When Affection Turns To Obsession: Understanding Obsessive Love Disorder
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What is Obsessive Love Disorder?
Obsessive love disorder (OLD) is a mental health condition wherein a person is so obsessed with the person he/she is in love with. While experiencing this condition, they might go over the road to protect their loved ones which results in obsession. In short, it means they try to gain control or possession over people they love.
Ask yourself, is this love? Is this how people love? Is this a healthy way of loving?
No, this is an unhealthy way of loving and people should not follow this. Moreover, there is no psychological classification for Obsessive Love Disorder. However, a mental health provider can help you to control the symptoms so that you can have a healthy relationship with no complications. This blog covers everything you need to know about Obsessive Love Disorder (OLD).
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Symptoms of Obsessive Love Disorder:
- Overwhelming attraction
- Uncontrollable obsession
- Feeling the need of protecting the loved one
- Possessive actions and thoughts
- Extremely jealous
- Low self-confidence
- Repeated texting or calling
- Constant requirement of assurance
- Difficulty in handling relationships and friendship
- Difficulty in maintaining contact with family members
- Constant urge of monitoring everything of their loved one
- Full controlling nature over a loved one
Signs and symptoms of obsessive love disorder (OLD) are:
People with this condition also take rejection in a negative way which worsens their symptoms and impacts their relationship with people as well. Other signs and symptoms of OLD are:
Causes of Obsessive Love Disorder
Causes of Obsessive Love Disorder are still unknown, however; they are linked with various mental health conditions like:
1. Attachment disorder
The reason behind relating OLD with attachment disorder is a lack of empathy for a loved one. In attachment disorder, the person might feel over-friendly and take precautions around strangers.
2. Borderline personality disorder
The reason behind relating OLD with BPD is the disturbing self-worth and self-image coupled up with mood swings.
3. Obsessional Jealousy
Jealousy related to perceived infidelity is the reason behind relating OLD with obsessional jealousy. It also impacts everyday functioning.
This condition lies between OLD and delusional jealousy wherein you are jealous because your loved one has a higher status than you. And, it makes you feel uncomfortable.
5. Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD)
OCPD is derived from compulsive rituals and obsessive thoughts that impact your everyday life. It is also related to the constant need for reassurance which impacts relationships and friendships.
6. Delusional Jealousy
Delusional jealousy is based on delusions. This condition intersects between untrue events or things. It means having a feeling of reciprocated love which is not true. It is also related to alcoholism in men.
Diagnosis of Obsessive Love Disorder
OLD can be diagnosed with the help of a mental health expert.
If you think you or your loved one are experiencing something similar like this, please do not evaluate anything on your own and take the help of a mental health expert. To connect with a mental health professional from BetterHelp, click here.
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During diagnosis, an expert will try to ask questions about symptoms and your past relationship. They also may ask you about your family history with any mental health condition.
A proper diagnosis from your mental health provider may help you in retrieving the causes behind the development of this disorder. As of now, Obsessive love disorder is not a part of the DSM-5. For a fact, OLD is more observed in females than males.
Your mental health provider may also suggest psychotherapy along with medications. Therapy is always helpful for such conditions. Therapy options comprise of:
I hope this blog helps you in understanding Obsessive Love Disorder (OLD). Comment down your queries related to OLD. For more such content, follow Calm Sage on all social media platforms.
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