Mental Issues behind Compulsive Shopping

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This may sound strange to you, but those who engage in compulsive buying are most probably having mental issues! Compulsive buying or compulsive behavior generally refers to the repetition of a particular behavior despite the adverse consequence that such can bring.  If you are among those involved in compulsive buying, the earlier you sought professional help the better.  Holistic retreats promote mental health and can help you to overcome this compulsive behavior.

Obsession is at the foundation of compulsive behaviors.  Those having the mental issues can end up with a Compulsive Buying Disorder (CBD).  This behavior is characterized by a poor impulse control or excessive preoccupation with shopping. Such behaviors can lead to adverse consequences like financial problems and marital conflicts.

Studies show that Compulsive Buying Disorder occurs in about 6% of the American population.  The study equally revealed that women make up about 80% of compulsive buyers.  Why is it more rampant among women? It may be because many of them have been socialized to enjoy shopping with their mothers from a very young age.  Be that as it may, digital commerce evolution can increase the rate in men also since the internet makes it easy and fast to get anything you want to buy at the tap of a finger on a Smartphone.

 There is a close relationship between Compulsive Buying Disorder and several behavioral addictions, like gambling and binge eating.  Certain mental illnesses, like eating disorders, anxiety and depression can lead to compulsive spending.  This addiction usually comes up when people are in their 30s, especially when they achieve financial independence.  

Despite the link between CBD and mental issues, it is not counted among addictions. Be that as it may, the disorder has certain similarities to addictive disorders.

Characteristics of a compulsive buyer

  • He buys things on impulse even though he can do without them.
  • He experiences a buyer high; that is, he is extremely enthusiastic and euphoric any time he sees a desirable item on sale.
  • He takes to shopping to dampen an unpleasant emotion, like low self-esteem, lack of control or loneliness.
  • He feels remorseful and guilty after his impulsive purchase. But alas, it is too late to undo what has been done.


It is difficult to fish oneself out of the quagmire of impulsive or compulsive buying. However, you can get in touch with professionals at Luxury rehabs for mental health improvement. They can teach you strategies that can help you control your emotions and show you the way out of the problem.