Omniomania, or compulsive shopping is perhaps the most socially acceptable and an apparently serene behavior but can still be blustery and can secretly impair one’s personal and family life.
Social acceptance happens because, for all we know the shopper might be shopping for a wedding, festival or any other special occasion; it’s only the shopper or her nearest friends and family members know that this is a behavioral anomaly and requires attention.
We are surrounded by piquant advertising, telling us that buying will make us happy. We are prodded by politicians to spend as a way of giving economy a fillip. And we all long for what those around us have – consumerism has become the motif of our social life.
Although widespread consumerism has escalated in recent years, the shopping addiction is not a new malaise. It was recognized as far back as the early nineteenth century, and was cited as a psychiatric disorder in the early twentieth century.
Almost everyone shops to some degree, but only about 6% of the general population is thought to have a shopping addiction. Incipient in the late teens and early adulthood, shopping addiction often co-occurs with other disorders, including mood and anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, eating disorders, other impulse control disorders, and personality disorders.
So what makes the difference between normal shopping, occasional splurges, and shopaholism ? As with all addictions, shopping becomes the person’s main way of grappling with stress, to the point where she continues to shop excessively even when it is vitiating many areas of her life. Even as finances and relationships are damaged, the shopping addict feels unable to stop her binges.
Like other behavioral addictions, shopping addiction is a disputatious idea. Many experts find the idea that excessive spending can be an addiction, rather incredulous. They believe that addiction has to be to a chemical substance which produces “ feel good “ symptoms such as a mood change and personality transformation. Likewise, a with-drawl of the substance from the addict’s system would lead to reduction of these enzymes and the upshot would be a depression and anxiety in him.
There are several characteristics that shopping addiction shares with other addictions. As with other addictions, shopping addicts become preoccupied with , and devote significant time and riches to the activity. Actual spending is important to
the process of shopping addiction; window shopping does not constitute an addiction, just like an alcoholic will not get inebriated just by looking at wine bottles. But he will certainly crave a drink.
Growing number of online shopping sites add another reason for excessive shopping. They influence them to shop more and more as it is easy sitting at home, economical, accessible from anywhere and incurs less expenses as well. Online shopping sites provide them an insight into a world where everything is just one click away and available under one roof.
As with other addictions, shopaholism is highly ritualized and follows a typical pattern of thoughts about shopping, planning shopping trips, and the shopping act itself, often described as pleasurable even, ecstatic. It elevates the mood of the shopper and provides relief from negative feelings. However ,often after reaching home the shopper crashes with feelings of disappointment, particularly with the herself, and bemoans the damage to her bank balance. Other symptoms that occur are almost parallel to any addict. She will wallow in compunction, may have to face the wrath of her spouse, and would definitely make promises never to relapse.
The profligate shopper uses shopping as a way of escaping negative feelings, such as depression, anxiety, boredom, self-critical thoughts, and anger. Unfortunately, the escape is momentary. The purchases are often simply hoarded, unused, and compulsive shoppers will then begin to plan the next spending spree. Most shop alone, although some shop with others who enjoy it. Generally, it will lead to embarrassment to shop with people who don’t share this type of enthusiasm for shopping. Which is a waste of time money and energy.
Research indicates that around three-quarters of compulsive shoppers are willing to admit their shopping is problematic, particularly in areas of finances and relationships. Of course, this may reflect the zeal of those who participate in research to admit to having problems. Fortunately, although not yet well-researched, compulsive shopping does appear to respond well to a range of treatments, including medication, self help books, self help groups, financial counseling, etc. It should be noted, however, that although some medication shows promise, results are mixed. Hence it should not be considered a sole or reliable treatment. Like coming out from other addictions, shopaholics too go through a cycle of recovery and recidivism and perseverance is required for curbing this disorder on a long term basis.
If you believe you are a prodigal shopper, discuss possible treatments with your doctor. You may also find it helpful to get financial counseling, particularly if you have run up debts by spending. It is recommended that you abstain from use of checkbooks and credit cards, as the easy access to funding tends to fuel the addiction.
Shopping only with friends or relatives who do not compulsively spend is also a good idea, as they can help you to curb your spending. Finding alternative ways of enjoying your leisure time is essential to breaking the cycle of using shopping as way of trying to feel better about yourself. Engaging in activities like cooking, reading, outing eq. going for a movie or picnic may some movement prove helpful. Remember, you are a worthwhile person, no matter how much or how little you buy.
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Synonyms : peculiar, odd
Contextual Meaning(s) : verb; to choose not to something, refrain from something
Synonyms : desist, refrain
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Synonyms : rafter, resist, jib
Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; unrestrained acts (later often regretted)
Synonyms : indulgences
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Synonyms : quoted
Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)
Synonyms : remorse, self-reproach
Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; an attitude that values the acquisition of material goods
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Synonyms : materialistic attitude
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Synonyms : enraptured, rapturous, rapt
Contextual Meaning(s) : Verb; raises up
Synonyms : raise
Contextual Meaning(s) : Verb; increased, grown higher
Synonyms : increment
Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; anything that tends to arouse or boost
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Synonyms : accumulated
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Synonyms : vitiates
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Synonyms : inchoate
Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; not disposed or willing to believe
Synonyms : skeptical
Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; stupefied or excited by a chemical substance (especially alcohol)
Synonyms : intoxicated, drunk
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Synonyms : doubtful, skeptical, dubious
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Synonyms : retrogression
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Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; Shopping or spending money as a result of feeling disappointed, angry or scared
Synonyms : Compulsive buying disorder, omniomania, shopping addiction
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