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

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

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