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
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..View full abstract
Research in this paper was supported in part by the talent grants from the AMC foundation and Amsterdam Brain and Cognition (ABC).