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Compulsive Buying Disorder


We sometimes make jokes about compulsive behavior, but the effects can be devastating. While you and I might find shopping pleasurable or a necessary task, people who do this compulsively can sacrifice not only their finances but also their health and relationships.

Psychologist Dan Gottlieb discusses Compulsive Buying Disorder (CBD) and what it means for millions of Americans and their loved ones with April Lane Benson, Ph.D., and Elias Aboujaoude, MD.

Dr. Benson is a psychologist who specializes in the treatment of compulsive buying disorder. She’s the author of To Buy or Not to Buy: Why We Overshop and How to Stop and editor of I Shop, Therefore I Am: Compulsive Buying and the Search for Self.

Dr. Aboujaoude is a Stanford University psychiatrist and author. His books include Virtually You: The Dangerous Powers of the e-Personality and Compulsive Acts: A Psychiatrist’s Tales of Ritual and Obsession.


Recommended reading:

  • Spent: Break the Buying Obsession and Discover Your True Worth by Sally Palaian
  • I Shop Therefore I Am: Compulsive Buying and the Search for Self by April Benson (guest)
  • To Buy or Not to Buy: Why We Overshop and How to Stop by April Benson (guest)
  • Born To Spend: Overcoming Compulsive Spending by Gloria Arenson
  • Stop Me Because I Can’t Stop Myself: Taking Control of Impulsive Behavior by Jon Grant
  • Consuming Passions: Help for Compulsive Shoppers by Ellen Mohr Catalano
  • Compulsive Acts: A Psychiatrist’s Tales of Ritual and Obsession by Elias Aboujaoude (guest)
  • Virtually You: The Dangerous Powers of the E-Personality by Elias Aboujaoude (guest)
  • Impulse Control Disorders by Elias Aboujaoude (guest)

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