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Compulsive Behavior

"Compulsive Behavior" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus, MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). Descriptors are arranged in a hierarchical structure, which enables searching at various levels of specificity.

The behavior of performing an act persistently and repetitively without it leading to reward or pleasure. The act is usually a small, circumscribed behavior, almost ritualistic, yet not pathologically disturbing. Examples of compulsive behavior include twirling of hair, checking something constantly, not wanting pennies in change, straightening tilted pictures, etc.


This graph shows the total number of publications written about "Compulsive Behavior" by people in Harvard Catalyst Profiles by year, and whether "Compulsive Behavior" was a major or minor topic of these publication.
Bar chart showing 52 publications over 22 distinct years, with a maximum of 7 publications in 2016
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