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Online shopping addiction now considered as mental health disorder -Researchers

Online shopping addiction is now part of 'Buying-shopping disorder' (BSD) which people are obsessed with spending online that may end up hoarding the things they order, according to researchers.

'It really is time to recognize BSD as separate mental health condition and to accumulate further knowledge about BSD on the Internet,' said Dr Astrid Müller, a psychotherapist at Hannover Medical School in Germany.

This kind of disorder often happens together with other mood, anxiety or eating disorders, or substance abuse.

Symptoms may include: 

1. Accumulating debt
2. Hiding purchases from loved ones
3. Tensions or breakdowns in relationships between friends and family
4. Compensating for negative feelings by buying things
5. Trying to stop shopping but unable to do it

Affecting five per cent of the population and having serious mental effects, with continuous shopping can cause a loop of extreme cravings for buying things and satisfaction when spending money.

This can then lead to a breakdown in self-control, 'extreme distress', other psychiatric problems, relationship difficulties and physical clutter and debt.


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