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Compulsive Behavior (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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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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Test_50 is experiencing compulsive behavior. The following also describes Test_50:?

Test_50 is experiencing compulsive behavior. The following also describes Test_50:?

Several reasons...: Disinihibited or compulsive behavior in a 50 yr old has a wide differential. Here's a partial list:
1) Side effect from a dopamine agonist, immunosuppressant, corticosteroids (just to name a few)..
2) Frontotemporal dementia
3) Substance use disorder (ETOH or stimulant use perhaps)
4) An underlying medical condition such as huntingtons, hyperthyroidism, CNS neoplasm (just to name a few). ...Read more

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

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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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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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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Why am I obsessed with washing my hands? It's a compulsive behavior that I can't control.

Why am I obsessed with washing my hands? It's a compulsive behavior that I can't control.

OCD: You likely have a possessive compulsive disorder. Handwashing is one of the classic symptoms. There are things that can help including medication and counseling. Please go see your primary care provider and ask for help. Those who ask for help usually get it and get better. ...Read more

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What are the 2-3 best meds to get rid of my obsessive compulsive behavior?

What are the 2-3 best meds to get rid of my obsessive compulsive behavior?

Not clear: All of the ssris have been shown to be highly beneficial for treating ocd. Those available in the us are fluoxetine (prozac), sertraline (zoloft), fluvoxamine (luvox), citalopram (celexa), escitalopram (lexapro), and clomipramine (anafranil). Side effects vary, and sometimes one will work and aother won't, so trying several if needed is appropriate. ...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

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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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Doctor prescribed hydroxyzine to help me deal with a compulsive behavior, but nothing i've read mentions anything of the sort. How does it help this?

Doctor prescribed hydroxyzine to help me deal with a compulsive behavior, but nothing i've read mentions anything of the sort. How does it help this?

Soften Symptoms: Hydroxyzine is often used to soften anxiety. Sometimes softening anxiety alleviates the triggers to compulsive reactivity. The medication is an antihistamine and has a long history as a treatment for treating anxiety. What is nice is that is has fewer risks and side effects than modern day anti-anxiety medications and less addictive potential than benzodiazipines. ...Read more

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Can ritalin and topamax (topiramate) be taken together for obsessive compulsive behaviors?

Can ritalin and topamax (topiramate) be taken together for obsessive compulsive behaviors?

OCD and ADHD may: occur together or be mistaken for the other. Ritalin (methylphenidate) may worsen OCD symptoms. SSRIs (fluoxetine, sertraline) help OCD but may not be enough and one study suggests that adding Topamax (topiramate) may help 60-70% of individuals. Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is the only scientifically-supported behavioral treatment for OCD. Skilled evaluation and treatment is necessary for OCD. Best regards. ...Read more

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What are common treatment facilities that treat compulsive behavior addictions such as internet, video games, ect?

What are common treatment facilities that treat compulsive behavior addictions such as internet, video games, ect?

Yes: There are many out there. This is one that i know of:

http://morningsiderecovery.Com/addiction-treatment/video-games/gaming-addiction-treatment.Php. ...Read more

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Can therapy help with compulsive behavior? I cant stop cheating due to my sex addiction.Its got to the point where its everyday with multiple partners

Can therapy help with compulsive behavior? I cant stop cheating due to my sex addiction.Its got to the point where its everyday with multiple partners

Therapy can help: with sex addiction. It is important to find an experienced and qualified therapist. These treatments are based on cognitive behavioral therapy approaches and target compulsive thoughts and underlying disorders like depression and anxiety. There are also support groups and medication options. Consider touching base with a local primary care provider to explore options. I also attached an article. ...Read more

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I experience compulsive behaviors, feeling anxious (worsened by: emotional stress) and I have irrational fears. What's wrong with me? What can I do?

I experience compulsive behaviors, feeling anxious (worsened by: emotional stress) and I have irrational fears. What's wrong with me? What can I do?

Compulsive: The symptoms you mention indicate the need to consult w/a mental health professional such as a clinical psychologist who works w/mood disorders. He/she will let you know what is going on and provide help. This situation is treatable. Peace and good health. Stress makes just about everything worse, very normal. ...Read more

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I binge but I do not purge. I am emotionally unstable & I believe I have an obsessive compulsive behavior, I pull out & eat my hair. how do I stop?

I binge but I do not purge. I am emotionally unstable & I believe I have an obsessive compulsive behavior, I pull out & eat my hair. how do I stop?

See a psychiatrist.: You are describing an Obsessive Compulsive behavior which includes, compulsive eating, trichotillomania, pulling your hair, anxiety when you try to stop these behavior. This condition can be treated with a combination of medications and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Your PCP can refer you to one. ...Read more

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Dr. prescribed remeron to sleep, gain weight. in the past SSRI's intensified restlessness / compulsive behavior. Am worried about a new antidepressant?

Dr. prescribed remeron to sleep, gain weight. in the past SSRI's intensified restlessness / compulsive behavior. Am worried about a new antidepressant?

Remeron is excellent: This is a good medication for helping both sleep and weight gain. It does not work with exact same mechanism as other SSRIs, so usually does not have the agitation side effect. Anything is possible, but unlikely. ...Read more

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I am experiencing impulsive or reckless behavior, socially withdrawn, impaired social skills, compulsive behavior, emotional problems and personality changes.

I am experiencing  impulsive or reckless behavior, socially withdrawn, impaired social skills, compulsive behavior, emotional problems and personality changes.

Recommend assessment: You have described a lot of symptoms that could potentially affect your life and/or that could get worse if not addressed. There are ways to manage those symptoms, but it is important to be assessed by a mental health professional (psychologist or psychiatrist) who can help you to figure out what is causing those symptoms and how to best address them. ...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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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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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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Can you please list the common causes of obsessive-compulsive disorder?

Can you please list the common causes of obsessive-compulsive disorder?

Likely Many: Via ocd-uk: "in spite of a range of theories & considerable research, scientists...Have not been able 2 identify a definitive cause 4 a person developing obsessive-compulsive disorder... However...It is believed that ocd is likely 2be the result of a combination of either neurobiological, genetic, behavioural, cognitive, or environmental...Triggers..." more here; http://bit.Ly/14igwa5. ...Read more

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Can a bad reaction to Abilify (aripiprazole) cause paranoid thinking and obsessive/compulsive type behavior? My issues started around the time I started Abilify (aripiprazole)

Can a bad reaction to Abilify (aripiprazole) cause paranoid thinking and obsessive/compulsive type behavior? My issues started around the time I started Abilify (aripiprazole)

Only one way to know: It seems self-evident to me, but I guess not to others. Don't do this without your doctor's collaboration. Really knowing is a 2-step process. 1) Stop the Abilify (aripiprazole) & see if the bad stuff goes away. 2) If it does, restart Abilify (aripiprazole) & see if it comes back. Step 2 is important for drugs e.g. for diabetes, blood pressure, etc. For psych meds, step 2 is often not necessary or even desirable. ...Read more

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How effective is rational emotive behavior therapy for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

How effective is rational emotive behavior therapy for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Rational emotive: therapy is an early form of Cognitive Therapy or CT. Research shows Exposure+Response Prevention and CT work best. E+RP is a structured program of confronting the feared situation or thought without using the compulsive behavior to escape from it. CT challenges faulty thinking associated with OCD. Effective treatment with either approach takes a very skilled therapist. ...Read more

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I have a sister who has problem of gambling- how to treat the compusive behaivor.?

I have a sister who has problem of gambling-
how to treat the compusive behaivor.?

Gambling: Gambling is a highly self destructive addictive behavior that often has severe consequences. Confronting and getting the addict to see the problem, helping them to break down their denial of the problem, and then holding them accountable to get the help that they need, and keeping them away from temptation. Gambling is not worth losing your family, destroying your finances, and your credit score. ...Read more

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I really want to hurt someone. Is this complusive behavior if I can stop before it happens.?

Obsessions: If you are having dangerous obsessions on a regular basis wanting to hurt someone it still is considered obsessive behavior even if you don't act on it. You would benefit from seeking therapy. ...Read more