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Shopping Addiction and Consumerism


08 Video

07 Addiction in the World

06 Consequences

05 Sings

04 Causes

03 Normal vs Addiction

02 Definition of Shopping Addiction

01 Affluenza and Consumerism

A disease of overconsumption. An epidemic of stress, overwork, waste and indebtedness causad by dogged pursuit of American Dream.

Consumerism is a social and economic order and ideology that encourages the acquisition of goods and services in ever-great amounts.



  • A behavioral addiction that involves compulsive buying as a way to feel good and avoid negative feelings, such as anxiety and depression.
  • Like other behavioral addictions, shopping addiction can take over as a preoccupation that leads to problems in other areas of your life.

Shopping Addiction

• Purchased items are often not needed or used • Compulsive shopping behavior • Creates financial problems for the individual • Constant overbuying

Shopping Addiction

• Purchased items are needed and used;• No sense of compulsion;• Does not cause financial distress;• Occasional splurges.

Normal Shopping

  • Other Mental Health Conditions
  • Exposure to Advertising

The exact causes of shopping addiction on not entirely clear, but several factors may play a role.

Causes of Shopping Addiction

Signs that a person might have a shopping addiction include: • Always thinking about things, they plan to purchase; • Being unable to stop their compulsive shopping;• Feeling regret or guilt about things they have purchased;• Financial problems or an inability to pay off debts;• Lying about things they have bought or hiding their purchases;• Shopping when they are stressed or sad.

Signs of Shopping Addiction


Items purchased during a compulsive shopping spree are often hoarded unused, and compulsive shoppers begin to plan their next spending spree. Most shop alone, although some shop with others who enjoy it.

Can involve impulsive and compulsive spending, producing a temporary high. People addicted to shopping often feel empty and unsatisfied with their purchases when they get home.

Typically spend more time and money on shopping than they can afford, and many get into financial problems as a result of their overspending.

  • Psychotherapy;
  • Financial counseling;
  • Medications;
  • Self-help groups.

Ways of treatment

Shopping Addiction in the world

80% of purchases end up in the trash

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