Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 28 January 2015

Demential pill help for shopaholics

A pill for dementia sufferers could help stop shopaholics from their devastating habit, according to a new US study.

Compulsive shoppers given medication normally reserved for sufferers of Alzheimer’s Disease were found to have spent less time shopping and further cut the huge amount of cash they fritter away on impulse buys.

Psychiatrists tested a medication called memantine and following clinical trials of eight weeks, both men and women experienced half as many symptoms as well as improvements in brain function linked to impulsive urges, thoughts and behaviour.

Psychiatrists from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis who studied nine people aged from 19 to 59 and who had been diagnosed with compulsive buying disorder, said: “Hours spent shopping per week and money spent shopping both decreased significantly, with no side effects.”

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