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Dr. Chad Levitt
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Compulsions (Overview)

behaviors are those things we do repeatedly and usually unnecessarily. We can obsess (repeated thoughts) and compulse (behaviors) together, e. g., excessive washing. This becomes more frequent under stress or when we feel out of control. Extremes of this is called Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. A mental health professional is recommended to learn ways to cope. Peace and good health.


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Is there a weird compulsion that causes you to over eat all the time?

Is there a weird compulsion that causes you to over eat all the time?

Sure!: Overeating can be a compulsion. People overeat because of an emotional emptiness that they are trying to fill or because of stress. Reaching for food is a common reaction to stress and can become a habit. ...Read more

Dr. Chad Levitt
74 doctors shared insights

Compulsions (Overview)

behaviors are those things we do repeatedly and usually unnecessarily. We can obsess (repeated thoughts) and compulse (behaviors) together, e. g., excessive washing. This becomes more frequent under stress or when we feel out of control. Extremes of this is called Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. A mental health professional is recommended to learn ways to cope. Peace and good health.


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What is the difference between wanting something really badly and having a compulsion?

What is the difference between wanting something really badly and having a compulsion?

Somewhat alike: A compulsion is a repetitive behavior that is in response to a thought or urge. The implication is that it is powerful and very difficult to resist. Compulsions can be unwanted or intrusive and tend to feel out of control. ...Read more

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How to get rid of constant urge to urinate frequently?

How to get rid of constant urge to urinate frequently?

Medications: This is a very common finding. Assuming that your have a negative evaluation by your doctor for things such as blockage, infection, etc., medications are the mainstay of treatment. If this fails, and your are a male, then prostate surgery is an option. ...Read more

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What can one do to prevent vomiting when you get the urge?

What can one do to prevent vomiting when you get the urge?

Diet: Vomiting like that is highly abnormal and it may just be sugar! there is a center in the brainstem called the vomiting center and when irritable it sends messages to the stomach that initiates vomiting. I have seen a lot of people, especially children where lousy diet is the cause, but cvertainly not the only cause. Get it checked. ...Read more

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How come I have a compulsion to chew ice alot?

How come I have a compulsion to chew ice alot?

Medical Checkup 1st: Cravings for ice and chewing ice can be a sign of iron deficiency (anemia). Less commonly, they can indicate other nutritional problems. If your primary care doctor rules out or has ruled out these nutritional possibilities, then you might want to consult with a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist to rule out any emotional/psychological conditions. ...Read more

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How to know if I have "obsessive compulsion disorder"?

EVAL: Get a psychiatric evaluation for OCD symptomology and severity, and possible medication management. Then get a referral to a reputable clinician who specializes in OCD. ...Read more

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I need help! How do I know if I have obsessive compulsion disorder?

I need help! How do I know if I have obsessive compulsion disorder?

Get real help: The only way you can know is if you get a professional assessment. If you are experiencing symptoms of OCD and it is having a negative impact on your life you should get help with it. There are therapists that can help. Good luck and best wishes. ...Read more

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Is there a weird compulsion that causes you to over eat all the time?

Sure!: Overeating can be a compulsion. People overeat because of an emotional emptiness that they are trying to fill or because of stress. Reaching for food is a common reaction to stress and can become a habit. ...Read more

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What is the difference between wanting something really badly and having a compulsion?

Somewhat alike: A compulsion is a repetitive behavior that is in response to a thought or urge. The implication is that it is powerful and very difficult to resist. Compulsions can be unwanted or intrusive and tend to feel out of control. ...Read more

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I don't feel any emotions. I have a compulsion to lie and take from people without feeling bad. I am just curious to know, am i a psychopath?

Possibly: This is actually very rare and may be a few different things. Many psychological and neurological conditions mask emotions and may lead to think this. Please consider getting a complete evaluation before you throw that label on yourself. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if my boyfriend has OCD (obsessive compulsion disorder)?

Is he in treatment?: Is he doing all he can to control the ocd? Does his behavior bother you? Only you can decide if it is something you should be concerned about. It is a difficult condition to overcome, but only you can decide if it interferes with your relationship with him. ...Read more

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Is nocturnal enuresis an obsessive compulsion disorder?

Is nocturnal enuresis an obsessive compulsion disorder?

Not generally: In general this is unconscious behavior and not part of the OCD spectrum. ...Read more

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Is nocturnal enuresis a type of obsessive compulsion disorder?

Is nocturnal enuresis a type of obsessive compulsion disorder?

No: Nocturnal enuresis is not a purposeful behavior. It is not under the control of the person that has it. ...Read more

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As i stop compulsion or postponed it , I am facing concentration problem and anxiety , what can I do for anxiety and concentration?

As i stop compulsion or postponed it , I am facing concentration problem and anxiety  , what can I do for anxiety and concentration?

Congratulations on: Learning to stop your compulsions or postpone them. The initial anxiety that can be associated w/that will fade over time. In the meanwhile you can practice some breathing from the belly and releasing slowly when you feel anxious and remind yourself that the feeling is self-limiting and will stop. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How do you explain the difference between a Body Focused Repetitive Behavior Disorder and an OCD relying mostly on compulsion? what distinguishes it?

How do you explain the difference between a Body Focused Repetitive Behavior Disorder and an OCD relying mostly on compulsion? what distinguishes it?

Any excessive: thinking (obsession) or behaviors (compulsions) that interfere w/function or comfort in life could be considered negative. "Positive addictions" is a term coined by Wm. Glasser, MD, and has to do w/behaviors we enjoy that are non competitive (even w/oneself). These can include, running, sports, paying an instrument, etc. A mental health pro can help, not drugs only. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Do you need both an obsession and compulsion to have ocd?

No..: Ocd is an umbrella term that covers degrees of compulsive behavior, obsessive behavior, a combo of both, in mild, moderate, or severe states. There's a spectrum of all psychiatric disorder, and a professional can assess the dx, the severity. Remember that despite labeling a disorder, each person is unique, and classifying is a way of approach to rx, based on prior cases. Rx must be appropos to u. ...Read more