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OCD and Addictive Behaviour


Including: food, alcohol, drugs, shopping, work, sex and gambling – virtually anything that we derive pleasure from can become compulsive and addictive for such things represent immediate gratification, taking away bad feelings and replacing them with good ones.

But they don't actually take away those feelings and although they do give us some pleasure, we still feel bad.

The fleeting pleasure from addictive behaviour can never erase the deep inner feelings, but it does allay anxiety to an extent and help us feel in control, so we do it more and more until the attempts to ease the pain and get control eventually become habit.

Indeed, over time, most addictions no longer give us pleasure (after a while, the binge eater doesn't even taste the food) and only serve to enforce our inner feelings of badness, insecurity and lack of control.


Read more about:-

•  OCD and Compulsions
•  OCD and Obsessions
•  OCD and Rituals
•  Understanding Anxiety and OCD

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Addiction:

"the fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance or activity"

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