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II Klinika Psychiatrii i Rehabilitacji Psychiatrycznej UM w Lublinie
Łukasz Zadka   

II Klinika Psychiatrii i Rehabilitacji Psychiatrycznej UM w Lublinie, ul. Głuska 2, 20-439 Lublin, Polska
Submission date: 2015-02-02
Final revision date: 2015-03-31
Acceptance date: 2015-05-18
Publication date: 2016-02-28
Psychiatr Pol 2016;50(1):153–164
In spite of a hundred year long history of scientific research compulsive buying has been a hardly known phenomenon until today. Ambiguous scientific information makes it impossible to classify compulsive buying as a separate mental disorder. Recently many researchers have noticed phenomenological compatibility of compulsive buying with behavioural addictions. Nowadays, there is reasonable grounds that compulsive buying disorder can be defined as an addiction. There are many similarities occurring between a consumer type behaviours in compulsive buyers and a pathologic consumption of psychoactive substances which included the obsessive need to consumer or a compulsion to consume, personal dependence and loss of control over self-behaviour, as well as tendencies to the consumption increase. Compulsive buying disorder differs in its course from the compulsive behaviours. A strong compulsion to make a given activity, often impossible to restrain is associated with overwhelming but acceptable desire to purchase a specific item. Due to the latest information about the described phenomenon, it has been decided to present current knowledge of adequate classifications, epidemiology and therapy of compulsive buyers. In the article authors’ own standpoint as regards pathogenesis and potential risk factors was described.