Impulsive - Compulsive buying disorder: Clinical overview

Bernardo Dell'Osso, Andrea Allen, A. Carlo Altamura, Massimiliano Buoli, Eric Hollander

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Impulsive - Compulsive buying disorder (ICBD) is an impulse control disorder not otherwise specified (ICD-NOS) characterized by impulsive drives and compulsive behaviours (buying unneeded things), personal distress, impaired social and vocational functioning and financial problems. Despite being described in the 19th century, serious attention to ICBD began only in the last decade with the first epidemiological and pharmacological investigation. Biological, social and psychological factors contribute to the aetiology of ICBD. Cognitive - Behavioural therapy and selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors are currently considered the more effective interventions in the treatment of ICBD. The present review aims to provide a broad overview of the epidemiology, aetiology, phenomenology and treatment options of ICBD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-266
Number of pages8
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2008


  • Impulse control disorder not otherwise specified (ICD-NOS)
  • Impulsive - Compulsive buying disorder (ICBD)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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