Compulsive Shopping

When it comes down to it, most people enjoy shopping every once in awhile. However, there are those that are addicted to shopping and impulse buying. It can cause a very real problem in their lives. This addiction to shopping can be just as powerful as addictions to drugs, alcohol, or other items. Learning how to identify compulsive shopping behaviors and how to help can be very useful if you're concerned about your loved one. 

Oniomania
This is the name for an irresistible need and desire to shop and compulsive buy items. You'll find those dealing with this are very, very focused on the aspect of buying items, usually that they don't need. They can also deal with very anxiety driven emotions that are only helped by shopping. 

Symptoms and How To Recognize Compulsive Shoppers
When you have a friend or relative who just enjoys time out shopping, such as perhaps you do, that is not always a sign of compulsive shopping. This behavior is characterized by signs such as spending way over your budget, buying a lot of items you do not have a use for, and going shopping to help with feelings of depression, anxiety, or anger. They may feel guilt after shopping or they may even argue with you about their habits if you try to confront them. 

How You Can Help
Make sure you avoid situations with your loved one that can spark those types of binge shopping episodes. Try to talk with them in a calm manner about their habits. Encourage them that their worth is not defined but what they have materially. Many suffering with this feel very low in self-esteem and worth. Encouraging them can go a long way in helping. You may also need to encourage them to talk to a professional as many times these habits can have underlying causes such as emotions that they are not sure how to handle. 

Reference
NA."How to Find Help Treating a Shopaholic".PsychGuides.(Website).(2016)
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