Forced online shopping should be recognized as a mental disorder, say psychologists

Forced online shopping should be recognized as a mental illness in itself, say psychologists

  • An estimated purchasing disorder affects approximately 5 percent of people
  • They have & # 39; irresistible & # 39; urges and & # 39; craving to buy & # 39 ;, says psychiatry
  • Release of dopamine encourages shoppers to repeat behavior for the & # 39; high & # 39;
  • & # 39; Debt, dysfunctional family life and surrendered children & # 39; to be effects
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Forced online shopping should be recognized as a mental illness in itself, say psychologists.

This is because the buying-buying disorder (BSD) has similarities with other addictions and compulsive acts.

The international classification of diseases, used by psychiatrists to classify mental disorders, does not mention them as a separate disorder.

Purchasing disorder affects 5 percent of people and, according to the study in the journal Comprehensive Psychiatry, should be given more recognition because patients must be treated.

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Purchasing disorder affects 5 percent of people and, according to the study in the journal Comprehensive Psychiatry, should be given more recognition because patients must be treated.

But researchers say there are specific symptoms that place it in a class of its own, with a & # 39; subtype & # 39; of patients with worse symptoms who shop on the internet.

Recognition as a separate condition, according to the study in the journal Comprehensive Psychiatry, can help patients realize that they need treatment. It is estimated that the disorder affects around 5 percent of the population.

Forced customers have "extreme care and desire to buy," the researchers write, and "irresistible" urges to own consumer goods, buy more than they can afford, need or use to alleviate negative feelings.

But this leads to extreme misery, family disputes, clutter of hoarding of goods, debts, deception and embezzlement, say researchers who rated 122 store addicts in Germany. Younger patients who purchase online tended to display the worst symptoms.

Shopping apps attract people to shop online, either for themselves or by giving an excessive gift to their friends and family (eBay app, file image)

Shopping apps attract people to shop online, either for themselves or by giving an excessive gift to their friends and family (eBay app, file image)

Shopping apps attract people to shop online, either for themselves or by giving an excessive gift to their friends and family (eBay app, file image)

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Lead researcher Astrid Muller of the Hanover Medical School said: "It is really time to recognize BSD as a separate mental illness. We hope that our results demonstrating the prevalence of addictive online shopping will encourage research. & # 39;

Addiction therapist Pamela Roberts, from The Priory Hospital Woking, in Surrey, said she offered more recognition for how harmful BSD – or oniomania – can be, which affects relationships, work, finances, and emotions.

Store addicts are experiencing an increase in chemical dopamine in the brain, making them want to buy more so they can repeat the "high," she said. Auction sites attract people to shop in gambling style, while apps allow day and night purchases.

She added: "People with oniomania feel completely ruled by the compulsion to shop and spend, either for themselves or by excessive gifts to others.

The time – let alone the emotional stress – involved in searching, scrolling on social media, visiting stores, juggling credit card accounts, hiding purchases from family and returning goods can cause serious disruption.

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"It can lead to serious debts, dysfunctional family life and neglected or excessive children."

WHAT IS THE COMPULSIVE PURCHASE DISORDERS?

First mentioned in the early 20th century, it is a disease where patients go way too far, to the point of serious financial or social problems.

Also known as & # 39; compulsive spending disorder & # 39; or oniomania, it has been associated with other impulse disorders such as drug abuse, alcoholism and gambling.

Sufferers may feel compelled to splash on things they don't need, want or use because they enjoy the recognition or importance that a large customer has, or to reinforce low self-esteem.

One line of thought says that purchases close the gap between how patients see themselves and how they want to be seen, or their & # 39; ideal self & # 39 ;.

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That is why luxury shoes, body care items and expensive electrical items often pop up in their shopping lists.

It is reinforced by a materialistic attitude that says that one's self-esteem only comes from what he has.

Sufferers say to themselves that the more they have – and the more expensive it is – the better & # 39; better & # 39; they must be.

Forced shoppers are mainly motivated by the desire to change their state of mind – for which shopping becomes an easy solution.

But the high is fleeting and soon shoppers notice that they are forced to keep their good mood.

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Source: Psychology today

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