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Doctor insights on: Codependency And Compulsive Behaviors

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What is the definition or description of: compulsive behavior?

What is the definition or description of: compulsive behavior?

Repetive dysfunction: This often refers to repetitive behavior which is far in excess of useful purpose, which tends to cause high levels of anxiety if it is not completed and which interferes with functioning in one or more areas. Severely repetitive handwashing, rigidy putting things in order over and over, counting over and over, and rituals done to prevent some imagined consequence are common examples. ...Read more

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A natural urge to hurt someone. How can you help someone deal with compulsive behavior?

Urge to hurt peers: Very severe problem which must be treated by professional. Help can be successful. Do not be late in treatment. ...Read more

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What is the difference between bad habits & obsessive compulsive behavior?

What is the difference between bad habits & obsessive compulsive behavior?

Very different: Good question! "ocd" has almost become a household expression for simply worrying or caring a lot about something. But, statistically, obsessive -compulsive disorder occurs in only about 1-2% of the population. The disorder has two major components: intrusive and inappropriate thoughts (not worries about real-life problems), and repetitive behaviors aimed at preventing or reducing distress. ...Read more

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How do compulsive and impulsive behavior differ?

How do compulsive and impulsive behavior differ?

Compulsive behaviors: Are repetitive, performed according to certain rules or in a stereotypical fashion; a tendency to repeat the same, often purposeless acts; with sense of having to do it. Impulsive behaviors are performed with little forethought and without regards to consequences, driven by the desire to obtain pleasure, gratification or arousal. Both involve brain function and may occur in same person. ...Read more

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Could using apps be an obsessive/compulsive behavior?

Could using apps be an obsessive/compulsive behavior?

Not likely: Only if people have intrusive & inappropriate thoughts about the app that cause a lot of distress, and then go on to do some repetitive behavior in response to the obsession in order to prevent or reduce the distress. It's more likely that people could develop a habit of using apps--maybe even a high-frequency-use habit. High frequency behaviors are ok unless they cause problems in life. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between a compulsive and impulsive behavior?

Whats the difference between a compulsive and impulsive behavior?

Both Can Impair: Compulsive behavior is behavior that is driven by a need to be fulfilled. There is a growing level of anxiety until one acts on the behavior. The behavior is often well circumscribed. Impulsive behavior is behavior that arises spontaneously without regard to consequences. The behavior, often random, can be reckless. Both types of behavior can cause impairment in a number of real life settings. ...Read more

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Anybody overcome ocd? I just need some inspiration right now. What helped you get through these compulsive behaviors that lead to nowhere?

Anybody overcome ocd? I just need some inspiration right now. What helped you get through these compulsive behaviors that lead to nowhere?

Response prevention: For the behaviors creating a situation when you would feel an urge to perform a compulsion, then can fight the urge often helps decrease symptom intensity. If you compulsively hand wash, for example, put some talc a dried spice like presley on your hands and avoid washing it off for 1-2 hrs. Put the "clean" dirt on your hands, then put your hand in your pockets and go out for a long walk. ...Read more

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I need resources for dealing with compulsive sexual behavior? When is it abnormal?

I need resources for dealing with compulsive sexual behavior?  When is it abnormal?

Let's talk: If your sexual behavior hurts someone, if it interferes with relationships, or activities of daily living (eating, bathing, working, school), if it leads to stealthiness or lying. If it leads to excessive guilt, then you should seek help. First stop is your family doctor, then on to a psychologist who is trained in sexual disorders. ...Read more

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Has anyone been able to control their moderate social anxiety / obsessive compulsive behavior with no drugs?

Has anyone been able to control their moderate social anxiety / obsessive compulsive behavior with no drugs?

Treatment Options: Social anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder respond well to cognitive-behavioral therapy. Some patients can achieve 100% remission of their symptoms. Check with your physician or your local mental health association for a referral to a mental health professional who specializes in the non-psychopharmacologic treatment of these conditions. ...Read more