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Compulsive Behaviors Related to OCD

Definition of Compulsions and Compulsive Behaviors

Compulsive behaviors are actions that are performed persistently and repetitively without necessarily resulting in any reward or positive effect.  Compulsive behaviors are usually not pathological in and of themselves, but are characterized by the fact that they are typically not related to the purpose to which they seem to be intended.  Compulsions can also refer to mental behaviors that fit the same characteristics.  Compulsions have a variety of causes, including religious ritualistic behaviors, anxiety, physiological dysfunction, and mood disorders.  One of the most common causes of compulsions is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).  This can feel similar to a skip in a record player, where the person is fraught with an irresistible urge to repeat again and again the same behavior until something releases her or him from the skip. Continue reading Compulsive Behaviors Related to OCD