Obsessional jealousy is jealousy that is characterized by intrusive and excessive thoughts, and may be accompanied by compulsive checking of the partner. 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.
Its characteristics are:
- Little resistance and distress associated with obsessional thoughts
- Anger specifically directed at spouse
- Jealousy evident only in a committed relationship
- Frequently monosymptomatic
- Frequently responds at lower doses of SSRI
- Rapid response in comparison with classical OCD
- Michael Kingham and Harvey Gordon (2004). "Aspects of morbid jealousy" (PDF). Advances in Psychiatric Treatment. 10: 207–221. doi:10.1192/apt.10.3.207.
- American Psychiatric Association (2013). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (Fifth ed.). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing. p. 263. ISBN 978-0-89042-555-8.
- Obsessional Jealousy - Morbid Jealousy