Compulsions are repetitive behaviours performed in response to an obsession. The person recognise these behaviours as irrational and attempts to resist them, but usually can’t break the cycle. Commonly the involve checking, cleaning or counting. Compulsions can be associated with a sense of relief but this is short lived, so the act is repeated over. Mental (covert) compulsions usually involve silent counting, use of numbers/calculations, imagining a certain situation or repeating a particular thought a certain amount of times. Psychological therapy and sometimes medicine is recommended to help with these behaviours.
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