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What Is Shopping Addiction? It’s A Serious Condition That Needs Way More Attention – Bustle

When healthcare group The Priory added shopping addiction to its list of treatable conditions, peopl.......

When healthcare group The Priory added shopping addiction to its list of treatable conditions, people paid attention. But compulsive buying disorder, or oniomania as it is sometimes known, has been a real thing for quite some time. And it affects more people in the UK than you think. So what is shopping addiction, how do you recognise the symptoms, and, more importantly, how can you treat it?

A 2015 review found around one in 20 people living in developed countries may exhibit compulsive buying behaviour. According to Pamela Roberts, addiction programme manager at the Priory Hospital in Woking, it is “believed to affect 8 to 16 percent of the UK population.”

Often trivialised, the condition “can be devastating and its wider negative impacts can be shocking,” says Roberts. Feeling the need to shop over and over again can quickly spiral into debt and cause relationship and family issues. Further disruption can come from the sheer amount of time and effort spent shopping (online and IRL) and returning items.

Carrie Rattle, money coach and founder of Behavioural Cents, notes that compulsive shopping is different from impulsive shopping. “Impulsive shopping is sparked by external triggers such as sales, beautiful merchandising, fear of missing out,” she tells me. “Compulsive shopping is sparked from within oneself.”

Rattle explains that compulsive shoppers will feel a “high” when shopping followed by a quick emotional crash that fuels them to buy all over again. But, as consumer psychologist Dr. Cathrine Jansson-Boyd writes in The …….

Source: https://www.bustle.com/p/what-is-shopping-addiction-its-a-serious-condition-that-needs-way-more-attention-18813182