Mental Health professionals are seeing a tremendous growth in compulsive shopping disorders, where individuals are unable to control their shopping and spending habits, resulting in clinics and self-help groups popping up around the country.
According to the Illinois Institute for Addictive Recovery, “Compulsive shopping and spending is described as a pattern of chronic, repetitive purchasing that becomes difficult to stop and ultimately results in harmful consequences. It is defined as an impulse control disorder and has features similar to other addictive disorders without involving use of an intoxicating drug”.
Beginning on October 15, Oxygen channel viewers will have the opportunity to see what it’s like to be a compulsive shopper when they air the first episode of a new show called, My Shopping Addiction. This docu-series will follow the lives of extreme compulsive shoppers who will receive the help of Clinical Psychologists, Dr. David Tolin, Ph.D., and Ramani Durvasula, Ph.D. To learn more about the show, My Shopping Addiction, visit the Oxygen channel website.
Whether you consider yourself addicted to shopping, a compulsive shopper, compulsive spender or shopaholic, it’s recommended that you seek professional help before it gets out of control.
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