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Live To Shop

A 2000 study by Dr Lorrin Koran, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University in the United States, reported that up to 8 per cent of Amercans or about 23.6 million people suffer from compulsive shopping disorder. Uncontrollable binge shopping displays signs of an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). OCD is defined by repetitive embarrassed or anxious after you shopped and worried about money but continue shopping. Shopaholic buys things not because he requires the items but to feel better, more self-confident or to experience a temporary adrenaline rush similar to a drug addict scoring a fix. Invariably, the high followed by guilt and depression.

Do You Have A Shopping Addiction? You Know You're A Shopaholic When

  • You go shopping very often, usually once a day.
  • You feel a need to shop rather than a desire to shop.
  • You feel easily irritated when you are unable to stop.
  • You do not need and may not use seven out of your purchases.
  • You lie to others about the extent or cost of the purchases.
  • You try to hide your purchases.
  • You argue with your family and friends about your spending habits.
  • You feel exhilarated during a shopping trip and remorse or guilt when it is over.
  • You incur debts because of your shopping
  • Shopping preoccupies you to the point that you neglect other aspects of life including work and family.

If You Feel That The Urge To Shop Is Controlling Your Life And Thinning Your Wallet. These Tips Might Help. 8 Ways To Quit Spending By

  • Leave your credit card or ATM card at home to prevent overspending.
  • Use cash when you shop and limit yourself to just one credit card for emergencies.
  • Go shopping with friends whom you trust and whom you have instructed to stop you from making impulsive buys.
  • Divert your attention. Spend time on other activities such as sports instead of shopping.
  • People tend to buy more from familiar shopping haunts, so if you must shop, go to unfamiliar shopping areas instead.
  • Write a shopping list and a budget before you se out, and stick to them.
  • Avoid discount warehouses and window shop after closing hours.
  • Acknowledge you need professional help and sign up for addiction management programmes.

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