A person who is afflicted with shopping addiction may not be aware that he or she already has a compulsive disorder. Some people hide store receipts and credit card bills from their loved ones after splurging in the mall. Meanwhile, others admit that they went shopping, but they keep the exact amount they spent a secret, or they lie to everyone about spending a huge amount of money.
Awareness of shopping addiction
Shopping addiction may be directed at a specific clothing item, brand of accessories or product line. However, some shopping addicts can’t help but spend money not just on clothes, shoes, and jewelry, but also in food and other types of material holdings such as real estate. The compulsion is present even when the person does not have the financial means to sustain the habit of purchasing goods on a regular basis.
People close to the shopping addict usually notice that the person with the habit typically goes shopping when they are feeling sad, depressed, or angry. After shopping, their mood improves