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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

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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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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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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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. ...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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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 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. ...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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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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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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I went to see my aunt today so wonderin what alcohol/drugs cause squirmin n lot more gigglin to she has history of alcohol n dtug addiction please hel?

I went to see my aunt today so wonderin what alcohol/drugs cause squirmin n lot more gigglin to she has history of alcohol n dtug addiction please hel?

Could be anything: Getting "high" usually includes a sense of euphoria and decreased inhibition. The symptoms you describe could be from abuse of almost anything or even represent an underlying medical or psychological condition. Have you talked to her about getting help? Also, not to be judgemental, but i hope you are not on all 3 of the medications on your profile at the same time. Opiates can be addictive. ...Read more

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Can I cure my addiction?

Can I cure my addiction?

Yes: Yes you can - need a support system to deal with stress management and coping - being clean is only half the battle developing healthy stress management will be the key of being drug free. ...Read more

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How can I stop addiction?

How can I stop addiction?

Recovery program: For any addiction, you need help from your physician, often also an addiction medicine doctor, and a support group that works with the substance or behavior you're using addictively. If the addiction medicine doctor is not a psychiatrist, you also need a psychiatric evaluation so that any conditions complicating your recovery can be treated. Bottom line: don't do it alone, and you don't have to! ...Read more

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What are some healthy addictions?

None: Any addiction is by definition unhealthy, you want to know about health habits- eat right, excercise and be happy. ...Read more

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How to stop my cheating addiction?

How to stop my cheating addiction?

Replace the behavior: Some addictions may be addressed by either treatment with therapy or an attempt to stop the unwanted behavior on your own. Cheating addiction would fall into this group. To use the phone less, you may try substituting the behavior with another rewarding but more useful behavior such as exercise. There may also be problems with the primary relationship that should be addressed in couples therapy. ...Read more

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What can cause addiction to a song?

What can cause addiction to a song?

Habit: You may become so used to a particular song that it becomes sort of hard wired into the brain.In other words - it can become a habit. ...Read more

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How can you stop my chip addiction?

How can you stop my chip addiction?

Few people treat: Few people treat chip addictions. The side effects are less problematic than alcohol or other drugs which is why they have been neglected. However, they can have health consequences like hbp from salt intake, stress and diabetes. Contact someone who specializes in addictions and work out a program to help you stop. ...Read more

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What are common pros about addiction?

What are common pros about addiction?

NO: I can not think of one pro. Addiction robs you of your money, family, job and future. ...Read more