Basic things you need to know about Shopping Addiction

The Shopaholics

Shopping addiction also known as compulsive shopping is an uncontrollable urge to spend more buying stuff. Different people suffer from this for different reasons. There are those who fe

The Shopaholics

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el the need to spend for the purpose of compensating their feelings of anxiety of depression or simply for boosting their self esteem. Shopaholics have the tendency of spending more than they can possibly afford whether it is on chic clothing, the latest gadgets or food. This addiction has been associated with holidays as well where people feel the urge to spend more because of the ‘rush’ that comes with shopping experience.

Shopping addiction gratifies shopaholics for a while but the aftermath of this is often feelings of guilt and in the end, they succumb to the pressure that comes with poor planning. What is more, there are instances when shopaholics suffer from what is known as ‘blackouts’. When this happens, they do not even remember some of the things they bought. The compulsion to shop is extremely high and can be on any collection of things such as household items, jewelry, and high end electronics, real estate or cars. It is essential to note that shopaholics are not inclined to any specific products and for this reason, they are most likely to buy anything.

It is precisely because of this that it is important to understand this kind of addiction better. Establishing the reasons that trigger the impulse to shop is important for the simple reason it helps individuals treat the problem. Shopaholics shop different from normal people and they have certain behavioral patterns. Some of the things you need to be on the lookout for in order to identify a shopaholic include the following.

• Shopping brings with it immense feelings of euphoria or what is best described as ‘high’.
• The urge to purchase something is extremely overwhelming and it must be gratified instantly in order to enjoy peace of mind.
• Majority of the items bought during this spending spree are unnecessary.
• Majority of the people suffering from shopping addiction often go out with the intention of buying a couple of things but they end up buying more than they actually need or intend to.
• The items bought can be hidden from friends and family members because of the guilt that accompanies the exercise.
• Majority, if not all shopaholics are in dent and they often max their credit cards. In addition to this, they are in bad financial state due to their habit of spending way beyond their means.
If you note any of these signs in you or a loved one, it is highly likely that you are a shopaholic. In order to address the problem, you must first accept the fact that you have a problem and need help in order to overcome it. Humbling yourself is the key to overcoming this problem and from there, you can seek professional help. It is important to note that in order to effectively address this, you need to address other issues that contribute towards your addiction. If shopping addiction is not addressed, it can give rise to other problems.


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10 Things you should Know About a Horder

2012 Behaviour Matrix copy
2012 Behaviour Matrix copy

2012 Behaviour Matrix copy (Photo credit: Robin Hutton)

A horder is a person who collects very many items but it becomes a challenge to get rid of them when the time comes. This usually leads to a lot of clutter that is created by things that the person does not need or does not even know they have. It becomes a bigger problem when the individuals is hoarding animals as this usually leads to creation of unsuitable environment for both human beings and the animals which encourages development of various diseases. 10 things that you should know about a horder include:

1. Most of them don’t think that it is a problem- while most people think that this is a huge problem, the horder does not realize that this is not something that they need to deal with. This is one of the reasons why you will find that they get so much into it to the extent that they may need professional help to reverse the behaviors.

2. They are normal people- most of these people are very normal and given a chance they would live very normal lives without a problem. All they have to do is identify that they really have a problem and get into the right treatment plan if need be.

3. They are not really social- you will find that a horder will most likely prefer to keep to themselves while people are trying to get new friends and know more people. Most of the time it could be because of embarrassment any may not want anyone else in their space because of the pathetic state it is in.

4. Obsessive- most of the hoarders are very obsessive. This means that they do not let others borrows or touch their items.

5. Some are educated- not all hoarders are illiterate as most of them are educated it’s just that they pick up funny behaviors along the way.

6. Most learn the behaviors at a tender age- most of the hoarders usually start picking and saving the items when they are small children.

7. Most do not have support- you will find that a horder does what he/she does because they don’t have the love or support needed to stop the behavior and live a normal life.

8. A high percentage are willing to change- when they identify that they really have a problem, most of them are usually co-operative and are willing to change and declutter all aspects of their lives.

9. Some have tried to change behavior to no avail- there is a high percentage of the hoarders that usually try to get out of the situation before but slip right back. These are the patients who need to see professionals or get into a support group where they will have accountability partners to ensure that they do no suffer from the condition.

10. Most of them do not have any other underlying issues. Most people believe that a horder usually has other problems such as mentality issues or even ADHD but the truth is that there are very many individuals who do not have any other underlying conditions.

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