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Compulsive Behavior

The behavior of performing an act persistently and repetitively without it leading to reward or pleasure. The act is usually a small, circumscribed behavior, almost ritualistic, yet not pathologically disturbing. Examples of compulsive behavior include twirling of hair, checking something constantly, not wanting pennies in change, straightening tilted pictures, etc.

Year introduced: 1968

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Tree Number(s): F01.145.527.100

MeSH Unique ID: D003192

Entry Terms:

  • Behavior, Compulsive
  • Behaviors, Compulsive
  • Compulsive Behaviors

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