Posted on May 06, 2006 | Comments 0
Some people have addictions to shopping. Some people think that addictions revolve around drugs and/or alcohol; however, addictions extend to shopping, gambling, drugs, alcohol, sex, etc.
Shopping addictions often come from people with compulsive disorders. The persons mind is often in a neurotic state when the urge to shop develops. The person feeling depressed might endure withdrawal symptoms and at the state the person may run off to the shopping malls to binge.
Time for Shopping Addicts
Shopping addicts will shop when they feel blue, and will often spend more than they financial situation allows. Shopping addicts are similar to alcoholics or drug addicts, i.e. they will hide items purchased out of fear, or else never use the items purchased. While alcoholics and drug addicts will use their purchases, the similarities of hiding their habits are never contrasting.
Shopping addicts like alcoholics/drug addicts will often feel ashamed or guilty, yet they will deny to someoneâ€™s face that a problem exists. (This is not always true with alcoholics, since many will tell you they have a problem, but finds it difficult to accept)
Alcoholics and Drug Addicts
Shopping addicts will often feel they their life is leading down a dead-end road, and could improve, only if they were able to get rid of their addictions. Like alcoholics and drug addicts, shopping addicts will often consider changing their life; yet often find it difficult to make the changes.
If you find self-going on frequent shopping binges, spending money you donâ€™t have, including spending at stores, on the Internet, or through catalogues, you may have a shopping addiction. If every time you earn money and it causes impulsiveness and you must rush out to buy something to relieve the rush of adrenaline that flows throughout your body, creating impulses, you likely have a shopping problem.
Disorders of Shopping Addicts
Shopping addicts will often shop, simply because they feel it makes them feel of more worth. The addicts will feel the need buy something, whether they need it or not. Usually, it is for the reason tied to depression, anxiety, or buy to fill the need to fit in, and be noticed. Addicts of shopping often have impulsive disorders and compulsive disorders. Sometimes addicts have OCD-Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, which enforces their addiction.
Impulses, compulsions or obsessive disorders will push the person to act out of ordinance, or act out spontaneously. The person rarely has forethought, yet will experience strong guilt feelings after behaving out of impulse.
Some people will shop merely to escape responsibilities. Often others that expect something from them places stress on the person, which drives them to shop.
Shop-a-holic (s) often experience cravings to shop when feelings of anxiety occur, disappointment, depression, loneliness, or angry emotions spark. We can review this information to help you better understand what drives these people to shop.
Emotions include joy, anger, happy, and sadness. Sadness and anger can lead to depression, anxiety, disappointment, and loneliness. At this point, a light bulb comes on, since that a person allowing the emotions to lead them to this level of hurt that the person is not in touch with their emotions, nor do they have an understanding of what the emotions function includes.
Feelings Of Shopping Addicts
Shopping addicts will also feel a sense of high during their binge of shopping. This is what we must deal with, since the feeling often drives the craving, which in turn drives the person to shop. Like any addict, shop-a-holic (s) often feel edgy, aggravated, or often will feel irritated when no money is available to support their shopping problems.
Some people may think that shopping addictions is some new made-up mental health notion to enable mental health experts to increase their income by dragging in more clients. This is far from the truth. The fact is that some people do have shopping addictions, however shopping is not the problem, rather underlying mental illnesses and/or imbalances are existing that drives them shopping.
If you know someone that is constantly shopping even if money is not available, you might want to ask the person to seek help.
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