, Volume 39, Issue 4, pp 213-220
Date: 12 May 2009

Current Status of Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention for Compulsive Buying Disorder

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Compulsive buying disorder is a condition characterized by repeated episodes of unnecessary, excessive purchases. These behaviors are frequently accompanied by negative mood states that are reduced by compulsive buying. Those with compulsive buying disorder are also observed to have a number of highly comorbid disorders. This clinical presentation creates a complex set of symptoms of which clinicians must be mindful when approaching the treatment of compulsive buying. The present article examines previous literature about compulsive buying disorder and outlines the use of an empirically supported cognitive-behavioral approach to treating compulsive buying.

Troy W. Ertelt and Joanna M. Marino are currently graduate students in the clinical psychology doctoral training program at the University of North Dakota. James E. Mitchell is currently chair of the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at the University of North Dakota and president of the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute. Kathy Lancaster is currently clinical research coordinator at the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute.