An obsession is a thought that generates discomfort. A compulsion is the action (physical or mental) that we perform to reduce the anxiety generated by the obsession. For example, an obsession would be to think that my house is going to burn when I leave if I have left an appliance plugged in. A compulsion would be to check all the plugs before leaving home just in case.
We all have small obsessions or compulsions, they are only problematic when they become exaggerated and affect our daily lives. They can have serious consequences and take a long time. That is why it is essential to stop them as soon as possible. For this, techniques such as exposure and cognitive restructuring are used, which help us to realize that if we do not perform compulsion, our anxiety will go down in the long run.
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