A vicious circle. Some people will take their purchases back because hey feel guilty,” says Eng. “That guilt can trigger another shopping spree, so it’s a vicious circle. ” And in these people, debt may not be an issue because they’re consistently returning clothes out of guilt but a problem still exists. Impaired relationships. “It is not uncommon for us to see impairments in relationships from excessive spending or shopping,” says Rick Zero, vice president of addiction and behavioral services at Proctor Hospital at the Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery. Impairment can occur because the person spends time away from home to shop, covers up debt with deception, ND emotionally and physically starts to isolate themselves from others as they become preoccupied with their behavior. ” Clear consequences. “It’s just like any other addiction it has nothing to do with how much a person shops or spends, and everything to do with consequences,” says Zero. “We often get the question around the holidays that because a person spent more money than she intended, does this make her an addict?
The answer is no. However, if there is a pattern or a trend or consequences that occur with excessive shopping then the person may be a problem spender the hallmark is still loss of control. If they are no longer in control of their shopping but their shopping is in control of them, they’ve crossed the line. “From hitting the mall with your girlfriends on a Saturday afternoon, to holiday spending on gifts that go under the tree, shopping could be called one of America’s favorite pastimes.
For most people, it means some new clothes for work or a small trinket for a friend. For others, however, shopping is much more than an enjoyable pastime, and in some cases, it is a real and destructive addiction that can turn into a financial disaster. “Compulsive shopping and spending are defined as inappropriate, excessive, ND out of control,” says Donald Black, MD, professor of psychiatry at the University of Iowa College of Medicine. “Like other addictions, it basically has to do with impulsiveness and lack of control over one’s impulses.
In America, shopping is embedded in our culture; so often, the impulsiveness comes out as excessive shopping. ” Sometimes referred to as “sophism’s,” shopping addiction can wreak havoc on a person’s life, family, and finances. Experts explain to WebMD why shopping can be so addictive, what the warning Signs are, and how to stop the cycle of spending. Reinforced Shopping No one knows what causes addictive behaviors, like shopping, alcoholism, drug abuse, and gambling,” says Ruth Eng, Deed, a professor of applied health science at Indiana University. Some Of the new evidence suggests that some people, maybe 10%-15%, may have a genetic predisposition to an addictive behavior, coupled with an environment in which the particular behavior is triggered, but no one really knows why. ” While the origin of addictions remains uncertain, why addicts continue their destructive behaviors is better understood. “Individuals will get some kind of high from an addictive behavior like shopping,” says Eng.
Meaning that endorphins and dopamine, naturally occurring opiate receptor sites in the brain, get switched on, and the person feels good, and if it feels good they are more likely to do it it’s reinforced. ‘ So what are the telltale signs that shopping has crossed the line and become an addiction? Sophism’s “There are certainly a lot of commonalities among chopsticks and other addicts,” says Eng. “For instance, while alcoholics will hide their bottles, chopsticks will hide their purchases. ‘ What else should a concerned family member or friend look out for when they think shopping has become a problem?