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Compulsive Shopping Addiction
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My parents told me they think I have a shopping addiction. Is this is a real thing or just a lame excuse?
Is there a higher incidence of shopping addiction in people who are learning disabled with impulse control issues?
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
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?
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