semantics

We can be "obsessive" without having ocd.
A key feature of OCD is that the person does not enjoy or want to engage in the thoughts and behaviors. Someone who has to stay up all night to finish a book usually does so because of the enjoyment of reading. If the person did so because of a fear that otherwise something really bad might happen, then that might be ocd.
Dr. Glen Elliott
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

There is no such thing as a DSM 5 disorder listed as obsessive reading disorder.
People are known to read compulsively, but this is not a disorder. Perhaps you are thinking of obsessive compulsive disorder?

In brief: No

There is no such thing as a DSM 5 disorder listed as obsessive reading disorder.
People are known to read compulsively, but this is not a disorder. Perhaps you are thinking of obsessive compulsive disorder?
Dr. Andrew Berry
Dr. Andrew Berry
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Dr. Kristen Stuppy
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Never heard of it

I have never heard of ord, but i suppose like any other compulsion, if reading interferes with other healthy activities, it could be problematic.
Of course, many parents wish their kids would love to read more, so if it is just someone who likes to read: great! if it interferes with other activities, see your pediatrician.

In brief: Never heard of it

I have never heard of ord, but i suppose like any other compulsion, if reading interferes with other healthy activities, it could be problematic.
Of course, many parents wish their kids would love to read more, so if it is just someone who likes to read: great! if it interferes with other activities, see your pediatrician.
Dr. Kristen Stuppy
Dr. Kristen Stuppy
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Dr. Kris Gast
It could also be a symptom of a obsessive compulsive disorder. Just because someone doesn't keep things neat and tidy or wash their hands a 100 times a day does not mean they aren't OCD. Watch for other behaviors that may occupy the persons time.
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