SHOPPING ADDICTION: Compulsive shopping disorder
Shopping addiction, also known as compulsive shopping addiction, is a derivative of behavioral addictions that develop while carrying out an activity.
According to Dr. Fàbregas, an addiction specialist, compulsive shopping disorder can distort the reality of need and whim during decision-making regarding a purchase, and this can generate health problems in the short and medium term, as well as problems of social ambit.
A shopaholic has trouble controlling himself in front of a physical or online store, and the deprivation of shopping leads the patient to suffer from anxiety, stress and even aggression, among others. The new reality of addictions is increasingly present.
SHOPPING ADDICT OR COMPULSIVE SHOPPER
A person addicted to shopping usually generates a psychological disorder to transform a playful activity or basic need to a strict need in itself.
Buying to buy, when there is no identified need, or when it is prioritized over other types of force majeure activities, is a clear case of shopping addiction.
On many occasions, shopaholics try to fill a gap through compulsive shopping.
At CITA Clinics we perform compulsive shopping addiction treatments through individualized psychology therapy where the patient will receive, from the best doctors, the necessary care to stop being addicted to shopping.
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COMPULSIVE SHOPPING SYNDROME WHAT IS IT?
Compulsive shopping syndrome, also called Oniomania, Shopaholic or Shoppingmania, is a behavior alteration, similar to addiction.
We speak of compulsive buying when a person is unable to control the impulse that leads him to buy. This acquisition may be linked to a specific product or service.
The most common example may be the tendency to acquire all kinds of shoes or bags, even though it may be associated with the fact of buying to buy, regardless of the product.
The people most exposed to being addicted to shopping are vulnerable or young people, who are in a training stage or with a certain economic stability, although there is no exact identification pattern.
Social acceptance and possible social group identification may be behind the initiation of this type of shopping disorder.
Especially, as in the vast majority of cases, women are identified as the main case of a possible compulsive shopper, where mainly a young age is mixed with a greater economic possibility.
FASHION ADDICT COMPULSIVE SHOPPER
A person addicted to fashion tends to have several points in common with a shopaholic. Normally, the fashion addiction tends to lead to high cats in several articles that have, for them, an expiration date.
Being up-to-date and with more recognized and socially recognized articles is essential for people who suffer from this pathology, even more if this comforts them beyond thinking about how much money it means.
Sometimes they lose track of money and end up bankrupt. That is when the debts and loans begin to cover this addiction.
SYMPTOMS OF SHOPPING ADDICTION
- Satisfaction after buying
- Lack of social skills (introversion, extraversion or shyness)
- Unconsciousness and a sense of guilt
- They distort what they have from what they need
- Feeling of emptiness if they don’t buy
- Bipolarity in the social and private environment
- Depressive and anxious states if they do not buy
- Constant frustration
- Money or product behavior disorders
TREATMENT OF SHOPPING ADDICTION
A shopaholic can only find satisfaction in consumption. This addiction brings serious economic and psychological consequences. A treatment to modify behaviors through psychology and reeducation can have a high level of effectiveness in patients with this type of addiction.
Take these tips into account and do not fall into the trap of compulsive consumption with offers, discounts and promotions on items that you do not need.
1. ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE A PROBLEM
If shopping has become a common behavior in your life, you have a problem. If you feel an irresistible desire to buy whatever comes your way and then feelings of anguish and guilt come over you, acknowledge that you have a shopping addiction. Recognizing it is the first big step on the road to solving this addiction.
2. LEARN TO DIFFERENTIATE WHAT IS NECESSARY FROM WHAT IS ACCESSORY
Those who suffer from this addiction, delude themselves believing that they really need this or that object. However, if you manage to ask yourself before making the purchase: do I really need this? When will I use it? Do I have other similar objects? You will go on the path of showing your addiction that you do not need everything you see .
3. LEARN TO DISTINGUISH YOUR MOMENTS OF VULNERABILITY
The place that compulsive shopping wants to occupy is always empty. Get up to speed with yourself and learn to distinguish when this compulsive feeling to buy invades you, try to get to the bottom of the matter and figure out what you can change about it.
4. REDUCE THE CHANCES OF TEMPTING YOU
There are multiple strategies that you can adopt to protect yourself from the temptations that the market puts on you at every step. Bring just enough money for what you should buy, try to buy accompanied, avoid sales and sales; do not use the credit card, among others.
5. LIST THE NEEDS
When you decide to buy, be clear about what you really need, to avoid unnecessary expenses. Before you go out, make a thorough and objective list.
6. ACCOUNTS AND EXPENSES PER DAY
If you have not done so yet, keep a monthly return with: your fixed expenses, your income, your ability to save and the money you have to buy extra things. Surely this control will help you to be much more realistic when buying and will prevent you from going into debt.
7. SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP
If you are not able to control a form of behavior. If the deprivation of being able to make purchases leads you to a level of anxiety that you are not able to control, you should consider seeking professional help.
YOUR CENTER TO TREAT COMPULSIVE SHOPPING
At Cita Centers, we have a team of qualified professionals whose method of treating shopping addiction stands out as one of the best. Based on its great success rate, if you want to leave compulsive shopping behind and overcome your addiction, we can help you.