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Compulsive Spending



Compulsive spending (used interchangeably with shopping addiction, compulsive buying, shopaholism, and oniomania) is not an official diagnosis, but it is a commonly identified behavior that expresses itself by the investment of excessive amounts of time and resources in shopping, buying, and acquiring. When we seem to feel driven to shop regardless of our material needs—whether bargain-hunting or snapping up designer brands—we are diverting our attention from other needs and desires. Whether or not our behavior becomes life-disrupting (such as accumulating debt or causing friction in a marriage), it calls us to attend to our underlying unmet needs.

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What Does It Really Mean to Be Addicted to Shopping? | Your Brain on Shopping | Racked

In this week's episode of the Racked series our Brain on Shopping, we answer whether shopping addictions truly exist.

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To Buy or Not to Buy: Why We Overshop and How to Stop

A noted psychologist and expert in the treatment of compulsive buying disorder explains why individuals are unable to stop themselves from frequent shopping binges, the symptoms and consequences of the disorder, and strategies and techniques tor identifying, understanding, coping with, and treating...

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Self-Help Groups for Shopping Addiction

Looking for a self-help group for shopping addiction? Surrounding yourself with a community of people who have shared the same or similar experiences can be extremely helpful.

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FindCenterNot all addictions are rooted in abuse or trauma, but I do believe they can all be traced to painful experience. A hurt is at the centre of all addictive behaviours. It is present in the gambler, the Internet addict, the compulsive shopper and the workaholic.

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Are You Addicted to Shopping? or Is It Someone You Know?

How can you know if you're addicted to shopping? What are the symptoms of being a shopaholic? What are the treatmets for shopping addiction? Psychology explains!

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Spent: Break the Buying Obsession and Discover Your True Worth

In Spent, Sally Palaian offers proven plans for taking on a range of personal issues with money by examining those underlying emotional, familial, and societal factors that trigger spending behaviors.

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Understanding Compulsive Shopping Disorder

Although it's not officially described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), it has been suggested that compulsive shopping disorder, also known as compulsive buying disorder, is either a type of impulse control disorder, a behavioral addiction or possibly even related...

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Are You a Compulsive Buyer?

Compulsive buying disorder (CBD) is classified as an obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorder, more specifically an impulse control disorder. Reports of the prevalence of CBD is estimated at 5.

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10 Signs You’re Addicted to Online Shopping

Both of these concepts—cue-reactivity and cravings—come from the field of behavioral addiction, which includes problems like gambling and cybersex addiction.

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5 Ways to Combat an Online Shopping Addiction

Many of us might joke about our shopping addictions or be quick to call someone a “shopaholic,” but to the truly afflicted, the issue is no laughing matter.

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