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Movies like Confessions of a Shopaholic might be funny and entertaining until you’re the one facing piling, out of control debt and your own feelings of self-loathing. Even so, this disorder has been put on the backburner as researchers, doctors, and psychologists seemingly have bigger fish to fry than dealing with these “materialistic” people. However, this disorder is more potent and damaging than it may come across as its victims have about as much control over it as a toddler has of a great white shark because it, Compulsive Buying Disorder, functions very similar to that of an addiction to illegal drugs.
The primary attribute of Compulsive Buying Disorder (CBD) is that it is labeled an impulse control disorder. A distinguishing factor between humans and animals is a human’s ability to control his urges and drives; however, impulse control disorders are when someone physically cannot control this urge. An impulse has such a great hold over the person that he is unable to stop himself from causing harm to himself or others around him. Therefore, CBD is associated with substance abuse, eating, and anxiety disorders despite having seemingly milder consequences. CBD typically sets within the teenage years and is rarely developed in people over 30 years old. Roughly 6% of the United States population deals with this disorder with women being nine times more likely to develop it than men. Evidence also suggests that CBD runs in the family, particularly families that have histories of anxiety and substance abuse. Another theory is that CBD is triggered in children who repeatedly receive presents instead of time and affection from their parents, which causes them to grow up continuing to seek these possessions. Because CBD typically...

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... destroy one physique like substance abuse does, it most certainly has a long reputation of ravaging bank accounts, marriages, and human will-power as its victims are constantly and uncontrollably succumbing to purchasing useless trinkets.

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