Gap Fill - Online Shopping Addiction - Level 6


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The of the Internet has brought with it the of shopping at our leisure in the comfort of our own home. However, for many, the allure of shopping for bargains and can turn into an . Experts believe there is a that online shopping can develop into a mental illness. Researchers from the Hannover Medical School in Germany have termed it "Buying Shopping Disorder" (BSD). The researchers say this should be recognized by the medical as an illness and should not simply be classed as one of "impulse control" disorders. Psychotherapist Dr Astrid Müller said: "It really is to...accumulate further about BSD on the Internet."

Dr Müller and her conducted research on from earlier studies on compulsive shopping. Their research focused on 122 patients who sought for BSD. Dr Müller reported that about five per cent of the population may be suffering from BSD. She added that people are more to developing it and experienced greater of anxiety and depression. People with BSD readily exhibit negative behaviors. These include spending excessive of money on things they don't need, hoarding and never using they order, buying things for the sake of instant , and ending up in debt. BSD can destroy marriages, and mental health.

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