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For someone with OCD, can acting out the compulsions be helpful?

With obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), acting out compulsions can seem helpful by making people's worries go away for a while. But the worries come back, and get stronger and stronger over time. People might end up spending a lot of time doing their compulsive actions over and over, and miss out on things that make them happy, like spending time with friends.

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