Repetitive behaviors or thoughts that a person engages in to
neutralize, counteract, or make their obsessions go away.
People with OCD realize this is only a temporary solution,
but without a better way to cope, they rely on the compulsion as a
Compulsions can also include avoiding situations that trigger obsessions.
Compulsions are time consuming and get in the way of important activities the person values.
What Compulsions Are Not:
Not all repetitive behaviors or "rituals" are compulsions.
For example, bedtime routines, religious practices, and learning a new
skill involve repeating an activity over and over again are a
welcome part of daily life.
Behaviors depend on the context: Arranging and ordering DVDs
for eight hours a day isn't a compulsion if the person works in a video