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Perseveration

 

Perseveration is an Obsessive Compulsive Behaviour associated with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

 

OCD can drive a person to need and insist that things feel or look “just right.”  The “just right” feeling is not logical and is not controllable by the OCD sufferer.  The person will feel tremendous anxiety until the physical action they are performing feels “just right.” 

 

This can be observed when a student erases a letter over and over trying to get the letter to look “just right.”  The student is neurologically driven to rewrite the letters, numbers or punctuation marks repeatedly.  This retracing is often repeated to the point of cutting through the paper with the pencil or pen.  Perseverations result in written work that is messy in spite of the student having worked very hard to produce neat work.

 

In adults this can appear to be procrastination.  The person will put off doing a task until the time feels “just right” to do it. 

 

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