Compulsive Buying Disorder

  title={Compulsive Buying Disorder},
  author={Donald W. Black},
  journal={CNS Drugs},
  • D. Black
  • Published 2001
  • Psychology
  • CNS Drugs
Compulsive buying disorder is characterised by excessive or poorly controlled preoccupations, urges or behaviours regarding shopping and spending, which lead to adverse consequences.Compulsive buying disorder has been estimated to affect from 2 to 8% of the general adult population in the US; 80 to 95% of those affected are female. Onset occurs in the late teens or early twenties, and the disorder is generally chronic. Psychiatric comorbidity is frequent, particularly mood, anxiety, substance… 

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