Since we have just experienced Black Friday, this might be a good time of year to address compulsive shopping. Giving into an occasional impulse buy is perfectly normal. The majority of Americans enjoy shopping as a pleasant task of everyday life. These days we are bombarded not only by shopping networks, but by the internet as well. Marketers have made a science of getting us to buy.
Do you feel that you or a loved one may have crossed the threshold from occasional bargain hunter to compulsive shopper? The irresistible desire to shop is known as compulsive buying disorder or oniomania. According to research by World Psychiatry, 5.8% of Americans are afflicted with the disorder. Women comprise 80% of that total.
Let’s talk about it. Seek guidance and self exploration with the help of Penelope J. Hooks, M.D. She has been working with shopping addictions of various types for more than ten years. She will discuss your particular case and offer valuable solutions to overspending and related disorders. If you live in the Houston area, call Dr. Hooks at (713) 521-9087 and visit her website at www.pjhooksmd.com and listen to her audio on shopaholism.