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Obsessional jealousy

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Obsessional jealousy

Obsessional jealousy is jealousy that is characterized by intrusive and excessive thoughts, and may be accompanied by compulsive checking of the partner.[1] [2] It is not classified as a mental disorder in the psychiatric manuals DSM or ICD, but it is mentioned as an example of how obsessive compulsive disorder can present itself.[3]


Its characteristics are:[4]

  1. Little resistance and distress associated with obsessional thoughts
  2. Anger specifically directed at spouse
  3. Jealousy evident only in a committed relationship
  4. Frequently monosymptomatic
  5. Frequently responds at lower doses of SSRI
  6. Rapid response in comparison with classical OCD


  1. ^ Beat Retroactive Jealousy in 12 Steps
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  4. ^ Obsessional Jealousy - Morbid Jealousy
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