Love can be a joyful or sometimes euphoric emotion, but many people have also experienced the agony of heartbreak and the fervor of infatuation. In addition to these feelings, obsessive love leads someone to fixate on their romantic partner as if they were a possession or an object.
Obsessive love, or “obsessive love disorder,” is not typically recognized as a mental health issue by health professionals.
Currently, it is not included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-5). Yet, obsessive love may be indicative of other mental health issues and disorders.
If the individual experiencing sentiments of obsessive love do not get therapy and treatment for the common signs, they may struggle to control these feelings. In extreme situations, this may even prompt an individual to engage in violent or abusive acts.
This article describes obsessive love, including its causes, symptoms, and potential treatments.
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