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
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.