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Phenomenology and treatment of behavioural addictions.

Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.
Canadian journal of psychiatry. Revue canadienne de psychiatrie (Impact Factor: 2.41). 05/2013; 58(5):252-9.
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ABSTRACT Behavioural addictions are characterized by an inability to resist an urge or drive resulting in actions that are harmful to oneself or others. Behavioural addictions share characteristics with substance and alcohol abuse, and in areas such as natural history, phenomenology, and adverse consequences. Behavioural addictions include pathological gambling, kleptomania, pyromania, compulsive buying, compulsive sexual behaviour, Internet addiction, and binge eating disorder. Few studies have examined the efficacy of pharmacological and psychological treatment for the various behavioural addictions, and therefore, currently, no treatment recommendations can be made.

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