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Paul Nestadt, M.D., Gerald Nestadt, M.D.
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A compulsion is a repetitive behavior or mental act, typically excessive, that the person feels compelled to perform in response to an obsession or according to specific rules, despite recognizing that it is unlikely to prevent a dreaded event.

A compulsion can involve diverse behaviors, including:

  • Cleaning or washing
  • Checking
  • Repeating
  • Counting
  • Ordering/arranging
  • Hoarding
  • Seeking constant reassurance

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Last updated: July 1, 2017


Nestadt, Paul, and Gerald Nestadt. "Compulsions." Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide, 2017. Johns Hopkins Guide, www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787160/all/Compulsions.
Nestadt P, Nestadt G. Compulsions. Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide. 2017. https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787160/all/Compulsions. Accessed August 19, 2019.
Nestadt, P., & Nestadt, G. (2017). Compulsions. In Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide. Available from https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787160/all/Compulsions
Nestadt P, Nestadt G. Compulsions [Internet]. In: Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide. ; 2017. [cited 2019 August 19]. Available from: https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787160/all/Compulsions.
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