Studies have shown that 10-15% of the population is predisposed to shopping addiction, which is caused by the happiness hormones released during the shopping rush. There is no known medication for shopping addictions, but in many cases they are related to anxiety or depression, therefore anti-anxiety treatment or therapy may work.
Shopping is fun and exciting for most people. But there is really a fine line between a shopping lover and shopping addict. Watch out for these signs and seek help if shopping becomes an obsession.
1. You buy same things over and over again.
Try reviewing all your recent purchases and count similar items, usually things like shoes, handbags or makeup. If you find too many of a kind and a lot more than you need, there is something to think about.
2. You are naturally impulsive.
Impulsive people are more likely to become victims of addiction. Next time you are reaching for the credit card, take a deep breath and count till thousand.
3. Shopping helps you relieve stress.
Retail therapy is a real thing. If you are used to go shopping every time you are stressed or angry, it may become a vicious cycle. Try to look for other options like working out or meditation.
4. You have addictive personality.
Addictions tend to replace one another. If you have a history of fighting alcohol, drug, gambling or any other addiction, you are more likely to become a shopaholic.
5. You feel down or depressed after shopping.
If buying things gives you a certain feeling of high, but after a while it changes to something negative, you may be experiencing withdrawal symptoms. It is a huge indicator of shopping addiction.
6. You keep your shopping secret.
If you feel embarrassed by the amount of shopping you do, and try to hide it from your family and friends to avoid any judgement, it might be the time to get your habit under control.
7. You are in debt.
If shopping indulgencies have caused money problems, it’s a big sign of addiction. Please evaluate your latest purchases carefully, and look for professional help.
8. You are caught between buying and returning.
If you are constantly unsure or unsatisfied with your purchases, or feeling guilty after a shopping spree, you may be a so-called shopping bulimic – one of the shopaholic types.
If you or your loved one experience any of the above symptoms, it is time to look for help. Otherwise, enjoy the next sale! In moderation.