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Doctor insights on: Compulsive Shopping Addiction

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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a condition in which a person has a strong, persistent physical and psychological need for a habit-forming substance (such as alcohol, cigarettes, or cocaine) or an activity (such as gambling). The person usually suffers physical or psychological withdrawal symptoms if he is unable to continue getting what ...Read more


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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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 ...Read more

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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?

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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