OCD Compulsion: What It Is, Examples, & Treatment
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Primary Changes: Updated for readability and clarity. Reviewed and added relevant resources. Added “Obsessions Vs. Compulsions”, “What Do Obsessions & Compulsions Look Like Together?”, “What’s the Most Common OCD Compulsion?”, “Can Obsession Exist Without Compulsions?”. New material written by Silvi Saxena, MBA, MSW, LSW, CCTP, OSW-C and reviewed by Heidi Moawad, MD.
Author: Erica Laub, MSW, LICSW
Reviewer: Naveed Saleh, MD, MS