Most of us will agree that we love to shop. Most of us will also, agree that we love to buy when we shop. But how many of us are shopaholics?
Did you know that according to Bankrate.com women are more likely to become a shopaholic or a compulsive buyer? The site also suggests that this is a little studied addiction that can consume one’s life and can be as destructive as an addiction to drugs.
What is a shopaholic? A shopaholic basically is one who cannot fight the urge to spend. It doesn’t matter how much they may have, how much they can or cannot afford to spend, they just can’t stop themselves from spending.
What are the signs of a shopaholic?
Over flowing closets that are filled with clothes never worn. These clothes may even have their price tags still attached.
A person who keeps spending, even though the don’t have the money (with credit and credit cards).
A person who would rather go shopping than spending time with their family
A person who will internet shop excessively while at work
The person will buy a quantity of items instead of one. An example of this would be buying 10 copies of a CD. A so called normal shopper would buy one.
Of course, the main problem with being a shopaholic is that the money will soon run out and the bills will begin piling up. This can cause serious problems in relationships and marriages.
To a shopaholic, shopping will become a compulsion. They also will find solace in the act of shopping. If they do not feel well, they will shop. If they have a fight with boyfriend, they will shop. Yet, on the same note, they will shop when something good happens as a way to celebrate.
Both men and women can be shopaholics. Yet, it is estimated that on average only 1 out of ten shopaholics are male.
You don’t have to be rich to be a shopaholic. You can have moderate means or even are considered poor and be a shopaholic. This addiction isn’t just class defined.
Most shopaholics will buy most anything that appeals to them: clothes, electronics, furniture, etc. Yet, there are the rare shopaholics that are only have the compulsion to buy certain things such as clocks, teddy bears, a certain type of figurine, etc.
What causes a person to become a shopaholic?
A person may become a shopaholic because he or she is lonely.
A person may become a shopaholic to forget sad or tragic events in their lives.
A person may become a shopaholic because shopping makes them feel happy or they get a rush like feel when shopping.
A person may shop because he/she is depressed.
There are a number of reasons as to why a person may become a shopaholic.
How can one treat the compulsion to shop?
A person first must admit they have a problem.
Secondly, therapy is definitely needed to address why they shop in the first place.
Sometimes medications help. Medications such as Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil. Yet, there is a mixed opinion as to whether these really help.
Remember a person who becomes a shopaholic is a person who is suffering from an addiction problem. As with any addiction, treatment begins by defining the condition.