Diagnose a Shopping Disorder

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Most people splurge on things they don’t need from time to time, but others take it too far. Frequently shopping for items that you don’t need or spending too much money when shopping are signs of a more serious problem.

For compulsive shoppers shopping binges produce a high, much like that felt by any other addict. This is followed by a sense of guilt when they realized that they have overspend. This compulsive shopping may result in server debt, depression and the destruction of relationships.

Some signs of shopping disorders are:

  • Making purchases you do not have the money for at the moment.
  • Shopping to enhance your mood when you are upset, lonely, tired, or bored.
  • Buying many items that go unused or are never worn.
  • Lying to others about how often you go shopping or how much money you have spend
  • Extreme feelings of please or anxiety when making a purchase.
  • Writing checks when you know you do not have money in your account to cover the purchase.
  • Thinking about spending money when you are not shopping.

To help alleviate compulsive shopping the problem first needs to be identified. Some tips to curve the addiction are to:

  • Pay for items with cash.
  • Make a shopping list, and restrict yourself to only them items on the list
  • Destroy all credit cards . If you must keep one for emergency purposes, give it to a trusted friend to hold.
  • Avoid online, catalog, or T.V. Shopping.
  • Take a walk or exercise when the urge to shop comes on.

If you believe you, or someone you know has a problem that cannot be corrected through self help programs contact your local Debtors Anonymous to find a local support group at http://www.debtorsanonymous.org/ or call 781-453-2743

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