Journal article

Defining Compulsive Behavior

J Luigjes, V Lorenzetti, S de Haan, GJ Youssef, C Murawski, Z Sjoerds, W van den Brink, D Denys, LF Fontenelle, M Yücel

Neuropsychology Review | Springer Verlag | Published : 2019

Abstract

Compulsive tendencies are a central feature of problematic human behavior and thereby are of great interest to the scientific and clinical community. However, no consensus exists about the precise meaning of ‘compulsivity,’ creating confusion in the field and hampering comparison across psychiatric disorders. A vague conceptualization makes compulsivity a moving target encompassing a fluctuating variety of behaviors, which is unlikely to improve the new dimension-based psychiatric or psychopathology approach. This article aims to help progress the definition of what constitutes compulsive behavior, cross-diagnostically, by analyzing different definitions in the psychiatric literature. We sea..

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