Compulsive behaviors are behaviors that we do repetitively that result in negative consequences in our daily lives. This could include shopping, eating, exercising, gambling, or having sex. Often people engage in compulsive behaviors with the intention of reducing their anxiety. Often these behaviors reduce anxiety temporarily, but in the long run, they may lead to debilitating or dangerous outcome. Symptoms of compulsive behavior may include experiencing an intense urge to do the behavior, feeling like you can’t control the behavior, and repeating the behavior despite harmful consequences to yourself and others.
Treatment for compulsive behaviors means addressing underlying causes of addictive behaviors or compulsions in psychotherapy. By receiving treatment for these behaviors, you can learn to better control your actions, and prevent these behaviors from controlling your life.
If you think you might have compulsive behaviors and need help please reach out to the team at the Pauquette Center. We will work with you to get you the help you need.