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Is Compulsive Buying a Mental Disorder?

Your Two Cents: Is Compulsive Buying a Mental Disorder?


Buying things to make yourself feel better, getting the high for a short while, coming down with hateful guilt, and repeating the process until you're deep in debt is the basis for compulsive buying. It's an addiction that millions of people struggle to overcome and there are support groups like Debtors Anonymous to aid in recovery. According to a study in the American Journal of Psychiatry, 5.8 percent of Americans suffer from this kind of compulsion.

For years the American Psychiatric Association has been discussing including compulsive buying in its manual of mental disorders — do you think it should be identified as such?

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