But as much as we all love to splash out in the shops, for shopaholics ( or oniomania
sufferers ( this all-consuming shopping frenzy lasts long past January.
n Make a list of you need when you go shopping - and stick to it n Don't use cheques, credit or debit cards - always pay with a set amount of cash for that day n Plan activities away from shops - for example a visit to the gym or go to see a friend instead n List of every problem you believe is responsible for making you a compulsive shopper and set about solving them one by one n A qualified counsellor is often a good way to tackle deeper issues such as loneliness or depressionDon't ``window shop'' nGet rid of your credit cards nSome antidepressant drugs used to treat obsessive compulsive disorder are also useful for oniomania
is seen as related to a shortage of the brain chemical serotonin, and the new drug is thought to be of the same family of serotonin-boosting anti-depressants like Prozac.
The condition, clinically known as oniomania
, was first identified almost 100 years ago by a German psychiatrist but the number of victims has expanded rapidly in recent years.
n Shopaholic: You buy to deal with psychological feelings of depression, low self-esteem or inadequacy, and so meet the definition of oniomania
I, too, am impelled to confess to a degree of oniomania
["Confessions of an Oniomaniac" by Tait Trussell, Nov.
Doctors have recently discovered that some antidepressant drugs used to treat obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) are also useful for oniomania
It's become so bad we have a name for it: Oniomania
, a psychological disorder of compulsive shopping.
If you didn't know, the word oniomania
comes from the Greek onios, which means "for sale.