Compulsive or impulsive behaviours are recurring behaviours that cause distress and/or limit one’s social, work or academic functioning. Despite attempts to stop the behaviours, people continue to engage in them and feel unable to stop. Often loved ones are critical or try to encourage one to stop, this can lead to relationship difficulties and feeling ashamed and alone with these struggles. These behaviours are often mindless and feel unconscious, but generally offer a soothing or calming feeling during or after engaging in them. After the soothing effects, people often feel shame and guilt at the lack of control they have over their behaviours.
Take inventory of your symptoms. The following are common types of compulsive/impulsive behaviours: