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Compulsive Shopping

8 Signs You're Addicted to Shopping

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 10.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

Although not formally recognized by the medical establishment, compulsive shopping can be a big problem and it's one that is on the rise in my practice.

On 'The 12 Year Old Shopaholic, and Other Big Spending Kids'

April Lane Benson, Ph.D. | Posted 11.30.2014 | Parents
April Lane Benson, Ph.D.

Glorifying over-the-top spending, 12-Year-Old Shopaholic and Other Big Spending Kids, a three-part British documentary, profiles four kids, and their well-meaning, but confused and overindulgent parents whose own unresolved issues result in massive overspending and a financial fog so thick that even the one that blankets London can't compete.

WATCH: Why Retail Therapy Doesn't Actually Work

Posted 08.16.2013 | Style

Buying a brand new dress or fabulous handbag can feel great, but can shopping actually make someone feel better about the problems in his or her life?...

My Husband Had a Spending Addiction and I'm Drowning in Student Loans

Steve Rhode | Posted 08.06.2013 | Business
Steve Rhode

Huffington Post Reader Question Dear Steve, I'm what some would consider a "career" student, and I'm learning several lessons about debt the hard wa...

What You Need To Know About Stress Shopping

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 05.24.2013 | Style

Forget meditation and yoga: For many stressed-out Americans, the best remedy for a stressful day at work or the sting of a painful breakup is the smel...

How Your Wallet Is Crushing Your Self-Esteem (And How To Make It Stop)

Lisa Firestone | Posted 06.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

You may not be able to control the economy or every aspect of your own finances, but you can take control of your attitude and find a great deal of power within your own mentality, integrity, and emotional intelligence.

Compulsive Shopping: The Holiday Addiction

David Sack, M.D. | Posted 02.05.2013 | Healthy Living
David Sack, M.D.

The shopping habits of compulsive spenders tend to fly under the radar to begin with, and in a season in which even normal shoppers are spending like there's no tomorrow, it's easier than usual for compulsive spenders to indulge in (and hide) their problematic purchasing.

Why Black Friday Is Tough For Hoarders

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 11.26.2012 | Fifty

Black Friday comes with its own set of challenges for hoarders, according to Dr. David F. Tolin, author of "Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive A...

Do You Wear Beer Goggles When You Shop?

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 11.01.2012 | Fifty

Wine-and-cheese parties go hand-in-hand with art gallery openings for several reasons, including this one: When you convert the consumer experience in...

Internet Addiction: The Next New Fad Diagnosis

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Science
Allen Frances

There is no doubt that most of us have become hooked on our electronic devices, and that some people are gravely harmed by what develops into an unhealthy and uncontrollable attachment to them. The question is how best to understand, define, and deal with this.

Do We All Have Behavioral Addictions?

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Allen Frances

The relentless march to medicalize normality out of existence is opening a new and especially ridiculous front. The DSM-5 suggests providing a new section for "behavioral addictions."

Getting Unhooked from Addictions

BJ Gallagher | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
BJ Gallagher

Millions of Americans are in the grip of addictive substances (alcohol, drugs, nicotine, caffeine, sugar) or addictive activities (gambling, shopping, sex, internet porn).

Ecotherapy vs. Retail Therapy -- Which is Better?

Linda Buzzell | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Linda Buzzell

Tempted to splurge to beat the blues or deal with stress? A study by the University of Essex in the UK says you're better off taking a walk in nature.

Shopaholism: America's Newest Addiction?

nytimes.com | ALAN FEUER | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Ill-advised shopping has certainly turned up recently in the news, and yet the issue also forms the core of a much more contentious and continuing deb...

Shopaholism: Bad Year To Be A Compulsive Shopper

Wall Street Journal | RACHEL DODES | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The holiday season is notoriously stressful for people with drinking problems and overeating issues. But times have never been tougher for those diagn...