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Warning Signs That You're Actually Addicted to Shopping

By: Joe Hyer

May 4, 2017

For starters, there is no such thing as being an actual "shopaholic." There is, however, a condition called Compulsive Buying Disorder (CBD)

CBD is usually caused by an underlying disorder. That could be anxiety, anger management, depression, low self-esteem, etc.

So how can you tell the difference between someone who enjoys shopping and someone with CBD?

Australian psychologist Dr. Janet Hall says that having problems after the shopping usually makes the difference. Some of the signs that someone is suffering from CBD can include:

  • accumulating a lot of debt
  • not being able to pay their bills
  • hiding purchases from a loved one

Identifying the triggers that drive someone to go shopping are crucial for overcoming the disease. Dr. Hall suggests replacing shopping with something healthier (like meditation or exercise) when someone feels like they were triggered to go shopping.