There is a fine line between compulsivity and impulsivity. Impulsivity may cover a wide range of behaviours that are poorly thought out, inappropriate and or risky, that often result in unwanted outcomes. It is often, though not always, unplanned. Compulsivity refers to the desire to repeat the same behaviours, often without thought or particular purpose, which usually results in negative consequences- a compulsion to consistently engage in harmful or self-destructive behaviours. It is often associated with compromised mental health. Therefore, impulsive behaviour can become compulsive and can be as addictive and detrimental as any physically-addictive substances. Such behaviours may include gambling, sex, internet, phone, work and exercise addiction.
<With our highly trained counsellors, therapists and support workers, we can help highlight the causes and patterns belying behavioural addictions, to help increase awareness around cognitive and emotional processes taking place before the onset of compulsive, addictive behaviour. We then introduce various tools and techniques that are proven to reduce the desire to partake in compulsive behaviours. For example, most behavioural addictions will induce the release of rewards chemicals in the brain, one of which is dopamine. Therefore, belying the actual behaviour is the desire to ‘chase’ the dopamine. We can help our clients identify this association within their behaviour, and develop strategies to reduce or negate this potentially destructive and maladaptive behaviour.