shopping addiction

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shopping addiction

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shopping addiction


Definition A disorder in which unneeded items are purchased, often in excess. It 

(1) is poorly controlled

(2) is markedly distressful, time-consuming, and results in familial, social, vocational, and/or financial difficulties

(3) Doesn’t occur in the context of hypomanic or manic symptoms,

Comment Because the American Psychiatric Association views this as related to impulse control, it is not formally regarded as an addiction. In one study, 19 of 20 compulsive shoppers had a lifetime diagnosis of major mood disorders, 16 had anxiety disorders, 8 had impulse control disorders, and 7 had eating disorders; thymoleptic agents–e.g., tricyclic antidepressants, may ameliorate acute exacerbations of shopping addiction. Compulsive buying in men is more often for big ticket items linked to social status–e.g., massive TV, muscle car, boat. Compulsive buying in women is for home-related items and clothing. While it is not formally recognised as a disorder by the DSM-5, the condition may be as devastating to its victim’s personal and/or family finances as compulsive gambling  

Synonyms Addictive shopping, compulsive buying, compulsive shopping, compulsive shopping disorder, impulse buying (in part), oniomania, pathological shopping, shopaholism[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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