Shopping addiction, which is also known as compulsive shopping disorder or oniomania, is a socially and financially damaging psychological condition. Treatment for patients who seek help for their spending addiction from Priory can include the identification of any deeper psychological problems that may be affecting a person and subsequently treating with therapy and medicines.
Signs and symptoms of a shopping addiction
The Priory can help with identification of shopping addiction and compulsive spending symptoms.
These can include financial problems as a result of spending beyond your means, with this spending hidden from friends and family, feelings of guilt associated with purchases and strain on relationships with loved ones.
Compulsive shopping is linked to many established psychiatric conditions. Amongst others, these include:
Causes of shopping addiction
As with other addictive behaviours, the causes of compulsive shopping can be treated successfully and should therefore be treated as an addiction like any other.
Therefore, the impact of shopping addiction on the sufferer’s quality of life should not be underestimated. The availability of access to the internet, and the greater trust in internet security for money transfer means that many more people who are in search of a bargain can end up in debt. Online stores such as eBay and Amazon are a huge temptation due to their vast product ranges, encouraging us into purchases that we didn’t know we needed which can lead to a spending addiction.
How is compulsive shopping treated at the Priory?
The Priory has treatment centres located across the UK where you can seek help for shopping addiction.
Our experts can expertly assess your current shopping habits in the context of a global assessment of mental health. We can accurately identify any underlying psychological problems, and offer shopping addiction treatment them with a combination of psychology, therapy and medication if required. The most important step is seeking initial shopping addiction help.
The type and length of shopping addiction treatment is dependent on the individual's circumstances and the severity of the condition. Some people are treated as outpatients, which means they come to the Priory for hourly sessions with their consultant, psychologist or therapist. Others require a more structured treatment approach which can include staying as an inpatient at one of the Priory hospitals for the duration of their treatment where they take part in the psychological group programme as well as regular sessions with their consultant. Take a look at all the specific therapy treatment services we offer for shopping addiction.
Take our free initial addiction assessment
We understand embarking upon shopping addiction help can be an emotionally turbulent time for you. With this in mind, the Priory offers a free initial assessment with an experienced therapist at all of our addiction treatment hospitals and clinics to help you discuss your addiction in confidence.