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Doctor insights on: Compulsive Shopping Addiction

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What causes rid of a shopping addiction?

What causes rid of a shopping addiction?

Debtors Anonymous: Twelve step programs work for behavioral as well as chemical addictions. Debtors anonymous helps those with this type of addiction.

Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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Advice for shopping addiction? I love getting stuff in the mail, but I'm in major debt ($20,000 credit card debt). Cards maxed out.

Advice for shopping addiction? I love getting stuff in the mail, but I'm in major debt ($20,000 credit card debt). Cards maxed out.

Hypomania and spendi: Risk-taking behaviors during hypomanic states are recognised, however the high-risk nature of some behaviours-including the potential for harm to both the individual and others. (Fletcher et al 2013. Some of these behaviors include in for increased spending of money increase sexual activity increased speeding with associated traffic fines. You may not have a full-blown disease but needs evaluation

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What can cause shopping addiction?

What can cause shopping addiction?

Many reasons: Like all addictions, genetics, life experiences, easy access, having other addictions and illnesses like bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety all can contribute to or "cause" shopping excessively.

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Can shopping be an unhealthy addiction?

Can shopping be an unhealthy addiction?

It could: Shopping for women is a common way to deal with stress. The problem is the excessive spending when people could not spend more money that what they can afford or when they accumulate things and have difficulty to get rid of them. Addiction means the need for more and more and signs of withdrawal when stopping it, ang give priority to the addiction versus responds abilities at work or home.

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I believe I have a shopping addiction what should I do?

I believe I have a shopping addiction what should I do?

Options: The good news about a shopping addiction is that you don't need a medical detox. You can try to just stop and see what happens. Notice the feelings that come up and figure out the emotional state you are shopping around for. If you can't stop there is help. Therapy can help you understand yourself and help you gain some control over the things that you do in your life. Best wishes to you.

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How come bipolar people have shopping and eating addictions?

See below in details: One of symptoms for bipolar affective disorder is elevated goal-directed activities, like increasing activities in shopping, eating, house cleaning, etc.. It is not addictive behaviors. Those behaviors will subside once bipolar affective disorder is treated.

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My parents told me they think I have a shopping addiction. Is this is a real thing or just a lame excuse?

My parents told me they think I have a shopping addiction. Is this is a real thing or just a lame excuse?

Real thing: There are many kinds of addictions. Just like there can be gambling addictions some people cannot control the impulse to shop. Get help before it ruins your life.

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Is there a higher incidence of shopping addiction in people who are learning disabled with impulse control issues?

Probably not: I have never seen any research on this. However, usually "shopping addiction" is a way to reduce anxiety or fear which can stem from various sources.

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My doctor said i was "binding my anxiety" with my shopping addiction. What did she mean by this? What does binding anxiety mean?

My doctor said i was "binding my anxiety" with my shopping addiction. What did she mean by this? What does binding anxiety mean?

Binding anxiety: People have various ways to keep their anxiety at bay -- keeping it bound down, so to speak. We can do this through addictive behaviors or substances, for instance. Ask your doctor for a thorough explanation of her comments to you. She may be seeing something beneath your addictive shopping that's driving not only this, but other problems in your life as well.

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How do you make someone go to therapy if they don't want to go? Like if they have a shopping addiction, social anxiety, or OCD or something?

Motivation: Think about treatment as a process which you can improve motivation for over time. Like any major life undertaking we have to create an environment of readiness and motivation. Get support and never give up.

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What can you do to overcome a compulsive smartphone addiction?

What can you do to overcome a compulsive smartphone addiction?

SmartPhone Addiction: Gallup poll shows half of American smartphone users "can't imagine" life without their device. Here are research-backed tips to kick the habit: 1) recognize UR problem--studies have linked phone dependency to stress, anxiety, poor cognitive performance; 2) set short-term goals & wean 1/2 hour between stealing peeks; 3) give your contacts a heads up; 4) shut it down before bed. Ref: Time,7/27/15

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Could using pornography 3-4 times a week be considered as compulsive or addiction?

Could using pornography 3-4 times a week be considered as compulsive or addiction?

Depends ..: A compulsion is usually a strong, irresistible impulse to perform an act, and an addiction is continued repetitive behavior despite adverse consequences. Unless your are using pornography 3-4X/week for hours on end, at inappropriate times, at the sacrifice of other important duties, or just cannot resist using it, it's not likely the case. Best of luck.

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How can I stop compulsive shopping?

How can I stop  compulsive shopping?

Seek help: The underlying cause - if one can be found- should be uncovered and this can be addressed in treatment. For starters you should destroy all your credit cards immediately , stay off the internet and make an appointment to see a addiction psychiatrist asap. Compulsive shopping is a very expensive disorder !

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Can compulsive shopping be a side effect of mirapex (pramipexole)?

Can compulsive shopping be a side effect of mirapex (pramipexole)?

Yes: Mirapex (pramipexole) is a Dopamine agonist and can cause problems with impulse control. You hear about compulsive gambling and this also represents a problem with impulse control. Please discuss this with your doctor as there are alternatives. Good luck.

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What is the difference between compulsive overeating and a food addiction?

What is the difference between compulsive overeating and a food addiction?

An addiction to: anything, including food, is a mood-altering, compulsive behavior that occurs in response to triggers (internal or external) that are largely out of awareness. The behavior continues beyond the point of dealing with dysphoria and usually then causes harm, but the addict still won't quit. From this description, there is little difference between compulsive overeating and food addictions.

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What are common treatment facilities that treat compulsive behavior addictions such as internet, video games, ect?

What are common treatment facilities that treat compulsive behavior addictions such as internet, video games, ect?

Yes: There are many out there. This is one that i know of: http://morningsiderecovery.Com/addiction-treatment/video-games/gaming-addiction-treatment.Php.

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Can therapy help with compulsive behavior? I cant stop cheating due to my sex addiction.Its got to the point where its everyday with multiple partners

Can therapy help with compulsive behavior? I cant stop cheating due to my sex addiction.Its got to the point where its everyday with multiple partners

Therapy can help: with sex addiction. It is important to find an experienced and qualified therapist. These treatments are based on cognitive behavioral therapy approaches and target compulsive thoughts and underlying disorders like depression and anxiety. There are also support groups and medication options. Consider touching base with a local primary care provider to explore options. I also attached an article.

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I masturbate compulsively to porn. I know masturbation is healthy, but being addicted to porn is not! How can I overcome porn addiction? Thank You

Will & diversion ...: Congratulate for taking the first step to realize what you should do. Clinically, you have fallen victim to overindulgence & obsession in compulsively seeking sexual pleasure. To successfully overcome such, you need to make willful effort of mental diversion by not just exercising outside-in but also pushing inside-out approach. Detail? To http://formefirst.com/eNewsletter05.html & ...in the site.

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Is binge drinking considered a compulsive or impulsive trait? I don't have an addiction as I can go without but often overindulge when I do drink.

Is binge drinking considered a compulsive or impulsive trait? I don't have an addiction as I can go without but often overindulge when I do drink.

Semantics: "Impulsive" and "Compulsive" are terms about which even experts cannot agree. Most definitions of "impulsive" entail a failure to inhibit behavior when advantageous to do so. So yours sounds more of an impulse control issue. "Addiction" is also ambiguously defined. But, I would define repeated overindulgence as a "decidedly problematic" relationship with alcohol and urge you to seek counsel.

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I suffer from binge eating , compulsive hunger and anxiety . I became obese in 15 months . How to lose weight if my hunger is like an addiction ?

I suffer from binge eating , compulsive hunger and anxiety .
I became obese in 15 months .
How to lose weight if my hunger is like an addiction ?

Good habits.: Make a food diary of everything you eat for 2 weeks along with your anxiety level 1-5 and hunger. Drop 300-500 calories per day for one pound a week weight loss. Begin an exercise program 30 minutes of aerobic exercise 5-7 days a week with weight trainging 2-3 times per week. It isn't easy to eat while exercising. Also, reward yourself with a new outfit, an outing with friends, movie if doing well