Living with book-purchasing disorder

Screen Shot 2015-04-19 at 22.35.58Dalrymple, himself afflicted from a very young age with BPD — which is a serious condition, in isolated cases fatal — explains (from 45:01) the criteria for the disease.

He who suffers from book-purchasing disorder experiences at least three of the following:

  • He buys more books than 99 per cent of the population
  • Book purchases amount to a significant proportion of his discretionary income
  • He experiences difficulty in passing a bookstore without entering it
  • Screen Shot 2015-04-19 at 22.31.53There are frequent episodes of BPD-associated raised tension, which can be alleviated only by purchasing another book
  • He buys more books than he can possibly read
  • He has quarrelled with his wife about the number of books in the house
  • His wife has suggested a ‘one in, one out’ policy to help him — and her — come to terms with BPD and tackle it together
  • His wife has banned the presence of books from a number of the rooms in the house

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