Com.puls.ive / be.hav.iors
Compulsive behavior is defined as performing an act persistently and repetitively without it necessarily leading to an actual reward or pleasure. Those who act on repetitive, irrational behaviors, suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD. However, a person does not have to suffer from OCD in order to suffer from the consequences of compulsive behaviors.
There are many different types of compulsive behaviors including, shopping, hoarding, eating, gambling, trichotillomania and picking skin, checking, counting, washing, sex and more. Whatever the chosen behavior might be, it has the potential to destroy the life of the afflicted individual. With proper therapeutic treatment, however, compulsivity can be controlled allowing the afflicted individual to live a life of normalcy.
There are numerous and various treatment methods designed to treat compulsive behaviors. The particular type of treatment best suited for an individual, greatly depends upon the severity of their personal behaviors.