Yesterday, listening to TV there was a comment about the side effect of an Alzheimers pill - reducing compulsion. The comments were that a "study" had been done on the reduction of compulsive shopping (where they stated 6% of the population were compulsive shoppers, and 80% women) and that it had shown a 50% reduction in the number of times people went shopping. Reproduced part of an article below.
I find it interesting that 9 people could be considered a study - pretty small sample population, no control population etc.. But that's a whole new discussion.
But the worrying thing is that we "have to have" a pill to treat "everything". Is this a push (pharmaceutical company looking for new areas into which to push their wares & create new markets) or a pull (patients/consumers)? I can't help but feel that the disappearance of the extended family is contributing - no familial support or guidance as families move and work. And I think relying on medicating is a worrying trend. Not to mention the cost it adds to the PBS.
So.. is medicating the modern answer to all life's woes?
"Scientists from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, claim the memantine pill, also known as Ebixa (normally prescribed to help treat Alzheimer’s symptoms), could also treat those with OCD, as it successfully curbed impulsive spending urges during a series of clinical trials.
Researchers enlisted the help of nine OCD patients aged 19 to 59 who were given the memantine medication for eight weeks.
Before the trial began, the volunteers admitted to spending 38 hours a week shopping and 61% of their income on impulsive buys (mostly clothes).
After the eight-week trial period, volunteers reported a decrease in their spending urges, compulsive thoughts and behavioural traits.
“Hours spent shopping per week and money spent shopping both decreased significantly, with no side effects," a spokesperson from the study said, reports the Daily Mail.
Researchers believe that the pill reacts to the brain chemical, known as glutamate, which is closely linked to OCD behaviour."