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Letter to the Editor

Two Cases of Compulsive Buying Behavior in Mentally Challenged Persons

Maarten Otter, MD, and Donald W. Black, MD

Published: December 14, 2007

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Sir: Compulsive buying disorder (CBD) is characterized by excessive shopping cognitions and buying behaviors that lead to distress or impairment.1 Found worldwide, the disorder has a lifetime prevalence of 5.8% in the U.S. general population.2 Subjects with CBD report a preoccupation with shopping, prepurchase tension or anxiety, and a sense of relief following a purchase.3

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