Concept analysis-obsession

  1. I'm working on a concept analysis on obsession and I'm having difficulty finding any nursing definitions of obsession. I know that Peplau defined anxiety, but does anyone know if any nursing theorists defined obsession? Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!
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  3. by   canoehead
    Thank God I don't have to write those stupid papers anymore. I could write 20 pages and still not know what the hell I had written it on- and get a B!

    Groan.
  4. by   thisnurse
    i would be glad to help you if i understood what concept analysis is. i never had to do one of those.
  5. by   dawngloves
    Hmmm... maybe you should look into definitions of different psych disorders? More of a broad spetrum definition? Compulsion seems a little narrow.
    Good luck!
  6. by   Dr. Kate
    Are you in a traditional academic setting? If so, get yourself into the library and talk with the friendly librarian. Tell her/him in detail what you're trying to do, what you've done so far, and what you think you need. There may be docmentation on a concept analysis already done on compulsion. But it will probably not utilize a nursing definition of compulsion.
    You will have to be open to adapting the definition you find to nursing. Remember, most psychosocial nursing definitions are simply the definitions from the social sciences couched in nursing jargon. There is nothing magically nursing about them.
    Don't waste your time trying to find this on your own. Librarians have resources you can't even begin to imagine. And, we really like interested students asking interesting questions.
  7. by   disher
    Maybe you could look up the definition of obsession in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders? (DSM IV)
  8. by   adrienurse
    Look up:

    Imogene King's personal systems theory:
    -processing of data is gathered by the senses to define experience and establish reality of the individual. Body image is related to perceptions of the body.

    I don't think you're gonna find anybody referring specifically to obsession. I think this is a relatively new concept.
  9. by   sunnygirl272
    http://www.mentalhealth.com/

    Obsessions as defined by (1), (2), (3), and (4):


    1**recurrent and persistent thoughts, impulses, or images that are experienced, at some time during the disturbance, as intrusive and inappropriate and that cause marked anxiety or distress
    2**the thoughts, impulses, or images are not simply excessive worries about real-life problems
    3**the person attempts to ignore or suppress such thoughts, impulses, or images, or to neutralize them with some other thought or action
    4**the person recognizes that the obsessional thoughts, impulses, or images are a product of his or her own mind (not imposed from without as in thought insertion)

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