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Nervenarzt. 2007 May;78(5):575-9.

[Compulsive shopping--current considerations on classification and therapy].

[Article in German]

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Abteilung für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie, Kliniken Landkreis Sigmaringen GmbH, Lehrkrankenhaus Universität Tübingen, Sigmaringen. b.croissant@klksig.de

Abstract

Compulsive shopping is classified by ICD-10 (F63.8) as an "impulse control disorder, not otherwise classified". Several authors consider compulsive shopping rather as a variety of dependence disorder. It is characterized by the impulsive or compulsive buying of unneeded things, personal distress, impaired social and vocational functioning, and/or financial problems. In this case, we discuss a two-way therapy consisting of addiction-specific psychological education and high dose selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). We further point to compliance problems caused by SSRI side effects.

PMID:
17123121
DOI:
10.1007/s00115-006-2214-8
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