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is behavior which a person does compulsively
—in other words, not because they want to
behave that way, but because they feel they have to
Mental health professionals have identified signs of compulsive behavior in various disorders such as:
- Obsessive–compulsive disorder – obsessive, distressing, intrusive thoughts and related compulsions which attempt to neutralize the obsessions.
- Drug addiction – a condition where a person takes a drug compulsively, despite potential harm to themselves, or their desire to stop.
- Body-focused repetitive behavior
Body-Focused Repetitive Behavior is an umbrella name for impulse control behaviors involving compulsively damaging one's physical appearance or causing physical injury.The main BFRB disorders are:*Trichotillomania, compulsive hair pulling...
- Substance dependence
The section about substance dependence in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders does not use the word addiction at all. It explains:...
– the repeated use of substances or behaviors despite clear evidence of morbidity secondary to such use.
- Physical addiction
- Cocaine addiction
- Problem gambling
- Thumb twiddling
Thumb twiddling is an activity that is done with the hands of an individual whereby the fingers are interlocked and the thumbs circle around a common focal point, usually in the middle of the distance between the two thumbs....