Addiction to Shopping — When Spending Spirals Out of Control

Can a person be addicted to shopping? Many mental health professionals would say, “yes;” comparing compulsive shopping to kleptomania, gambling and extreme internet usage. Sometimes shopping is used to make one feel better, and it usually works, until the crash of guilt and anxiety follow. The withdrawal feelings experienced when a shopaholic tries to quit indicate “addiction” is appropriate. The author suggests zeroing in on what triggers an out-of-control shopping episode, and advises professional help, as well as the assistance of family and friends to overcome this very serious problem, which can lead to broken relationships and financial issues.


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By Carrie Rattle

Carrie Rattle is a Principal at, a website for women focused on mind and money behaviors. She has worked in the financial services industry for 20+ years and hopes to inspire women to better prepare themselves for financial independence. Read More

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