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WHAT ARE COMPULSIONS?

Compulsions are mental acts such as repeating words silently or counting, or are repetitive behaviors such as ordering, checking, or hand washing. The goal is to reduce or prevent anxiety, not to provide gratification or pleasure. The person usually feels driven to perform the compulsion to prevent some dreaded situation, or to reduce the distress accompanying an obsession. Compulsions are either not connected in a realistic way with what they are designed to neutralize or prevent, or are clearly excessive.

MOST COMMON COMPULSIONS

Cleaning/Washing

Checking

Arranging/Organizing

Counting/RepeatingCollecting/Hoarding

Touching

 
     
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