A shopping addict is someone who shops compulsively and who may feel like they have no control over their behavior. Shopping is an enjoyable pastime, and in some cases, it is a real and destructive addiction that can lead to financial disaster. For most people, it means to buy some new clothes for work or a small trinket for a friend.

Iqra Tariq 1Ms. Iqra Tariq currently serves as a Clinical Psychologist at Willing ways Lahore. She had done her Master’s in Applied Psychology, from Lahore Garrison University, Lahore. And graduated from Defence Degree College, Lahore.

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According to Donald Black, professor of psychiatry at the University Of Iowa College Of Medicine, “Compulsive shopping and spending are defined as excessive, inappropriate, and out of control,” Like other addictions, it basically has to do with impulsiveness and lack of control over one’s impulses. In America, shopping is rooted in our culture; so often, the impulsiveness comes out as extreme shopping.” Sometimes shopping addiction referred to as “shopoholism”. Shopping addiction can cause disaster on a person’s life, family, and finances.


Ruth Engs, EdD, a professor of applied health science at Indiana University says that no one knows what causes leads to addictive behaviors, like shopping, alcoholism, drug abuse, and gambling, some of the new evidence suggest that 10% to 15% people may have a genetic predisposition to an addictive behavior, coupled with an environment in which the particular behavior is triggered, but no one really knows why. Individuals will get high from an addictive behavior like shopping, which means that endorphins and dopamine, naturally occurring opiates receptor sites in the brain, get switched on, and the person feels good, and if it feels good they are more likely to do it. There are certainly a lot of commonalities among shopoholics and other addicts, For instance, alcoholics will hide their bottles while shopoholics will hide their purchases.

Symptoms, Causes and Effects of Shopping Addiction
Ruth Engs from Indiana University said that:” some people develop shopping addictions because they fundamentally get addicted to how their brain feels while shopping. As they shop, their brain release endorphins and dopamine, and over time, these feelings become addictive. Engs claims that 10 to 15% of the population may be predisposed to these feelings.