Compulsive Behaviour Worksheet

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Compulsive behaviour is when an individual performs an act persistently and repeatedly. 

Compulsive behaviour is a tendency or behaviour motivated by factors that compel a person to act against their own wishes.

What Are The Theories Behind This Worksheet?

Compulsive behaviours can range from simple everyday motor behaviour (cleaning, washing, sitting, standing) to extremely complex rituals and patterns (excessive hand washing, excessive checking of locks, electrical and gas appliances).

Compulsive behaviours are linked by repetition, inflexibility, and lack of purpose or function.

With time, these compulsive tendencies become problematic to human behaviour interfering with family, social and work relationships.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that helps you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. 

Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) involves exposure to obsessive thought and progressively learning to delay or stop the compulsive action.

How Will This Worksheet Help You?

This worksheet is intended to help someone with compulsive behaviours change their patterns of thinking, beliefs and behaviours that trigger compulsive symptoms.

This worksheet will also help you develop an awareness of the possible signs of compulsive behaviours and develop healthy coping skills that will keep your behaviours in check and prevent compulsive behaviours control your life.

How Should You Use This Worksheet?

This worksheet should be used whenever you feel the need of engaging in a behaviour or action repeatedly and persistently as a way to prevent an obsessive fear or create anxiety thoughts.

This worksheet should be used the moment you begin battling with compulsive and disruptive thoughts and feelings in your everyday life.

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