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Could You Or Someone You Love Be A Shopaholic with a Compulsive Spending Problem?

Clinical psychologist Janet Hall reveals Compulsive Buying Disorder symptoms

  • Also include accumulating debt, using shopping to escape negative feeling
  • Shopaholics often have an underlying disorder, like anxiety or depression
  • Recommends replacing shopping with something healthy like meditation

Everyone knows the thrill of the feel of a new dress, the excitement of a fresh pair of boots for autumn, the first smack of a recently purchased lip gloss.

But for some the thrill of shopping can be all consuming, even life ruining.

Many have joked from time to time that they’re addicted to spending, but one in 12 Australians are actually shopaholics.

Australian clinical psychologist Dr Janet Hall appeared on the Today show on Wednesday to reveal the symptoms of Compulsive Buying Disorder, also known as onomania.


Dr Hall revealed that the CBD is ‘not necessarily’ a psychological disorder on its own, but is reflective of an ‘underlying disorder’.

‘Usually anxiety, anger management, depression or low self-esteem,’ she said. ‘But it is a real compulsion.’

Dr Hall noted that many people with CBD hide their purchases from their loved ones and use multiple credit cards to buy things.

‘They use the shopping as a way of being somebody they’re not,’ she said. ‘They get their sense of power out of it.’

This is easier than ever in today’s age of online shopping, where people with a credit card can buy things 24/7 without their loved ones having a clue.

‘No one will know that you’ve done that,’ Dr Hall said, ‘That you’ve blown all that money.’

Dr Hall noted that many people with CBD hide their purchases from their loved ones and use multiple credit cards to buy things

‘And you have a real sense of, momentarily, I am the powerful one, I have chosen this and I’ll have as many as I want.’

‘Often they don’t even need these things and they may already have a lot of them.’

Additional symptoms of CBD include accumulating debit, a breakdown in your relationships and using shopping to to escape negative feelings.

‘They are definitely compensating for their anxieties and depressions, and when they try to stop they can’t,’ Dr Hall said.

But how can you tell the difference between someone who enjoys shopping to someone who actually has a problem?

Symptoms of CBD include accumulating debit, a breakdown in relationships and using shopping to to escape negative feelings

Dr Hall revealed that it’s the consequences that come afterward that can reveal if someone actually has a condition.

‘Serious consequences are you’re in so much debt you can’t even pay your bills, and people are telling you that you need real support and real counselling,’ she said.

Dr Hall said the first step to treating CBD is owning up to the fact that you’re a shopaholic and identifying what triggers it.

‘What is it that pushes you to want to go shop? What are the needs you’re seeking to be filled,’ Dr Hall said.

‘Do you need some companionship, do you need a massage, do you need some loving touch, do you need some rest and relaxation?’

Dr Hall recommends replacing shopping with something healthier, like meditation or exercise, as well as getting support.

‘Financially, you need someone who knows what to do and minimise your debts, and you need someone who loves and cares for you but will make you be accountable.’


Compulsive Buying Disorder is often seen with mood, anxiety or eating disorders, as well as substance abuse.

It often appears in the late teens or early twenties, and is usually chronic.

Symptoms include:

-Accumulating Debt

-Hiding purchases from loved one

-Breakdowns in relationships between friends and family

-Compensating for negative feelings by buying things

-Trying to stop shopping but unable to
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4468162/Signs-shopping-addiction.html#ixzz4hHF1fPlF
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By Anneta Konstantinides For Daily Mail Australia

PUBLISHED: 12:30 +10:00, 3 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:30 +10:00, 3 May 2017


Have you ever written down a goal and put the bit of paper aside but every now and then you saw it and wondered if it would ever come true?

In 1991 I was a very sad newly-single mother of two but I was determined to be successful on my own and made a list of my goals .I made a self-hypnosis audio for myself to listen to my goals as I went to sleep at night.

One of those goals was to be invited to speak at the Million Dollar Round Table annual conference –the biggest in the world for Finance Consultants

As the years passed I read my list of goals every New Year and noted that some had come true. I was presenting on radio and television regularly. I had developed audio-programs and written books that were selling consistently. As a speaker I had presented on topics ranging from parenting to conflict resolution and of course goal-setting. I had written the manual for a software program called Goal Maker.


Now here’s where I begin to get tingles down my spine. Seventeen years later I went to my laptop on a cold dark winter’s morning and opened an email which said “You have been invited to speak at the Million Dollar round Table in Indianapolis, USA in June 2009”.

The speaker-seeker had found me on the web!

It was a grand success with me presenting to a full house twice!
However…it was somewhat “over the top” for financial consultants – so I was asked to submit another topic.

Note the learnings ABOUT TRUST I highlighted in red above?

Well I am very proud to announce that I am speaking for the MDRT again this year at Orlando on 7th June – the topic is – DODGING DODGY PEOPLE: SAVE YOUR TIME, MONEY AND HEARTACHE

See this link –http://www.imdrt.org/2017am/2017/template2.php?id=39

And stay tuned for Free Webinars which I will present online so YOU can learn from and ENJOY!

​​​​​​​Dr Jan

Women’s Health & Fitness Summit

Dr Janet Hall will be speaking at the Women’s Health & Fitness Summit in Melbourne in October 2017. Her topic is “Understanding and Facilitating The Elusive Orgasm”.

Find the Time to Make Love

One of Australia’s foremost experts in the field of family, relationships and sexual therapy – prominent psychologist Dr Janet Hall – says too many Australians are getting their priorities wrong in 2016, and failing to find the time to make love … let alone do it well.


Dr Hall, who presented at SEXPO MELBOURNE (Nov 24 – 27) says modern everyday stresses are getting in the way of healthy loving.  Too many Aussies are shutting down, not expressing their true feelings, are forgetting to listen, and are simply not making the all-important time for an intimate connection with the person they love.

“All of us need to know that finding the time for love making in a relationship can be a challenge, which is why many Australians should be making it a priority,” notes Dr Hall.

“Ultimately it’s about having a real and soulful connection with your partner that needs to be pursued, and not the first casualty of emails, work or any other 24/7 living pressures.”


OUR 24/7 LIFESTYLE IS A RELATIONSHIP KILLER – We are online, on call and in demand – more often than not for others.  Emails, texts, phone calls and work requests can arrive at any time of the day. We don’t stop at 5pm to have our own life any more.

UNDER PRESSURE – Then there are the ‘normal’ stresses involving money, raising children and a seemingly hectic and relentless pace of needing to get things done.

CHANGING YOUR LIFE (AND RELATIONSHIP) FOR THE BETTER – Dr Hall presented ‘Great Sex In A Loving Relationship’ at Sexpo’s S.H.A.R.E Seminars (Sexual Health and Relationship Education).  Dr Hall is an energetic and humourous presenter who delivers practical and well-researched information, drawing from her 35-years of experience as a professional therapist.

WORLD FIRST – MOTHER & DAUGHTER ‘SEXPERTS’ – In what may well be a Mother & Daughter ‘world first’ Dr Hall’s daughter, PamElla, also spoke at the S.H.A.R.E Seminars  PamElla is a practicing Tantra Coach, helping men, women and couples to find greater fulfilment in their lives.  Both Dr Janet and PamElla are available for interview.

Sexpo Melbourne www.sexpo.com.au
For more information contact Lighthouse Media on 0409 650 834 or brian@lighthousemedia.com.au


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