What is Compulsive Behaviors?
If you have experienced compulsions or compulsive behaviors, you know that some times you engage in behaviors that may be really self-defeating and a waste of your time and money. You may also battle all kinds of feelings that come along in the aftermath like guilt, embarrassment, shame, anger, anxiety, and depression.
The good news is that there is help. And if that professional help is using best practices, there is good reason to believe your (or your loved one's) symptoms can begin to improve within weeks not years.
How Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) can help with Compulsive Behaviors
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) can be used to address compulsive behaviors by teaching new ways of thinking and developing coping tools to manage emotions and urges. NYBH has warm, caring, professionals that offer CBT in a comfortable setting at New York Behavioral Health, which is conveniently located at 380 Lexington Avenue on the corner of 42nd Street.
Our compassionate staff have been extensively trained in scientifically supported techniques to efficiently reduce your suffering and begin to get you living the life you want. We know it is not easy to get started, but we can help to begin to reduce your suffering.
For information about treatment of compulsive behaviors to reduce your suffering, please email or call New York Behavioral Health, and a staff member will be there to answer your questions. Your privacy and comfort are a priority, and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have about compulsions or compulsive disorder treatment.
If you are interested in more technical details about compulsive disorders, please continue to read below, but at any point feel free to call us if we can be of help.
Most people in this country have heard of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), but what is lesser known is that some people suffer from symptoms similar to these behaviors. These people are not typically tortured by the thoughts that OCD sufferers experience, but they do have trouble controlling certain behaviors. Instead of rituals, people who suffer from compulsions usually partake in some maladaptive behaviors, such as drug abuse, gambling, sex addiction, stealing, hoarding, etc. They feel as though they can’t help but commit these acts even though he or she is aware that these behaviors seriously damage some part of his or her life. The people who suffer from this disorder are more concerned with the act than the outcome; such as very wealthy people who steal, or a person who enjoys the rush of gambling even when he or she loses. Many people who are said to have “addictive personalities” are probably actually suffering from compulsive behavior disorder. The consequences can be very serious depending on the behavior, ranging from jail time, disease or death if drugs or sex are involved. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy(CBT) is the most effective treatment for people with compulsive problems. CBT is applied to help the client learn to control and or cope with the urges he or she feels in order to avoid these behaviors.