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Repeating Actions Obsessively (Overview)

In psychiatric parlance this refers to do something over and over in a mentally focused fashion. Typically the action also coexists with mental focus and attention and thoughts dedicated to the behavior or concern over not stopping behavior.


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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

Repeating Actions Obsessively (Overview)

In psychiatric parlance this refers to do something over and over in a mentally focused fashion. Typically the action also coexists with mental focus and attention and thoughts dedicated to the behavior or concern over not stopping behavior.


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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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Treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (Checklist)

See a psychiatrist
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Engage in cognitive behavioral therapy
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Make sure OCD is not a possible side effects of your medications
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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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What is the definition or description of: Repeating actions obsessively?

What is the definition or description of: Repeating actions obsessively?

Obsessive Repetition: In psychiatric parlance this refers to do something over and over in a mentally focused fashion. Typically the action also coexists with mental focus and attention and thoughts dedicated to the behavior or concern over not stopping behavior. ...Read more

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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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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?

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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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