What is obsessive-impulsive disorder?
August 8, 2007 10:14 AM Subscribe
I would like information on obsessive-impulsive disorder.
posted by Ms. Saint to Health & Fitness (9 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
A few years ago, I was told that someone who used to be quite close to me had been diagnosed with something called obsessive-impulsive disorder. In that conversation, it was vaguely described to me as being similar to OCD but where, instead of set routines or regular obsessions, the person instead felt an overwhelming urge to act out whatever just came into their minds to do. I was also told that the person probably developed this disorder due to drug use. For the sake of clarity, allow me to emphasize: 1) my interlocutor would certainly know the details of this person's mental illness and had no reason to lie to me; 2) I am certain I didn't just mishear and misunderstand "obsessive-compulsive disorder."
Since then, I have occasionally tried searching for information on this disorder, and I have found nothing. Either it is not in the DSM-IV, or I do not know how to find good information about the DSM-IV. I have seen no references to this disorder or found anything about it.
So, has anyone heard of Obsessive-Impulsive Disorder? Does anyone know where I could find more information about it? If it isn't actually a disorder recognized by DSM or, really, anything, then does that say anything specific about either the person I was told suffered from it or my interlocutor who told me about it?