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rit·u·al

(rich'ū-ăl),
In psychiatry and psychology, any repetitive psychomotor activity (for example, hair pulling, handwashing) performed by a person to relieve anxiety, typically seen in obsessive-compulsive disorder.
[L. ritualis, fr. ritus, rite]

ritual

[rich′o̅o̅wəl]
1 a mental health disorder characterized by repetitive sequences of stereotyped daily life routines, such as repeated handwashing, that interferes with an individual's level of functioning.
2 a prescribed order of ceremonial acts or series of acts.
3 a detailed procedure followed faithfully or regularly.

ritual

Psychiatry Repetitive complex movements, often a distorted or stereotyped elaboration of a daily routine, used to relieve anxiety, or seen in obsessive compulsive disorder. See Obsessive-compulsive disorder. Cf Motor tic.

rit·u·al

(rich'ū-ăl)
psychiatry, psychologyAny psychomotor activity (e.g., pathologic handwashing) performed by a person to relieve anxiety or forestall its development; typically seen in obsessive-compulsive disorder.
[L. ritualis, fr. ritus, rite]
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She was admitted to an inpatient pediatric hospital for the assessment and treatment of SIB, aggression, property destruction, and ritualistic behaviors.
The approach consists of three interrelated core components: 1) exposure (placing the child in situations that elicit anxiety related to his obsessions); 2) response-prevention (deterring the ritualistic or compulsive behaviors that may serve to reduce anxiety); and 3) teaching objective thinking strategies (e.
The possibility that it has been involved in any ritualistic use is not a particular line of inquiry, but we can't rule any options out," she said.
When an action by the government or the Catholics disturbed that balance, the Protestants would respond with some form of ritualistic behavior, such as a march to demark their territory.
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