compulsive ritual

compulsive ritual

a series of acts a person feels must be carried out even though he or she recognizes that the behavior is useless and inappropriate, commonly seen in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Failure to complete the acts causes extreme tension or anxiety.
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The ritual, like any compulsive ritual, attempts to bind this knowledge, to make it somehow assimilable.
Kohl, LeFavour initially spirals into the compulsive rituals of self-harm.
People with OCD perform certain compulsive rituals that they are often aware of and uncomfortable with and OCD is relatively treatable.
People with OCD know their thoughts and actions aren't realistic, but they cannot break themselves from compulsive rituals that don't give them pleasure and only temporarily relieve anxiety.
Performing compulsive rituals does not give them pleasure and only temporarily relieves their anxiety, resulting in a need to re-enact them again and again.
Rachman and Hodgson (1980) showed that the compulsive rituals in OCD patients were negatively reinforced when patients found that their anxiety was immediately diminished if they followed their rituals.
Obsessional disorders are repetitive intrusive thoughts and compulsive rituals which significantly impair function or cause marked distress.
Sometimes compulsive rituals are extremely complicated, lasting hours on end.
Even when a graduated approach is used to exposure, some clients refuse to even begin the therapy due to fear of confronting anxiety-evoking situations while abstaining from compulsive rituals (Tolin & Maltby, 2008).
Kushner and his team conducted a double-blind study of 32 subjects with the compulsive rituals of washing or checking.
Kondrat blusters vigorously as everyman Adam Miauczynski, a teacher who via incessant narration talks aud through every little movement of his day, from arcane, compulsive rituals to pet peeves (which range from too much junk mail to anything involving dogs).
More rarely, a sufferer can also have the compulsive rituals without the thoughts.