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Posted by: Bev | 2011/08/23

Shopping Addiction

Can one become addicted to shopping in such a way that you take large amounts of other people''s money to do shopping? Does it go hand in hand with other ilnesses like bipolar or eating disorders.

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Hey Bev and thank you for your post.

We all shop for many reasons but the addicted person buys to relieve anxiety and over time the buying creates a dysfunctional lifestyle (such as stealing)and more and more of their focus is on shopping and sometimes the cover-up too.

What causes it?

Emotional deprivation in childhood
Inability to tolerate negative feelings
Need to fill an inner void
Excitement seeking
Approval seeking
Perfectionism
Genuinely impulsive and compulsive
Need to gain control

It is not uncommon to have co-occurring disorders such as addiction and a personality or mood disorder, such as Bipolar. We suggest seeing a Psychiatrist that specialises in both addiction and mood disorders. If you would like to call the clinic on 021 790 7779 we can point you in the right direction.

Please let us know if we can be of any further assistance.
Warm regards
The Harmony Team

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Posted by: Addictions expert | 2011/08/23

Hey Bev and thank you for your post.

We all shop for many reasons but the addicted person buys to relieve anxiety and over time the buying creates a dysfunctional lifestyle (such as stealing)and more and more of their focus is on shopping and sometimes the cover-up too.

What causes it?

Emotional deprivation in childhood
Inability to tolerate negative feelings
Need to fill an inner void
Excitement seeking
Approval seeking
Perfectionism
Genuinely impulsive and compulsive
Need to gain control

It is not uncommon to have co-occurring disorders such as addiction and a personality or mood disorder, such as Bipolar. We suggest seeing a Psychiatrist that specialises in both addiction and mood disorders. If you would like to call the clinic on 021 790 7779 we can point you in the right direction.

Please let us know if we can be of any further assistance.
Warm regards
The Harmony Team

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