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  • n. compulsion

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  • n. the trait of acting compulsively


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  • "This is a striking and visual example of how addictive stimulant use can result in adaptation of very important brain systems which have a direct correlates with behaviour – specifically inattention, impulsivity and compulsivity – and really does underline why we need a much better neurobiological understanding of the processes involved."

    Cocaine addiction linked to brain abnormalities

  • People inherit a latent vulnerability in the form of traits like anxiety, compulsivity, and perfectionism that can lead to the development of an eating disorder.

    Jenni Schaefer: Mom, It's Not Your Fault

  • Fear, worry, stress, and compulsivity, the unpleasant and unproductive states known collectively as anxiety, are even more common than depression.

    The Chemistry of Calm

  • Sometimes these behaviors and other aspects of compulsivity respond to drugs that increase the amount of serotonin in the brain, so measures that improve serotonin function can also be helpful.

    The Chemistry of Calm

  • This third and final category, which includes panic anxiety, rumination, and compulsivity, involves the important middle area of the brain, the area of emotion.

    The Chemistry of Calm

  • With compulsivity, there seems to be a problem with the basal ganglia, a lower brain area associated with movement but also with monitoring and controlling the inflow of bottom-up communication.

    The Chemistry of Calm

  • It may be because the basal ganglia assist with movement that some signs of compulsivity have to do with movement.

    The Chemistry of Calm

  • Recent research suggests that about 17 percent of individuals who view porn on the Internet meet criteria for sexual compulsivity.

    Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D.: Watching Porn: The Problem That Must Not Be Named

  • For a good review of the concepts of sexual addiction, sexual compulsivity, and sexual impulsivity, click here:

    Dr. Jon LaPook: Sex Addiction: Is It Really an Addiction?

  • In a recent issue of the journal Personality and Individual Differences, Idit Shalev (Yale University) and Michael Sulkowski (University of Florida) explored the relation between two key aspects of self-regulation with symptoms of impulsivity and compulsivity.

    Timothy A. Pychyl - Why are you so impulsive?


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