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.
`Buying mania' is the literal translation from the Latin word oniomania and is thought to be driven by the same type of motivation that fuels alcoholism or drug addiction.
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
In her study of the rise of the shoplifter/kleptomaniac at the end of the nineteenth century, Abelson shows the relationship between shoplifting, shopping, and sexual desire; kleptomania and "oniomania
" ("the inability to stop shopping") were perceived as types of sexual mania and female hysteria.
Today, 15 million people suffer from the condition - clinically known as oniomania
- in America alone.
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
. This is a compulsive urge or psychological need to repeatedly purchase items you don't need.
I, too, am impelled to confess to a degree of oniomania
["Confessions of an Oniomaniac" by Tait Trussell, Nov./Dec.
* 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." Translation: I'm a shopaholic.