Online Shopping Addiction is a Form of Mental Disorder and Needs Official Acceptance, Psychologists Say

by Helen Gonzales
Online Shopping Addiction is a Form of Mental Disorder and Needs Official Acceptance, Psychologists Say

People, particularly women, are fond of shopping, let it be online or offline. Some people even crave for shopping. They have to spend money and buy some other things say clothes, accessories, shoes, watches, etc. But beware if you have the same feeling regarding shopping, particularly the online one. Physiologist claim dominating online shopping should be identified as a mental health issue in itself. It is because researchers have discovered common features between BSD (buying-shopping disorder) and other addictions, including compulsions. Psychotherapists have asserted people of revealing concerning signs of compulsive behavior due to the handiness of internet shopping.

Scientists said around 5% of the grownups in developed countries had some or the other type of BSD. It is an intense form of craving, which has affected more than 2.5 million adults in Britain. Until now, the WHO has not considered it a type of mental illness, unlike addiction to video games, kleptomania, gambling, etc. Experts note the BSD exists for many years, but now it is adopting a new direction in the digital age. Remarkably, the strange shopping disorder now impacts one person among 20. These addicted people may wind up advertising the things they order, end up in liability, fight with near ones, and lose self-control completely.

A study has analyzed 122 people affected by mental illness and seeking assistance. The scientists have discovered that patients had sadness and fear at increased rates than ordinary. The patients described that the hike of online stores, home delivery services, and apps had introduced a new sense of a compulsive shopper. Even more, the internet has eased shopping by making things more accessible, faceless, and affordable. Dr. Astrid Müller, a psychotherapist at Hannover Medical School, Germany, is the leading author of the study. She said they expect the finding revealing the frequency of compulsive online shopping among BSD patients will boost future research resolving the diverse phenomenological attributes. The team had published the study in the journal Comprehensive Psychiatry.

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