Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy

, Volume 39, Issue 4, pp 213–220 | Cite as

Current Status of Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention for Compulsive Buying Disorder

  • Troy W. Ertelt
  • Joanna M. Marino
  • James E. Mitchell
  • Kathy Lancaster
Original Paper


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.


Compulsive buying Cognitive behavioral therapy Impulse control disorders 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Troy W. Ertelt
    • 1
  • Joanna M. Marino
    • 1
  • James E. Mitchell
    • 2
    • 3
  • Kathy Lancaster
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of North DakotaGrand ForksUSA
  2. 2.Neuropsychiatric Research InstituteFargoUSA
  3. 3.Department of Clinical NeuroscienceUniversity of North DakotaGrand ForksUSA

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