I just can't control my shopping habits, and as each week goes by I find I am buying more and more things we don't really need or can't afford. When I get home I hide things and feel guilty for a while (and even sometimes quite sick with fear, but funnily enough not more depressed) about what I might do, but it doesn't stop me going out again the next day. How can I stop spending money?
A) This isn't just a pleasant habit run wild - you are describing a well-recognised response to depression. A considerable number of people, often but not always women, become shop-aholics as a way of coping with their low moods. The condition was first recognised over a century ago and is known as oniomania. In fact the American Psychological Association have estimated that in the US alone there are now as many as 15 million compulsive shoppers.
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I do enjoy going to town and looking around but not actually buying?
would you agree that shopping is helpful? is it a lady thing?