Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) research suggests that a tendency to develop habits — the compulsive component of the disorder — may be a central feature of OCD, rather than a consequence of irrational beliefs. Habits don’t seem to be fully conscious goal-directed behaviors. For example, focused thinking about details of a complex behavior, such as trying to improve a golf swing, often interferes with the expression of the habit. Habits also appear to be defining characteristics of psychiatric disorders with prominent behavioral components, such as alcoholism, drug addiction, pathological gambling, and eating disorders. Two new studies, published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, support the view that habit formation is an important component of OCD.
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