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obsession

Psychiatry a persistent idea or impulse that continually forces its way into consciousness, often associated with anxiety and mental illness

obsession

[əb′sesh·ən]
(psychology)
Persistence of or anxious preoccupation with an idea or emotion recognized as unreasonable by the individual.
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Obsessional harassment and erotomania in a criminal court population.
washing, checking), a substantial subset report mental rituals which are difficult to distinguish from obsessional (anxiety-evoking) phenomena.
The obsessional character type is not a mental disorder, but is the prevalent character style of our age.
I believe that the underlying culprit in the evolution of bureaucracy in America and other advanced societies is the obsessional character type.
They feel tired, anxious, have poor concentration, experience difficulty dropping off to sleep, become obsessional and show an inability to cope with everyday tasks.
From the first gallery, where the sculptor's 1921 crouching self-portrait greets the viewer, defiantly staring out from his studio interior, to the last, culminating gallery, where two large 1952 studies of apples nod to Cezanne, the theme of Giacometti as obsessional observer of a visual field he could never fully master is paramount.
Fox Hooper, who suffers from Asperger's disease, a form of autism which can result in obsessional behaviour in children, had been playing with his mother until 3am.
Grandeville's obsessional qualities and his inability to exit a cycle of destructive behavior are offered with great care and skill.
Malcolm Finch thinks Paul Haigh's defence of Tony McCoy is obsessional
It was clear that no amount of money could make up for the kind of obsessional weirdness Ivan and Heidi put each other through.
The obsessional fear of being observed by queers in the showers is a constant refrain--that, and the magical transmission of AIDS by the same evil eye.