Most people in this country have heard of obsessive-compulsive disorder, 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, compulsive sexual behavior, stealing, hoarding, etc. They feel as though they can’t help but commit these acts even though they are aware that these behaviors are seriously damaging some part of their lives.
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 these propensities 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 is the most effective treatment for this people with this disorder. This treatment is applied to help clients learn to control the urges they feel in order to avoid these behaviors.