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Compulsive online shopping should be recognised as a mental disorder in its own right, psychologists say.
This is because buying-shopping disorder (BSD) has similarities to other addictions and compulsions.
International - Classification - Diseases - Psychiatrists - Illnesses
The International Classification of Diseases, used by psychiatrists to classify mental illnesses, does not list it as a separate condition.
But researchers say there are specific symptoms that put it in a class of its own, with a ‘sub-type’ of patients with worse symptoms who shop on the internet.
Disorder - Sufferers - Treatment - Study - Journal
Recognising it as a separate disorder could help sufferers realise they need treatment, according to the study in the journal Comprehensive Psychiatry. The condition is estimated to affect around 5 per cent of the population.
Compulsive shoppers have an ‘extreme preoccupation with and craving for buying’, the researchers write, and ‘irresistible’ urges to possess consumer goods, buying more than they can afford, need or use to relieve negative feelings.
Distress - Family - Disputes - Clutter
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