Compulsions are the mental symptom of feeling the urgent need to do something and finding it difficult to resist or avoid. The person feels compelled or driven to do something, often doing it repeatedly. Compulsions are often related to “obsessions” which are obsessive thoughts about something. For example, obsessions about ...

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Compulsions are repetitive behaviors that a person with OCD feels the urge to do in response to an obsessive thought. Common compulsions include:

  • Excessive cleaning and/or handwashing
  • Ordering and arranging things in a particular, precise way
  • Repeatedly checking on things, such as repeatedly checking to see if the door ...
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Is it normal thoughts? Everyone thinks differently. Wanting to wash your hands to get rid of germs is normal for most people, it doesn’t necessarily mean OCD. Compulsive Disorders: Some possible causes of compulsions, often driven by underlying intrusive thoughts ...

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Diagnosis of Compulsions

Getting help: It's important to get help if you think you have OCD and it's having a significant impact on your life. If you think a friend or family member may have OCD, try talking to them about your concerns ...1

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Causes List for Compulsions

Possible causes of Compulsions (or similar symptoms) may include:2

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Clinical Features of Compulsions

Compulsive behaviour Compulsions arise as a way of trying to reduce or prevent anxiety caused by the obsessive thought, although in reality this behaviour is either excessive or not realistically connected. For example, a person who fears contamination with germs ...3

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  1. Source: NHS Choices UK: conditions/ obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/ symptoms/ 
  2. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  3. Source: NHS Choices UK: conditions/ obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/ symptoms/ 

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