Whether it’s the latest fashion trend, the newest gadget in the market, or the most recently released makeup product, we have all been there--being overpowered by an intense desire to splurge. The countless adverts and influencers we see on social media do not help a bit to curb this impulse. We’re not saying there’s anything wrong with treating yourself once in a while. It is when the shopping behaviour spirals out of control that needs to be remedied.
Shopping addiction is also known as compulsive buying disorder. This behavioural addiction stems from the need to drown negative feelings such as anxiety and depression, with purchasing material things to feel good. A shopping addict lacks the impulse control when buying stuff. Most of the time, the behaviour drives them to purchase unnecessary and extravagant items. A person with a shopping addiction may even visit several outlets while they’re on a spree.
How To Spot A Shopping Addict
Like we mentioned, compulsive shopping is often preceded by negative feelings of inadequacy, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, having a bad day, and other stressors. Yet, after the initial high from purchasing the items, a person with a shopping addiction will then feel guilty about spending huge amounts of money and realizing that the items are superfluous. This turmoil of emotions may lead to another spree of compulsive shopping and cycle repeats itself.
A distinction should be drawn between a shopping spree and shopping addiction, because the latter is a clinically recognized disorder that needs intervention. To determine whether a person manifests characteristics of compulsive shopping, here are the 5 main features:
Is There A Treatment For Shopping Addiction?
At The Arden Centre, we employ several types of treatment and support. The reason for our multi-faceted approach is that shopping addiction has a high comorbidity risk with other conditions of mental health including behaviour or anxiety disorders as well as eating disorders.
We address the underlying emotional causes and build new skills to replace the shopping habit.
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