compulsive reaction

compulsive reaction

[kəm′pəl·siv rē′ak·shən]
(psychology)
Behavior disorder in which a person is uncomfortable with conditions of ambiguity and uncertainty.
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JANET Addis developed a compulsive reaction to stress that lasted for decades - but she's battled back to regain control of her life.
Weekly therapy sessions attempted to reduce faulty beliefs about physical appearance and expose patients to their perceived defects without allowing them to engage in compulsive reactions (such as picking their skin or checking repeatedly in the mirror).