Our expert says:
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
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.
The Harmony Team
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