Commonly known as compulsive shopping, CBD or shopping addiction, Omniomania is a term used to describe a very difficult state of mind, which many researchers characterize as mental illness.

When you get carried away... Copyright © Leila Murseljevic
When you get carried away…
Copyright © Leila Murseljevic

How many times did you find it difficult to save money? Do you occasionally treat yourself with something nice and luxurious just to cheer up a bit? How many times did you get something that ends up on the bottom of your wardrobe still wrapped and never used?

Compulsive buying disorder (CBD) is characterized by excessive shopping cognitions and behavior that leads to distress or impairment. Found worldwide, the disorder has a lifetime prevalence of 5.8% in the US general population. Most subjects studied clinically are women (80%), though this gender difference may be artifactual. (Donald W Black)

Researchers have offered various definitions of compulsive buying: “chronic repetitive purchasing” (O’Guinn and Faber, 1989); “impulsive and/or compulsive buying of unneeded objects” (Ninan et al. 2000); and excessive or poorly controlled preoccupations, urges or behaviors regarding spending” (Black, 2011).

Approximately 2 to 5 percent of Americans have a shopping addiction. For many, the consequences are devastating: More than 1 in 20 Americans have a shopping habit that jeopardizes their relationships or careers, according to a study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

A European Union report in 2000 uncovered that up to half of 14 to 18-year-old girls in Scotland, Italy and Spain have symptoms of shopping addiction, with 8 % with so called pathological compulsion.

Researchers from the Indiana University in the USA suggest that shopping addiction tends to affect more women than men. People go out and buy things to get a “high”, or get a “rush” just like a drug or alcohol addict, while shopping for things they don’t really need.

I feel that once in a while all of us have that rush. And it doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad one, does it? It doesn’t, as long as our floor doesn’t look like the one on the photo.

Apparently, this fashionista got carried away today. However, I am sure that she will make a break as well.


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