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Serious Shopping

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 01 July 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:0107256b
  1. Philip Shaw, clinical researcher1
  1. 1Institute of Psychiatry, London

According to this book, shoppers can join the long list of addicts - gymaholics, dot.comaholics, sexaholicsinitially identified by a section of the media apparently addicted to identifying addictions.

The case for shopping addiction rather crumbles when the evidence is examined. The definitions of addiction used by the various authors are rarely explicitly defined but seem to be so broad as to stretch from “dysphoric …

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