Is Online Shopping Addiction Considered A Mental Condition?

I will cover this area briefly in my blog. We all love shopping online right? I’m guilty of shopping online as well. For me its the convenience, I don’t even have to leave my home, there is a variety of products to choose from, great deals, styles etc; I can go on and on. I mean online shopping is really hard resist. But how much is too much and when does it become unhealthy?

Is Online Shopping Addiction A Mental Health Condition?

Many psychologists have argued online shopping addiction is a mental health condition.

The term that is used to describe online shopping addiction is Buying-shopping disorder (BSD), and researchers believe that it affects 5% of the population.

Buying-shopping disorder (BSD) has been recognized for decades, although it is not currently classified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Of Mental Disorders (DSM) as an official disorder of its own. Buying-Shopping Disorder, falls under a category named ‘other specified impulse control disorder’.

Online shopping addiction is unhealthy?

BSD, particularly the online form, can result in a loop of extreme cravings for buying things and satisfaction when spending money. In turn, these cravings lead to a breakdown in self-control and ‘extreme distress’ as well as other psychiatric problems.

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Published by Coach Amy

BS, Psychology graduate, Certified NLP Master Practitioner, Certified Life Coach, training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) Certified Confidence Life Coach,

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