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compulsion

Psychiatry an inner drive that causes a person to perform actions, often of a trivial and repetitive nature, against his or her will
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compulsion

[kəm′pəl·shən]
(psychology)
An irresistible, impulsive act performed by an individual against his conscious will and usually arising from an obsession.
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The decision to list compulsive video gaming as a new health problem was based on scientific evidence, according to Shekhar Saxena, director of WHO department for mental health and substance abuse.
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Accordingly, there is a large number of studies which have confirmed the existence of solid links between compulsive buying and a variety of personality determinants like personality traits (e.g., Mueller et al., 2010), materialistic values (e.g., Dittmar, 2005), and the negative emotions of anxiety and depression (e.g., Faber & Christenson, 1996).
Compulsive buying refers to chronic and repetitive purchasing behavior that becomes a primary response to negative feelings, and provides immediate short-term gratification.
The telecast of 'Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners' we caught focused on three compulsive cleaners who were so obsessively clean that they spent hours and hours tidying up their already pristine homes.