Could you be a compulsive shopper?

If you have a stockpile of never used household items, gadgets and clothing, still in shopping bags or still with original price tags attached, you may have an addiction to shopping.

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.   

You may also be interested in:

7 compulsive shopping traps we fall into  
Buy Nothing Day helps consumers to simplify and keep the clutter out
Inside the Mind of Hoarders

Photo credit: Confessions of a Shopaholic (Touchstone Pictures)
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Jacquie Ross is a professional organizer, a Certified Life and Family Coach and award winning owner of CastAway the Clutter! A busy person's expert, Jacquie works with professionals, seniors, empty nesters and families to develop strategies to reach their goals, identify any road blocks, and find more meaning in their lives. Learn more about Jacquie’s life coaching and parent/youth/family coaching here at the CastAway the Clutter Blog, and for organizing services, visit CastAway the Clutter! Jacquie can also be found on Facebook
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13 Responses to Could you be a compulsive shopper?

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  3. Rebecca Sinclair says:

    I probably could be a compulsive shopper. Thankfully my husband keeps me in check! haha!

  4. Ana Cláudia says:

    I am not, thank god 😛

  5. Rachel says:

    I kind of used to be. I had a friend that loved to shop and I found myself buying tons of things I didn’t need, spending money I really didn’t have. Thankfully I learned my lesson and no longer do that!

  6. If you are like a lot of people you can simply overlook this. The real truth comes with being honest with yourself and your goals. Generally this will lead to a mistaken and unproductive life.

  7. Stephanie Foster says:

    I think I’m a compulsive shopper. I need make changes so I can save more money.

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  9. kyona says:

    Okay, so I was never that bad, but when I was younger I was definitely more frivolous with my money and charged a lot to credit cards. Thankfully this made me realize how important it is to be smart with money and not spend frivolously. I paid my credit cards and now I pay cash when I want to buy something.
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  10. Jo says:

    Let’s put our money to good use. Invest in something that will grow it’s worth in the long run. “Don’t load the bullet inside the gun” as they say.

  11. Richard Hicks says:

    LOL! My wife might fall into this category. Wonder if it is related to compulsive hoarding like the show.

  12. Dorothy Boucher says:

    i am sure we all could be , or maybe even have been and not realized it, As for myself , sure can, i know if i had better income i probably would be LOLL i love to shop but with me being out of work right now shopping has taken a step back and so isn’t alot of other stuff…. Thanks for asking

  13. Jacquie says:

    Thanks Emma! I will check out that blog.