Demystifying Medicine Video



Compulsive buying disorder (CBD) is classified as an obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorder, more specifically an impulse control disorder. Reports of the prevalence of CBD is estimated at 5.8% of the population in the United States, making it a relatively common disorder, however, this problem is not limited to the US. Though it is more often reported in higher income countries, reports of its prevalence have surfaced around the world from Canada, England, Germany, France, Spain, and Brazil. The age of onset is usually late teens or early twenties, and both males and females are equally affected. There has also been evidence of CBD running in families as well as mood, anxiety and substance use disorders. Many studies have found patients with CBD often present with psychiatric comorbidity, with a majority of CBD patients presenting with at least one other disorder. Due to its worldwide prevalence and relatively minimal public awareness, this video brings more attention to this disorder.

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