Winter comes. Depression attacks. So we try to find something that would swallow us up with the head. But sometimes we are not able to notice how deep it can swallow us up. Appears a thought, why not to go shopping? You enter a shop, a world of beautiful, modern things, and there you go! You want this and that. You think that this blouse would suit you great. Oh! And look at this purse! It's just exactly what you were trying to find for your new pair of shoes. Some people keep this feeling under control, but others lose their heads and buy far more than they really need or want. Such antidepressant costs a pretty penny. This phenomenon is called compulsive shopping. Sometimes we may take shopping addicts for financially irresponsible people. But we can be mistaken.
Compulsive shopping may represent a threat to a person not only from a financial part, but it can also ruin a person emotionally or mentally.
Mostly, this addiction affects women, and the percentage is growing every year. An average age of addicted people is between their twenties and thirties. Mostly, this problem strikes countries with stable economics.
But, who said that women are the only victims? Men are also addicted to compulsive spending. Only the word for them is a little bit different. While women are shopping addicts, men are called collectors.
So what do women really want? The answer is rather easy. They want jewelry, clothes, make up, shoes, perfume, and so on.
What about men? Probably it is obvious, too. They want computers, cars, electronics, clothing, etc.
Nothing extraordinary. Till they don't buy five skirts at a time, all the same, or ten kinds of lipstick, a box of CDs, and thousands of useless things that all have a purpose while shopping. But once you come home and start unpacking, you start getting disappointed. So let's think, does compulsive shopping help you or stress you more?
Some compulsive shopping addicts have more refined tastes like buying garden figures, camping equipment (usually such kind of products affects men), Beanie Babies, etc.
So what are the spending signs? Here are some of them:
1. Every time you feel depression you go shopping and spend a lot of money on useless things.
2. All the things that you bought were never opened, used, or worn.
3. You start lying to your husband or family members about the amount of money you have spent.
4. You start to have problems with co-workers and relatives for this reason.
5. You feel lost without money.
6. Having a lack of money, you can borrow it from someone or even steal to get it.
The most important thing for a person is to understand that compulsive spending of money, or other ways of running away from reality, do not solve your problems. Much more useful would be to analyze yourself, your problem, and to find a way out. Some people are afraid of consulting a specialist. But there is nothing to be scared of. Several visits to competent people will only make you feel better.