Have you ever asked yourself, “Am I a shopaholic?’

                  This compulsive disorder has continued to grow throughout the years and tends to affect more people than you would believe.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s okay to give in to the occasional impulse buy. I mean, we all enjoy shopping. However, the true problem occurs when you or someone you know becomes obsessive when it comes to shopping.

The irresistible desire to shop is known as compulsive buying disorder. According to a research by World Psychiatry, 5.8 percent of Americans are afflicted with the disorder, with women comprising 80 percent of the total number of affected individuals. Commonly known as shopaholics, these people are overly focused on buying and suffer from disruptive anxiety that can only be relieved by shopping.

              As the world of online shopping becomes more acceptable, we tend to splurge more without ever physically being in a store. According to, e-commerce is meant to profit over $279 billion dollars this year alone.

Shopaholics experience a “high”, not from owning something, but from the act of buying. Experts say dopamine, a brain chemical associated with pleasure, is often released in waves as shoppers see a desirable item and consider buying it. This burst of excitement can become addictive.

Recently the Huffington Post released an article asking questions to help identify if you are a shopaholic.

1.You have many unopened or tagged items in your closet

2.You often purchase things you don’t need or didn’t plan to buy

3.An argument or frustration sparks an urge to shop

4.You experience a rush of excitement when you buy

5.Purchases are followed by feelings of remorse

6.You try to conceal your shopping habits

7.You feel anxious on the days you don’t shop

If you find yourself saying yes to a majority to these questions then don’t hesitate to ask for help. You can start with searching self-help books, or like me, ask a friend to help keep you in check. And if you still find yourself shopping then consider therapy as an alternative, there is no shame in asking for help. We all have a struggle.

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