Obsession or Addiction?

They're not the same thing—and they may not be as bad as you think.

Addiction

Addiction is a condition that results when a person ingests a substance (alcohol, cocaine, nicotine) or engages in an activity (gambling) that can be pleasurable but the continued use of which becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary life responsibilities, such as work or relationships, or health.

Obessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a potentially disabling anxiety disorder. People afflicted with OCD become trapped in a pattern of repetitive, senseless thoughts and behaviors that are very difficult to overcome.

Left untreated, a severe case of OCD can destroy a person's capacity to function at work or school—or to lead a comfortable existence at home.