Epidemiology and course

Compulsive buying has an estimated prevalence of 2 to 8 per cent.(25) Indeed, in a recent study of the prevalence of various impulse control disorders in a psychiatric outpatient population, compulsive buying was the most common current (5.6 per cent) and lifetime (9.0 per cent) impulse control disorder diagnosis. (7>

Compulsive buying is probably more common in women than men.(2 2 24 and 25> It may begin in adolescence or adulthood and usually has either an episodic or a chronic course.

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